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The thread on the "perfect" zoo got me pondering.

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Daktari JG, 16 Jul 2018.

  1. Daktari JG

    Daktari JG Well-Known Member 10+ year member

    27 Jan 2014
    Las Vegas United States
    What makes an ideal exhibit?
    I came up with a list of things that to me would be an ideal exhibit or house.
    This is what I came up with (not in any particular order):

    high LEED rating for construction
    energy and water efficiency
    good viewing vs animals able to hide balance
    Able to hold multiple pairs/groups/ flocks etc and rotate for exhibit and off exhibit
    encourage breeding (nest boxes, dens, substrate to lay eggs etc)
    easy to clean/sanitary
    good ventilation if indoors and seperate for each exhibit
    access to water at all times
    shade for substantial portions of exhibit at all times if outdoors
    enrichment/stimulation that encourages full use of space
    exceed AZA recommendations for space requirements
    keeper safety
    unobstructed views
    allows animals to exhibit full range of behaviors/activities
    allows close contact and ability for visitors to hear and smell animals as well
    good signage -pic of critter(s), range map conservation status diet habitat, specific info on animals exhibited