With mounted pressure from many activists to end the captivity of animals, Denmark unveiled its plans for an overhaul of Givskud Zoo. And according to the country, it is going to be "the world's most advanced zoo." The goal of the "Zootpoia" project is to create a sanctuary for the animals and a more enjoyable experience for visitors.
Renovations to the Givskud Zoo are still in the works, but architects from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are pushing for the first phase to be completed in 2019. The cage-free concept is a combination of a traditional zoo and a safari, BIG announced.
The goal of Zootopia, according to BIG's mission statement is "to create the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals' lives and relationships with each other and visitors." And architects accomplish this goal with natural barriers and as well as geographical changes to the land in a way to create an open environment for the animals to be housed.
Organized by Africa, America and Asia, Zootopia will include a hiking trail and elevated viewing space for visitors. Other ingenious ways architects are hiding visitors from the animals is by using "mirrors to deflect their presence and allowing visitors to glimpse the captive wildlife on a hiking trail around the complex by bike, boat or above," according to the website Slate.com.
Ultimately, Zootopia's 300-acre site is an innovative plan to re-imagine the zoo.
“It is our dream ... to create the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals’ lives and relationships with each other and visitors,” BIG said.