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The final speaker at the 2013 CAZG meeting

Official role today as the last speaker for the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens 2013 meeting.

I was co-hosted by CAZG itself and by Animals Asia, an animal welfare organization. Animals Asia focuses on a number of areas, including rescue of bears that have been used in the gruesome bear bile trade (more on that later) and collaboration with CAZG to improve animal care in Chinese zoos.

I spoke extensively about our evolving animal trail system, which was what attracted attention for this meeting in the first place, while also talking more generally about how good exhibit design can support good animal well-being. I also wanted to share that the trail system, while driven by our goal to reinvent how animals experience a zoo, is also creating exciting guest experiences. We've had some great comments on third-party travel websites. I had some engaged questions from the audience of 80 Chinese zoo directors and other officials. The need to pause for translation after each sentence took some getting used to, but Bailey Liu of Animals Asia did a great job.

CAZG presentation

The final speaker at the 2013 CAZG meeting

Official role today as the last speaker for the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens 2013 meeting.

I was co-hosted by CAZG itself and by Animals Asia, an animal welfare organization. Animals Asia focuses on a number of areas, including rescue of bears that have been used in the gruesome bear bile trade (more on that later) and collaboration with CAZG to improve animal care in Chinese zoos.

I spoke extensively about our evolving animal trail system, which was what attracted attention for this meeting in the first place, while also talking more generally about how good exhibit design can support good animal well-being. I also wanted to share that the trail system, while driven by our goal to reinvent how animals experience a zoo, is also creating exciting guest experiences. We've had some great comments on third-party travel websites. I had some engaged questions from the audience of 80 Chinese zoo directors and other officials. The need to pause for translation after each sentence took some getting used to, but Bailey Liu of Animals Asia did a great job.

CAZG presentation