Detroit Zoo chimpanzee immersion exhibit. Photo: M. Davidson
The concept of immersion design is to immerse animals and guests in the same re-created theme area, habitat or landscape. Animals and visitors are separated by hidden barriers. In its purest sense, landscape immersion design takes the position "nature is the best model". This concept has gradually gained world-wide acceptance and is often considered "best practice".
"The landscape immersion approach arose from the naturalistic exhibit traditions of Hagenbeck and Akeley. It is responsive to our increased concern to protect wild animals and wild places by educating and involving urban populations. This approach benefited mutually from parallel development in exhibit materials technology and craft and the introduction of contextual exhibits in museums.
Use of immersion exhibits seems to give great scope to affective learning and, based on its present popularity, adds important recreational dimensions as well. " Quoted from "Landscape Immersion —- Origins and Concepts " by Jon Coe '1994 AZA Annual Conference Proceedings. The landscape immersion term and approach were developed in 1975 by Grant Jones, Dennis Paulson, Jon Coe and David Hancocks for Woodland Park Zoo.
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