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No Cages In Future Zoos Is Zootopia?

A cage-free version of the Givskud Zoo in central Denmark has been created by the Danish architecture firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).


(Zootopia at Givskud Zoo in Denmark by Bjarke Ingels Group )

“Architects’ greatest and most important task is to design man-made ecosystems—to ensure that our cities and buildings suit the way we want to live,” the company said of the project in a statement.

“Nowhere is this challenge more acrimonious that in a zoo. It is our dream—with Givskud—to create the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals’ lives and relationships with each other and visitors.”

The 300-acre complex will be divided into open range sections for Asian, African, and American ecosystems. Visitors will be able to survey the giant paddocks from a high perimeter wall, or can take in the sights by bike, boat, truck, or even cable car. There will also be a four mile hiking trail that borders each of the three main ranges.

The redesign will probably not be implemented until 2019.

Frank Herbert writes about a very special (and dangerous) alien zoological park, which also goes the extra mile in concealing any use of fences, in his underappreciated 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment:

The park covered about thirty hectares, deep in a well of Bureau buildings. It was a scrambling hodgepodge of plantings cut by wide paths which circled and twisted through specimens from every inhabited planet of the known universe.... Giant Spear Pines from Sasak occupied a knoll near one corner surrounded by mounds of Flame Briar from Rudiria. There were bold stretches of lawn and hidden scraps of lawn, and some flat stretches of greenery which were not lawns at all but mobile sheets of predatory leaf imprisoned behind thin moats of caustic water...

Sometimes, floral perfumes stopped his progress and held him in a momentary olfactory thralldom while his eyes searched out the source. As often as not, the plant would be a dangerous one - a flesh eater or poison-sweat variety. Warning signs in flashing Galach guarded such plantings. Sonabarriers, moats, and force fields edged the winding paths in many areas...
(Read more about Frank Herbert's alien zoo)

From Bjarke Ingels Group via Vice.

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