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In August 2010 the Ministry of Urban and Rural Housing Development issued a directive banning the use of animals in performances in zoos, effective January 2011. Chongqing Zoo was one of the first zoos to publicly announce it had complied with this directive and the performance team and the animals left the zoo before the end of the year.
The animal performance area and amphitheatre which Chongqing Zoo closed after the new regulations came into force.
This left the zoo with an empty arena, and not wanting to let the space be disused the staff set to work to create something positive for animals and the environment to replace the performance area. The zoo is now in the process of building a ‘science work studio’. The studio is a science popularization program supported by Chongqing science commission. Construction of the studio is now underway, it is due to open in May 2012 and will provide a free educational resource for students and schoolchildren visiting the zoo.
Children prepare enrichment food for the zoo's animals.
The zoo has instigated workshops for children of all ages to educate them about animal welfare and captive animal care.
The zoo's redevelopment plan, with the old performance area and amphitheatre at the heart of the centre.
The studio will contain a variety of function areas, including a multi-media display zone and an interactive theatre. Activities will include scientific research programs in collaboration with universities and schools, encouraging children and students to learn more about the wildlife in and around the zoo. The centre will provide children with an opportunity to learn about the needs of captive animals, an opportunity to produce enrichment tools and help prepare the food for the zoos animals, and an interactive theatre will pass on messages of animal and environmental protection.
Theatre shows have replaced animal performances to help teach the value of animals through drama.
We are pleased to see such a positive development replacing the former animal performance area and congratulate Chongqing Zoo for the development of this programme and providing an important conservation education message for the zoo visitors.