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Events and Travel Notes are presented here:



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.




Florida Lectures

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.




Enrichment Conference

Wroclaw, Poland

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.


Philadelphia Zoo

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

Click to read what other people say and to learn for more Background On This Animal Movement Network Concept.

LAM article "Watching Us Watching Them .. "what other people say and to learn more Background On This Animal Movement Network Concept.

This video taken by a zoo visitor shows two tigers enjoying the crossing: Tiger Crossing on Youtube.



Hong Kong

Jon presented a TED-type talk on the future of zoos and themed attractions in the age of climate change at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Hongkong. Jon’s talk was hosted by Taman Safaris Indonesia.


Bali Safari and Marine Park

Jon worked with Taman Safari between 2006 and 2017 developing a brand new park on Bali. The Park originally opened in 2007. They have produced many videos of the Park which can seen on their YouTube channel. Visit them here.




Pretoria Enrichment Conference

The biannual conferences was hosted by the National Zoological Park, Pretoria, and held in the Dinokeng Wildlife reserve at Kwalata Safari Lodge. Read more about this conference trip.



This recent video was taken at the Melbourne Zoo: Elephants Swimming for Enrichment and Fun.




The Future of Zoos

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


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