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INDUSTRY OPINION

Vertical aquarium would be an iconic addition to San Diego waterfront A 170,000sq ft (51,816sq m)

Emergency Preparedness Janet Ho, WAZA executive office

vertical aquarium is one of the ideas being considered

In the face of

for a proposed 500ft-high

the changing

(152m) observation tower at

climate, with

the centre of a development

weather-related incidents

project in San Diego.

increasing in frequency

Seaport San Diego, a

and intensity, zoos and

US$2.4bn scheme that

aquariums need to be more

encompasses 70 acres along

prepared than ever to deal

Harbor Drive, is currently in

■■ The San Diego waterfront has been

the initial planning stages

reimagined by the Bjarke Ingels Group

with developers 1HWY1 and architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The project and its

with natural disasters. Many regional and national zoo and aquarium associations

The tower's design is

require their members to

eye-catching: a cylindrical

create extensive disaster

tower with an hourglass figure,

Seaport San Diego is a US$2.4bn scheme that encompasses 70 acres of land

preparedness plans, so that

environmental impact report,

centring around what appears

which is yet to be completed,

to be a stack of spinning

must first be approved by the

discs, evoking different images

Port of San Diego, after which

and impressions at varying

the Coastal Commission must

elevations and vantage points.

destruction in 2017, zoos

also rubber-stamp the project.

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and aquariums in the region

when disasters strike, they are prepared for any eventuality. When hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria brought widespread

were able to execute their well-honed emergency plans and ensure the safety of the

neW Zealand

animals in their care, as well

2020 opening schedule announced for new jungle habitats at Auckland Zoo

as the safety of the staff. Through careful planning, zoos and aquariums are able to anticipate and quickly react in an emergency, deciding on

The development includes new habitats for new species from the south-east Asian jungle

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New Zealand's Auckland

a swamp forest dome with

whether to stay and weather

Zoo has revealed a time-

a scientifically-engineered

the storm, or evacuate the

table for opening each

environment to mimic the

animals to a different location.

part of its new South East

hot and humid tropics, where

Asia Jungle Track project

the Sunda gharial (Asian

of the storm can be incredibly

– a NZ$58m (US$39m)

crocodile) and a range of

complicated and often comes

investment that's part of

other reptiles and fish will

with grave risks. Staying

the zoo's wider 10-year,

live, and lake and wetlands

means ensuring safe shelter,

NZ$150m (US$100.9m)

with an extended climbing

as well as back-up supplies

evolution programme.

range for arboreal primates.

and power generators for staff

The development includes

On a more functional

Moving animals from the eye

remaining with the animals. During times of crisis, the

new habitats for new species

level, a new 1,000sq m

from the south-east Asian

(3,280sq ft) café and

wider zoological community

jungle, including a high

function venue is being

has proven its resilience and

canopy for orangutans,

built, with views of the lake

adaptability, as well as sense

gibbons and other primates,

and its wetlands habitat.

of community, often coming to

lowlands for tigers and otters,

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