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Monika Fiby


Positions: Core Group, Horticulture Advisory Chair


As a landscape architect and zoo planner I consider enrichment an integrated part of zoo design from masterplanning to growing suitable browse. The Shape of Enrichment has always been a source of inspiration for me and I am happy to spread the word and to contribute to improving holding conditions for wild animals in captivity.


In 2000 I founded the ZooLex Zoo Design Organization and have managed it ever since. Valerie Hare and the Shape of Enrichment have been my role models for developing ZooLex which is the only scientific website on zoo design. The ZooLex website is maintained by zoo related volunteers with various background from all over the world. In 2006 ZooLex became a service of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


I hold a degree (Diplomingenieur) in landscape ecology and landscape planning from Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences and a master degree in landscape architecture from University of Georgia, School of Environmental Design. During my studies I specialized in zoo design which resulted in the book "Evaluating Zoo Design - The Importance of Visitor Studies" and the ZooLex website.


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