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ZOOCHOSIS

Mauno, Daniel (2015) In Diploma work IDEM01 20151
Industrial Design
Abstract
The zoo is a place where you as a visitor can experience
and see wild animals which they probably
would not encounter elsewhere. It is a place for
learning about our planets nature and biodiversity.
Many species are rapidly disappearing due to
human activity. There are for example more tigers
in captivity than there are left in the wild. One of
the zoos most important roles is the conservation
of species. By sustaining a healthy population of
animals, that are suitable for breeding, it is possible
to re-introduce animals to their natural habitat.
Unfortunately many zoos struggle since they usually
rely on the paying public for revenue. Many who
visit the zoo are entertainment oriented and see it
as a fun day out and might not... (More)
The zoo is a place where you as a visitor can experience
and see wild animals which they probably
would not encounter elsewhere. It is a place for
learning about our planets nature and biodiversity.
Many species are rapidly disappearing due to
human activity. There are for example more tigers
in captivity than there are left in the wild. One of
the zoos most important roles is the conservation
of species. By sustaining a healthy population of
animals, that are suitable for breeding, it is possible
to re-introduce animals to their natural habitat.
Unfortunately many zoos struggle since they usually
rely on the paying public for revenue. Many who
visit the zoo are entertainment oriented and see it
as a fun day out and might not be aware of the goals
that a zoo tries to maintain. Zoos work as a bridge
to reconnect people with nature.

I have worked with a specific animal, the tiger,
and concentrated on a specific behavior that is the
defining activity for any predator, the hunt. Through
my research I found that the pursuit and ingestion
of prey is especially difficult to satisfy in a zoo-environment.
This is potentially an exciting and thrilling
event both for the visitor and animal.

By interviewing zoo staff, visiting zoos, reading
articles and literature I found that every accredited
zoo needs to follow an enrichment plan. This plan
is tailor-made for each animal and is there to ensure
that the animal’s natural behaviors are promoted.

My final product is an artificial hunting lure that
levitates above ground and can move freely in a specific
area. It can carry a small payload such as slabs
of meat that a successful hunter will be rewarded
with. The technology behind it is planar magnetic
repulsion. A magnetic field repels strong permanent
magnets in the lure. This field is used both for lift
and propulsion.

This product will promote the natural behavior to
chase and kill a prey. It will increase stay-time for
visitors and they get the chance to see a hunt take
place in the zoo and hopefully learn something
about how a tiger operates in the wild. (Less)
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author
Mauno, Daniel
supervisor
organization
course
IDEM01 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
publication/series
Diploma work
report number
ISRN-number: LUT-DVIDE/ EX--15/50285—SE
ISSN
ISRN
language
English
id
7450745
date added to LUP
2015-06-25 15:52:53
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2015-06-25 15:52:53
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  abstract     = {The zoo is a place where you as a visitor can experience
and see wild animals which they probably
would not encounter elsewhere. It is a place for
learning about our planets nature and biodiversity.
Many species are rapidly disappearing due to
human activity. There are for example more tigers
in captivity than there are left in the wild. One of
the zoos most important roles is the conservation
of species. By sustaining a healthy population of
animals, that are suitable for breeding, it is possible
to re-introduce animals to their natural habitat.
Unfortunately many zoos struggle since they usually
rely on the paying public for revenue. Many who
visit the zoo are entertainment oriented and see it
as a fun day out and might not be aware of the goals
that a zoo tries to maintain. Zoos work as a bridge
to reconnect people with nature.

I have worked with a specific animal, the tiger,
and concentrated on a specific behavior that is the
defining activity for any predator, the hunt. Through
my research I found that the pursuit and ingestion
of prey is especially difficult to satisfy in a zoo-environment.
This is potentially an exciting and thrilling
event both for the visitor and animal.

By interviewing zoo staff, visiting zoos, reading
articles and literature I found that every accredited
zoo needs to follow an enrichment plan. This plan
is tailor-made for each animal and is there to ensure
that the animal’s natural behaviors are promoted.

My final product is an artificial hunting lure that
levitates above ground and can move freely in a specific
area. It can carry a small payload such as slabs
of meat that a successful hunter will be rewarded
with. The technology behind it is planar magnetic
repulsion. A magnetic field repels strong permanent
magnets in the lure. This field is used both for lift
and propulsion.

This product will promote the natural behavior to
chase and kill a prey. It will increase stay-time for
visitors and they get the chance to see a hunt take
place in the zoo and hopefully learn something
about how a tiger operates in the wild.},
  author       = {Mauno, Daniel},
  issn         = {ISRN},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {ZOOCHOSIS},
  year         = {2015},
}