The Painted Dogs Exhibit
Painted Dogs - Mkomazi National Park Conservation
The Painted Dog exhibit is the first step in the ‘Natural Vision’ masterplan at Chester Zoo. A new design approach was adopted with the integration of our field work being showcased within an immersive environment. The principle that visitors should engage and feel involved in the experience, while also providing the highest standards of animal welfare were also paramount. The exhibit highlights some of the Zoo’s conservation work in supporting Painted Dogs, in particular relating to the Mkomazi National Park, Tanzania.
Following a significant design period, which involved a wide number of stakeholders, and a four month construction period, the exhibit was finally opened in April 2011 by Tony Fitzjohn, from the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust.
Since the opening we have assessed the success of the exhibit by monitoring the behaviour of the animals, as well as the visitors. Design features such as the ability to split the enclosure and the use of carcass feeds have ensured excellent standards of animal husbandry for a species that can be difficult to manage.
The exhibit has also received an excellent overall response from our visitors, with evidence that it has delivered its goal of instilling an interest in the conservation of Painted Dogs in Africa.
COMMENDATION received in BIAZA Awards 2012 for Best New Zoo Enclosure