Zoos & Attractions: Not If, But How?

This article is written by Timo van Boekel and his vision about hybrid zoos: “There has been a lot of discussion about the idea for a rollercoaster at Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen in the Netherlands lately. The main subject in this discussion was about the use of attractions within an environment with living animals. However, the combination between animals and attractions is already well known … Continue reading Zoos & Attractions: Not If, But How?

Plog #2 • Dierenrijk

In today’s plog we have Dierenrijk. Me (Lana), my sister and Mandy visited this zoo during the autumn break. Dierenrijk is a relative new zoo (it opened in 2004) and focuses most on children. This zoo is located in Mierlo near Eindhoven and has around 60 different animal species. The zoo’s slogan is “De kinderdierentuin” (“the child zoo”) and this can be seen throughout the whole … Continue reading Plog #2 • Dierenrijk

The experience economy at Safaripark Beekse Bergen

Today’s economy is an experience economy. A simple product is no longer sufficient for the customers. The inspiration for this article was a visit on the 16th of January. Safaripark Beekse Bergen is trying to follow this movement of creating experience just like many other parks, which was clearly expressed during the visit. One popular way for creating an experience is theming. Africa has been … Continue reading The experience economy at Safaripark Beekse Bergen

Project 3: storytelling in zoos

Teacher and student were always the connection between zoos and visitors. Nowadays, a shift is visible from education to experience. Storytelling remains a widely used tool in creating experiences in all leisure activities. Zoos worldwide and their stories were the final topics the last project revolved around. Closely involved in the process of concept development were our supervisors, Goof Lukken and Bart Stadhouders, who provided … Continue reading Project 3: storytelling in zoos

Erik Van Vliet

Interview with Erik van Vliet, Dutch zoo designer

One of the last commissioners of the second year students of ATPM was Dierenpark Amersfoort. Here we met zoo designer Erik van Vliet. He has designed almost every enclosure in Dierenpark Amersfoort but also in many of other European zoos. The interview is in Dutch, however, it includes English subtitles. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5DmQWVeFqk] Click here if you cannot see the video     Continue reading Interview with Erik van Vliet, Dutch zoo designer