TVK ZooDesign will be present at the EAZA Annual Conference 2017 at Wildlands Adventure Zoo (September 19th – 23rd ) in Emmen (Netherlands). Tom Kraak will be present several days of the conference. If you are interested in the work we have done or if you have questions about the office, please feel free to have a talk with Tom during the conference. It is also a good opportunity to see what we can do for your zoo in the future. Looking forward meeting you!
For more information on the EAZA Annual Conference please visit their website.
On June 2 GaiaZOO opened their new exhibits for Barbary macaque and lynxes. TVK ZooDesign participated in several phases of the design. There is a new and larger exhibit for lynxes and the former lynx exhibit was extended for Barbary macaque. Check the project page for more information and photo’s.
TVK ZooDesign was asked to redesign the green structure of some streets in the neighbourhood Zuidhoven (Dordrecht, NL). Together with the residents of the streets, the green structure was redesigned. The 60 year old magnolia’s trees will be the new focus point of the street with new shrubs and flowering plants around these trees. The design will be constructed in October 2017.
The EAZA asked TVK ZooDesign to write an article about the design method the office uses. This resulted in an article in ZooQuaria Issue 96, Spring 2017. You can download a copy from the EAZA-website.
In October 2015 TVK ZooDesign participated in the design contest for a new snow leopard exhibit for Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart (Germany). TVK ZooDesign was invited as one of the five design teams and the only non-German design team. Unfortunately the design competition was not won. More information about the proposed design can be found on the projects page.
The latest project in GaiaZOO is open: the Taiga aviary. The main bird is the monk vulture which is accompanied with a large group of other vultures, pigeons, crane birds, hoopoe and European roller. The aviary is the transition in the Taiga-part of the zoo between the European and Asian parts. Camels and the new red panda exhibit complement the “Asian-part” of the Taiga. TVK ZooDesign was asked to participate in the design at various levels.
TVK ZooDesign has become an EAZA Cooperate Member from October 2016 onwards.
GaiaZOO has opened the new exhibit for red panda’s. Together with muntjacs, swans and ducks the panda’s live in an 1.100m2exhibit. Visitors can view the animals from different parts viewpoints at different heights. Also visitors of the Hof van Gaia can have an view into the exhibit. TVK ZooDesign was asked to study the different options for a red panda exhibit and to make a more detailed landscape design for the exhibit together with the team of GaiaZOO.
The new African wild dog exhibit of GaiaZOO has opened in early 2016. Together with the team of GaiaZOO, a new large exhibit was designed. TVK ZooDesign was asked to design the landscape and plantings for the new exhibit. Special feature is the new pond which acts as a natural water storage and drains the slopes around the pond. At this way, the ground is not to wet for plantings and the African wild dogs have a natural drinking pool.
GaiaZOO has started with the construction of a second project in 2016. Next to the Himalaya exhibit, TVK ZooDesign was asked to make design for a new African wild dog exhibit. GaiaZOO determined the border of the exhibit and the type of fencing and asked to make a design for the landscape.