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Tshwane University of Technology (2014)

The design of a wildlife medical centre at the National Zoological Gardens

Lloyd-Lister, Nadia

Titre : The design of a wildlife medical centre at the National Zoological Gardens.

Auteur : Lloyd-Lister, Nadia.

Université de soutenance : Tshwane University of Technology

Grade : Magister Technologiae : Architecture (Professional) 2014

Résumé
The National Research Foundation has recognized the zoo as a critical player towards the conservation of animal heritage in southern Africa. Yet, as we have seen, tantamount to having outstanding research methods, is having the needed facilities to deploy them effectively. In order for this to come to bare, the zoo requires a careful assessment of architectural concerns. This thesis presents exactly those. The wildlife medical centre here proposed precipitates out of a comprehensive study engaging the following issues of concern ; zoo healthcare and rehabilitation, sub-nature and animal architecture. The proposed site location currently supports the out-dated hospital (built in 1969), which is on the zoo’s south-eastern corner along Boom Street. Its facilities include a veterinary hospital, research laboratories, a bio-bank, temporary wards, and rehabilitation wards whose design derives not only from traditional matters of architectural concern but also the informed, first-hand knowledge of the animals’ needs and preferences as understood by the zoo’s staff. Additionally, the proposed design exposes and showcases the zoo’s research facilities along its public interface in order to better serve its educational efforts. Thus, this proposal presents the means for promoting conservation awareness and, at the same time, empowers its dedicated staff.

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