Opened in 2023, the Centre of nature conservation is located adjacent to the Masoala Rainforest. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the cinema with 360-degree screen. It transports zoo visitors to the heart of the zoo's conservation projects: to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, to the orangutans in Sumatra, the penguins in Antarctica or the elephants in Thailand.
Video: Zoo Zurich, Nicole Schnyder
Reforesting instead of burning down
In addition to the cinema, the new exhibition focuses on the acute threat to the world's rainforests and what can be done about it. Using Madagascar as an example, it shows what deforestation of the last primary rainforests means – and why reforestation projects are essential.
Fortunately only a visualization: This is what the «Zurich» Masoala rainforest would look like after slash-and-burn. Photo: Zoo Zurich, Nick Soland
A joint task
Finally, the exhibition is also dedicated to the central insight that nature conservation can only function together – as an equal task for all those involved at eye level.
Solution approach: Reforestation is a central measure in rainforest protection. Photo: Zoo Zurich, Nick Soland