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The concept of an animal-free eZoo launched in Barcelona

ElephantVoices is with enthusiasm and interest following the development of eZoo (see also ezoo on Facebook), a concept for the world's first techno-zoo without live animals recently presented in Barcelona. More and more zoos are facing out their elephant exhibits realising that they just cannot provide what elephants need, and alternative elephant exhibits without elephants is the future solution. We recently posted the news piece Will Toronto get the first elephant exhibit without elephants?, which is another indication of what is happening.

The concept of eZoo is developed jointly by the Franz Weber foundation and Libera, and is a revolutionary project based on the latest technological advances. It is meant to include virtual reality, animatronics, enhanced reality, mapping and 3D projections, with the aim of turning a visit into a unique educational experience. eZoo is designed to create a space in which to raise awareness about the importance of species conservation - and respect for animals, their habitats and ecosystems - with programs adapted to the different types of visitors (children, families - students at primary schools, high schools and universities), as well as being a meeting point for local, national and international scientists and other experts.

In their press release eZoo states that one of their objectives is collaboration with organisations that run field conservation programs, including financial collaboration as well as publicity generation and exchange of knowledge. Examples include grant programs for field researchers and university students who wish to carry out studies of animals in their country of origin. eZoo also intend to push forward research into global warming, and to create a website for education, research and project funding.

eZoo aim to incorporate technological advances and developments which will give life to virtual animals immersed in recreations of their natural habitats and which can be seen acting in a totally natural state. The technology will allow visitors to not only feel immersed in the habitat of every species of animal and plant, but also “live