Target: Architect Bjarke Ingels
Goal: Praise architect for concept of an enclosure-free zoo, which would allow animals in captivity to roam more freely
Architect Bjarke Ingels and the Givskud Zoo and safari park in Denmark have a new and stunning zoo concept called Zootopia. The concept will feature an enclosure-free zoo, where the animals are separated naturally through elevation and other barriers instead of glass. It will allow certain animals to roam freely and interact with one another like they would in the wild. This concept will not only provide the animals with stimulation, but it will allow animal lovers to enjoy these creatures without the guilt of seeing them in cages. While there is a massive amount of work to be done on this concept—including making it safe for both the animals and visitors—such a revolutionary idea should be praised.
According to Ingels, the zoo will only host animals that like to live in large groups, so it will allow them to create entire habitats. The zoo will have a cave-like entrance that will give visitors an overview of the park. Three different entrances will take them to the Americas, Africa, or Asia, and visitors will travel via bikes, boats, or sky cars. Separating the visitors from the animals are invisible barriers, such as buildings masked as rolling hills. The animals will also be separated from each other with elevation and other natural barriers. Ingels said that he wants humans and animals to interact differently in this environment, and he hopes that building this zoo will change urban environments as well.
While the zoo is still in its concept stage, a massive amount of work needs to be done to ensure that both humans and animals are safe. Other zoos and safaris have tried to recreate the animals natural environment, but still keep humans safe. While this concept has been done in previous zoos, it has not been done to such a large scale. Bjarke Ingels should be praised for this new and ambitious project of providing animals with a stimulating zoo environment.
Dear Bjarke Ingels,
I am writing this letter to praise you for your idea of an enclosure-free zoo environment that will allow animals and humans to interact in a seamless, but stimulating environment. Animal lovers are often upset by the ideas of zoo, where animals are placed in glass enclosures for humans to look at. It leaves the animals feeling bored, and they will often spiral into a depression and become aggressive.
I know there is a lot of work to be done for a zoo of this kind, but I hope the concept will be a success. Animals deserve to be stimulated as well, and they certainly should not live in a cage for the rest of their lives. Thank you for providing an environment that will suit both humans and animals.
[Your Name Here]
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