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Dec 14, 2007

Gorilla Kingdom

Gorilla Kingdom – a triple bottom line approach to new exhibit development from ZSL - London Zoo

A new enclosure built on tripple bottom line principles 

Gorilla Kingdom is a major new exhibit for ZSL London Zoo and it is the first to consider ecological and social sustainability components alongside economic objectives, using the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ framework. 

Some of the highlights of the project include undertaking a biodiversity impact assessment to identify and mitigate environmental impacts of the proposed design and to maximise natural habitats for local Biodiversity Action Plan species.

The project team worked much closer with local community groups on this project than previously, to inform and engage local residents in the project’s development. The exhibit was designed specifically to link to the community-based conservation project undertaken by ZSL in Gabon. This conservation project is developing a gorilla ecotourism initiative as a sustainable livelihood opportunity for people living in Gabonese forests, to provide an alternative income to logging or the bushmeat trade. 

Developed by:  ZSL - London Zoo


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