PD 2030 Inquiry to Innovation: Cincinnati Zoo Challenge (UC Forward and Honors)

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Jack Buehler Andrea Ticknor Ben Merk Francis Russel


By Jack Buehler, Industrial Design; Andrea Ticknor, Industrial Design; Ben Merk, Enginering

Advisor: Francis Russel

Presentation ID: AM_ATRIUM30

Abstract: This interdisciplinary team design project was carried out during the spring semester of 2019 as a part of the UC Forward Inquiry to Innovation Class. Student teams collaborated with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to produce and test animal enrichment prototypes for use in the exhibits of fours species at the Zoo, including Malayan Tigers, Giraffes, Little Penguins, and the Rhinoceros Hornbill. Teamwork included researching species behavior, best practices in animal enrichment and animal exhibit design. Applied research included prototype design and fabrication and behavior observation of the prototypes in use by the animals. Enrichment opportunities for animals in captivity are intended to promote cognitive and physical development for the animal as well as to enhance the Zoo visitor's comprehension of animal behavior. Our project was designed for the giraffe at the zoo. The product is a timed, feeder box that holds multiple compartments of food, rotating throughout the day to prolong the feeding and stimulation for the animals.

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