June 12, 2017

WAZA is the voice of a global community of zoos and aquariums and a catalyst for their joint conservation action.

April 5, 2017

With the effort to understand the conservation needs of zoos, we started collaborating with the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG).  We created a working group called Designing Zoos for Survival of Species in which we are discussing how the physical environm...

October 26, 2016

Large natural exhibits are good for animal health but if animals are absent visitors can be disappointed. Through good design and animal husbandry strategies utilizing enrichment, a knowledge of animal behavior, exhibit organization and visitor expectations animals can...

September 9, 2016

My studio apartment in downtown Seattle is on the fourth floor of an old building crowned with gothic architecture. I live right at tree level with two Little Leaf Lindens trees reaching their arms into my open windows on a daily basis. Because I am an avid plant colle...

August 22, 2016

 MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS

We overlay Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid with a tree to express the aspiration of the World Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Strategy; that is, to direct animal welfare attention towards the highest categories of Maslow’s pyramid of wel...

September 22, 2014

For the past 12 years, zoo design has been my profession and passion. In 2012 I founded Zoo Design, Inc. a collaboration of designers and animal welfare specialists. I am also an instructor at the Seattle Art Institute.  Every week I move back and forth between zoos an...

September 22, 2014

Julia is headed off to the EAZA Annual Conference 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.  She will be presenting this poster, which she adapted from her 2013 WAZA presentation, on Animal-focused Exhibit Design there this year.  Check out the Students tab to see her other poster pr...

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