Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden : South American exhibit

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Auer, Michael R.
Cairns, Malcolm D.
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Honors College
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The primary purpose of zoos today is to provide an immersive and educational experience for the visitor. However, many zoos around the world are designed in such a way that a disconnect is created between the visitor and the animal. Modern zoos have come a long way from .the barred cages of a century ago. While direct contact is not possible with most animals, a more immersive, personal, experience is always achievable through good design. Today, visitors usually enjoy a more natural setting in which the animals are viewed. Often times, there are not even any visible barriers between the visitor and the animal. This new school of thought on how a zoo should look and act has given visitors a much more valuable experience by allowing them to view animals in a similar way in which they might see them in the wild. However, even today, there still exists a visitor-animal disconnect, resulting in the need for furthering the concepts of what an exhibit should be.