The animals enjoy greenery as well!

However overworked, I finally found some time to update my blog and write a few words about the 10th Anniversary Conference of EAZA Zoohorticultural Group in Budapest, Hungary.

For those of you who are not familiar with the subject, I  will start with a short explanation. In short, all good zoos in Europe belong to the EAZA, which stands for European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. This organisation groups the zoological gardens together ; helping them with mutual cooperation, dealing with breeding programmes, keeping issues and all the other important and complicated subjects. Those of you who are interested should visit  http://www.eaza.net .

Why am I writing about it? 10 years ago some people working in the zoos, but dealing with plants and exhibitions design decided that their role is important and they should organise their own, separate conference. Since than the group meets every year in May, talking, sharing new projects and experiences and trying to mark their presence  and the importance of plants in zoological gardens.

This year the conference was held in Budapest in the last week of May. Apart from presentations, speeches and discussions, all very wise and educational, the guests were welcome with truly Hungarian spirit – given palinka and Tokay, fed plenty of goulash and finally forced to learn some traditional Hungarian dances (although after palinka no one had to be truly forced to dance anymore).

The presentations included, among many others, the new masterplan for the Paris zoo and a very entertaining presentation of the new Arctica exhibit in Rotterdam zoo. The author of this blog shyly presented her design of the greenery for the new elephant house in Poznan New Zoo (you can find it in portfolio section).

The development of landscape architecture in zoos is of huge importance for our gardens, which are now more and more seen as tourist attractions, and therefore given more funds for development. We can observe it as the elephant house in Poznań, investments in Wrocław or even revitalisation of  Toruń Zoo. I must add that I had my part in this latest development. The drawing will be available in portfolio after the tender is finished.

For now, please enjoy a few pictures from Budapest  – they show a ring-tailed lemur sculpture and its living counterpart and the new and very green gorilla exhibit in Budapest Zoo.

Please support your local zoological gardens!

P.S. In few days time there will be more drawings of current designs available in the portfolio section.

19:36 | by Marta

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