Dear Everyone, This is my foray on the forum. Many thanks to Nigel. I recently recieved a Watson Fellowship (a post-undergraduate grant before continuing on to veterinary school) for a 12 month study of zoo architecture. I will look not only at species composition and the macro design of the zoos, but also the way that the enclosures are engineered- and specifically how this reflects the modern shift of the zoo to focus on conservation efforts and present a more uniform picture of the animals' habitat and allow for behavior. I am planning on visiting a variety of zoos in South Africa, Madagascar, China, the Ukraine and Sweden. I am, naturally, very excited about the study- but am unfortunately approaching it with the fresh eyes of one just out of college instead of the wisened eyes of an architect or a zoo director (I have worked with animals from a young age- and have worked in zoos so I do have SOME qualifications). Any advice or brainstorming on zoos in the countries that I will visit, would be much appreciated.