We are happy to announce our founder, Julia Hanuliakova, has started a new chapter in her life as the new Director of Zoo Bratislava. Her legacy and excellence in design will continue with Russell Ploutz being promoted to Principal and Megan Nielsen Hegstad joining the Zoo Design Inc leadership team as Associate Principal. We wish Julia success on her new endeavor and look forward to ZDI's next adventures in design.
to Animal-Centered Design
Zoo Design Inc was founded in 2012 to provide excellent design services that support wellness of people, animals, and conservation of the natural world.
We create new relationships between people and wildlife by offering design solutions focusing on the best possible life experience for animals in residence, respecting their connection with their environment.
We create joyful visitor experiences and provide beautiful, conscientious design solutions - holistic designs help animals’ well-being, assist keepers with good husbandry, and enhance the visitor’s understanding of the value of wildlife in its native environment.
"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a worlds older and more complete than ours... gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the bet of life and time."
–Henry Breston, The Outhermost House
We believe that having the best animal welfare is the foundation of great visitor experiences. Our understanding of the cognitive and emotional dimensions of visitors leverages the intimate animal encounters and the educational landscapes of our projects for impactful, empowering, and inspiring visits.
Save the World and Have Fun
Our company motto is ‘Save the World and Have Fun’. It roots our actions and our designs in how we approach creating connections between people and animals. We believe fun makes learning more effective, it makes work easier, and most importantly nature is full of fun.