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Three years of experience running the Masoala Rainforest ecosystem at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland


Bauert, M; Furrer, S C; Zingg, R; Steinmetz, H W (2007). Three years of experience running the Masoala Rainforest ecosystem at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland. International Zoo Yearbook, 41(1):203-216.

Abstract

Masoala Rainforest is an 11 000m2 greenhouse ecosystem within Zurich Zoo, Switzerland, inaugurated in July 2003. This exhibit acts as an ambassador for the Masoala National Park, Madagascar, with the aim of displaying an authentic representation of Masoala National Park and thus raising awareness of the threatened animal and plant biodiversity of Madagascar, and especially the Masoala Peninsula. As of November 2006, the artificial Masoala Rainforest ecosystem harbours 478 plant, six mammal, 22 bird, seven reptile, two amphibian, three fish and more than 50 invertebrate species. All animals are free roaming within the ecosystem and the sound integration of a conservation initiative into the concept of the exhibit created a tremendous response in the national as well as international press, resulting in a substantial increase in visitor numbers. In this paper, we present Zoo Zurich’s experience after 3 years, of running a complex artificial ecosystem.

Abstract

Masoala Rainforest is an 11 000m2 greenhouse ecosystem within Zurich Zoo, Switzerland, inaugurated in July 2003. This exhibit acts as an ambassador for the Masoala National Park, Madagascar, with the aim of displaying an authentic representation of Masoala National Park and thus raising awareness of the threatened animal and plant biodiversity of Madagascar, and especially the Masoala Peninsula. As of November 2006, the artificial Masoala Rainforest ecosystem harbours 478 plant, six mammal, 22 bird, seven reptile, two amphibian, three fish and more than 50 invertebrate species. All animals are free roaming within the ecosystem and the sound integration of a conservation initiative into the concept of the exhibit created a tremendous response in the national as well as international press, resulting in a substantial increase in visitor numbers. In this paper, we present Zoo Zurich’s experience after 3 years, of running a complex artificial ecosystem.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Date:2007
Deposited On:11 Dec 2009 14:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:34
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0074-9664
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-1090.2007.00012.x

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