Budongo Trail from RZSS - Edinburgh Zoo
Fantastic new home for the large chimp colony
Budongo Trail was designed to provide the best possible captive environment for a large group of chimpanzees, using our understanding of the natural and normal behaviour of the species so that we could create an environment which allows and encourages them to express as many of those behaviours as possible.
The design of the enclosure with its three interconnecting indoor areas (pods) allows for more extensive behaviours and therefore behavioural research that is not possible in any other chimpanzee facility. A facility for cognitive research has also been incorporated into the design.
The visitor experience starts with an extended view of the outdoor enclosure over a moat before they enter the building to a planted African themed hall. Written, interactive and audio visual interpretation begins on this level before the visitor moves to the upper level.
The visitor is then able to view the chimps at ‘tree top’ level both in their three pods and outside from the upper level balcony. On this level they can also experience further interactive interpretation. A 175 seat auditorium is located prior to the exit and visitors are able to see a 10 minute film of our work with the Budongo Conservation Field Station for which The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is the core funder.
On leaving the building the visitor is guided to the north end of the enclosure where they can once again view the chimps in their outdoor area.
RZSS - Edinburgh Zoo
COMMENDATION received in BIAZA Awards 2011