The construction of a free-flight aviary for endangered bird species such as the Hyacinthine Macaw, covering an area of around 11,000 square meters and 35 meters in height, which is to be realized as the first major project within the framework of Zurich Zoo’s “Development Plan 2050” (read also our article in EAP 1/22), was officially approved on July 20 this year, with completion scheduled for spring 2025. Now, however, this will not be realized before 2026/27, because an appeal against the granted building permit had been filed “from a small circle of the zoo’s neighborhood”, as the zoological garden informs.
“We want to create the best possible living conditions for our animals. The fact that obstacles are now being placed in our way is regrettable,” said zoo director Dr. Severin Dressen, explaining, “Our visitors will be able to experience the Pantanal habitat in the walk-in aviary, be at eye level with birds and feel the diversity of the landscape. This personal experience raises their awareness, leaves a lasting impression and thus brings them closer to nature conservation.”
In addition to the Pantanal aviary, Zurich Zoo’s “Development Plan 2050” includes the creation of ten other habitats that will be designed according to current research findings and concepts of modern animal husbandry. How the current appeal will affect the other planned projects cannot yet be estimated and is currently under review, the zoo states. (eap)