Many famous zoos have existed on the same site for many years, preserving old, often listed buildings and parks, and keeping important traditions. We may call them ‘Ivy Zoos’ because their long history made it possible for ivy to grow high on their trees and buildings. Old zoos all are unique institutions and all are important part of the cultural and scientific heritage of mankind. They have many features, traditions, challenges and opportunities in common, and these issues are rarely discussed together. After 15 years of the very successful first Ivy Zoo Symposium, Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, with the support the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, kindly invite zoo experts form historical zoos and aquariums as well as ones from the “future old” institutions to join the next Ivy Zoo Symposium.
Suggested topics of this this rare and joyful event include:
How can historic zoos meet the expectations of the public in the 21st century?
Space matters: how can you make a small zoo big?
The role of art and design, built heritage and cultural missions
The changes of animal collections and exhibits through a Century
directors of historic zoos, as featured speakers,
interested zoo professionals,
historians, journalists, architects, zoo designers and other experts working with zoos,
tourism, culture and heritage professionals.
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Jörg Junhold, Director of the 133 year old Leipzig Zoo, President of WAZA
Dagmar Schratter, Director of the 259 year old Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo of the World
David Field, Director of the 189 year old London Zoological Society
Jenny Gray, CEO of the Zoos Victoria, running the 149 year old Melbourne Zoo
Kevin Bell, President and CEO of the 143 year old Lincoln Park Zoo