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.
New Papers in the Pipeline
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.
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.
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 outstand 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.
Jon was the keynote speaker at this conference.
Read about the experience here.
Read Jon's Enrichment Conference paper.
2009 to 2016
Jon has been consulting with the United Nations Environment in Afghanistan since 2009, making eleven mission through 2016. Work inbcluded helping to plan two national parks and developing and field testing strategies to help remote mountain villages become more resilent to climate change and reduce risk from natural diasters.
Jon also prepared a master plan for Kabul Zoo.
Photos from various trips here.
Video of the great new advances being made at Philadelphia Zoo showing the Tree Top Trail system.
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This video taken by a zoo visitor shows two tigers enjoying the crossing: Tiger Crossing on Youtube.