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An online interview with Jon Coe and Teresa Sauquet


An online interview with Jon Coe


2020 New Papers: Two Technical papers soon to be published. Jon collaborated with animal welfare and training expert Sabrina Brando on a lengthy paper titled “Confronting Back-of-House Traditions” and suggesting ways to make animals in zoos, sanctuaries and research laboratories more self-sufficient on a 24/7 basis. We are currently seeking a publisher. The second paper, provisionally titled “Using Technology to Empower Zoo Animals” is co-authored by animal sanctuary and release specialist Julia Hoy. It will be published in a book titled “Enriching the Lives of Animals”, edited by Ann Morrison scheduled for release next year.


2020: Zoodoo Zoo Workshop

Zoodoo Zoo Workshop








Jon co-facilitated an interactive vision workshop for Zoodoo Zoo in Tasmania with Australian zoo curatorial legend Graeme Phipps, hosted by owner Donna Cuttris-Smith and attended by top zoo specialist and former Phipps’ students from across Australia.


2019 Florida Lecture: Jon delivered lectures on trends in zoo design and animal wellbeing at Jacksonville Zoo and The Center for Great Apes, both in Florida, and had the honour to participate in a lengthy televised interview conducted by legendary zoo director and innovator Dr Terry Maple.

Tokiwa Zoo

Jon with founder and director Patti Ragan at the Center for Great Apes. Jon recommended the great ape elevated tunnels twenty years ago.


2019 Lecture Tour in Japan: Jon delivered lectures on new trends in zoo animal displays and welfare at the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment in Kyoto and spoke at the Osaka Fine Arts University International Design Conference, Osaka Tennoji Zoo, Kobi Animal Kingdom and Tokiwa Zoo in Yamaguchi. Jon was honoured to tour several outstanding Japanese gardens of the Meiji Period guided by master landscape architect Masahiro Yashita. This memorable tour was hosted by long-time friend and master zoo design landscape architect Kenji Wako.

Tokiwa Zoo

One of Professor Kenji Wako's amazing "deep immersion" primate exhibits at Tokiwa Zoo.


2015: Jon presented a TED-type talk on the future of zoos and themed attracytions in the age of climate hange at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Hong Kong. Jon's talk was hosted by Taman Safaris Indonesia.


More Additional News items here.


Enrichment Conference
Wroclaw, Poland

Jon was the keynote speaker at this conference.

Read about the experience here.

Read Jon's Enrichment Conference paper.


Philadlephia Zoo Trail

Philly's Treetop Trails

Video of the great new advances being made at Philadelphia Zoo with the Tree Top Trail system.

Click to read what other people say and also if you Want More Background On This Animal Movement Network Concept.


Bali Safari and Marine Park has produced a new promotional video available on You Tube Video Link.


As some of you know, I've been consulting with the United Nations Environment Program in Afghanistan on 11 missions through 2009.

Photos from various trips here.

Jon in Afghanistan in 2009




Click to read The Future of Zoos as prepared for Canisius College Conference.


The goal of Jon Coe Design is to collaborate in the creation of enriching and sustainable environments for people, plants and animals.

Photo of Jon Coe and friends

We specialize in planning and design of Zoological Parks and Botanical Gardens

Our niche is:

Early involvement in preplanning and concept planning to help set the best course for the project.

Ongoing facilitation, consultation and participation on the client's behalf in large design teams.

Key sub-consultant in multi-disciplinary design teams.

Special resource for information about zoo planning and design.


These flexible approaches, developed from years of experience, make your dreams and ideas become effective built environments.


Want to learn more about "immersion", "storylines" and "message-driven design" or about design for behavioural enrichment, animal training or rotation exhibits? Visit the Trends section.

Contributions to the planning of over 150 projects for more than 60 zoo and aquarium clients in 7 countries are highlighted in this section...or check a short list of Species Specific projects.


The bibliography of Jon's publications is amazing in its scope and diversity. Many of these professional papers which cover important planning and design concepts are available as PDF files here. Some of Jon's non-professional writing is also included. "From the Field", a collection of poems from his travels and a short story, "The Dream Pig" are also presented. Visit Bali Safari and Marine Park project's Phase One — a slide show of a newly built park in Indonesia.

Planning and Design Experience – This is a long list, see Zoo Species Specific Examples or Botanical Garden Project Examples for a quick survey.

With a horticulturist father, Jon's education and interest in plants started at a very early age. Planning and designing botanical exhibits require many of the same tools as zoo work. Some botanical display trends are discussed here.

Several projects explore the re-creation of ecologically-based displays and unique learning environments.

Find Jon's resume and research travels here. Jon's innovative work has gained international recognition. Learn about project awards and his personal awards and media recognition here. Also find information to contact Jon Coe Design, Pty. Ltd. Email here!


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