The Zoo: Loving Touch

The simple idea behind the design of contemporary children's zoos is that the youngsters will love the animals more if they are given a chance to touch them. So it was for the new children's zoo at Seattle's Woodland Park. Says the zoo's architect, Fred Bassetti: "We wanted the kids to play tug of war with the monkeys, pet the rabbits, hug the lambs, be chased by the geese—in a word, to participate rather than just look." Hence a minimum of cages and fences.

When the zoo opened recently, cages seemed necessary after all—for the children. A first-day mob of more...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!