Beauval, Saint-Aignan, France. “We
are always trying to ;nd a good balance between animal and zookeeper
needs and public satisfaction,” he says.
Re-creating a wild yet inviting kingdom isn’t cheap or easy. Budget and
schedule constraints are front of mind for
project leaders, because government-and donor-funded zoo projects rely
on public interest. ;is funding and
stakeholder environment can put the onus
on project managers to make tough choices for
sponsors and project teams, says Patrick Janikowski,
principal of zoo projects at design ;rm PJA Architects,
Seattle, Washington, USA.
“Zoo projects are a constant challenge,” Mr. Janikowski says.
One common challenge facing teams tasked with developing new zoo spaces is
the complexity of re-creating an animal’s natural habitat. Project teams must
help designers look for innovative approaches that can meet requirements on
both the animal and human sides of the project. For instance, putting shaded
areas or heated rocks near viewing windows can keep animals alert and close to
visitors, Mr. Janikowski says.
“We always start by designing animal-appropriate spaces,” he says. His project
teams make sure that all designs align with standards set by the Association of
“It’s not just about providing food and water; it’s about giving
the animals choices that enrich their lives.”
—Kevin Tanner, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Australia