Gorilla Habitat

Mysore, India

My Contribution

concept design, architectural project & supervision of construction

Outdoor Exhibit

bachelor group: 1.500m2
family group: 1.800m2

Building Facility

bachelor group: 95m2
family group: 620m2

Working on this international initiative connected professionals from different countries and time zones. Over the course of a couple of years, the outcome was immensely satisfying.

The facility was designed to cater to the needs and preferences of gorillas, offering a naturalistic look in both outdoor and indoor habitats.

The outdoor habitat was equipped with various features preferred by gorillas, and special attention was given to mimic a natural environment.

The indoor facility included a gymnasium providing visitors with viewing opportunities.

Some notable assets of this project included addressing the physical and mental needs of gorillas:

  • Incorporation of a water feature safe for young gorillas, allowing them to display natural behavior stimulation.
  • Implementation of a feeding box for mental stimulation.
  • Introduction of a herbal garden as part of the science of zoopharmacognosy to stimulate their spirits.
  • The gymnasium offering climbing opportunities to stimulate their physical bodies.
  • Multiple interconnected bedrooms, providing the animals with choices and changes.
  • Easy and flexible connection and disconnection for keepers to access different animal spaces.
  • Providing keepers access to the animal spaces from different levels, with opportunities to scatter food for behavioral stimulation.
  • Integration of a quarantine unit for health needs, which could be disconnected from the rest in case of necessity

This project focused on the family gorilla habitat at Mysore Zoo in India, and it had a significant impact on my career.