There is a lot of planning (and fundraising!) going on at ZSL London Zoo for the new Sumatran tiger exhibit in 2013. There is a lot to do and part of that is making sure we build an enclosure that looks and feels like the Sumatran jungle for both tigers and visitors. Sven Seiffert who leads the horticultural department asked me to meet with him before I leave for my trip to Sumatra, Indonesia so we had a chat yesterday. Now it turns out that creating a Sumatran jungle in Regents Park is a very tall order. However Sven and his team have a plan and they have asked me to help! Tropical plants would not survive in our climate but Sven can replicate the look and feel with plants that will. This is where I can help by documenting the jungle habitat in the Berbak reserve in Sumatra. Sven has done a lot of research already but he would like more photographs to help. So my question to Sven was how do I go about documenting a jungle for it to be replicated with temperate plants? Well by taking a lot of pictures and videos. With all the shots Sarah needs I'm going to be an expert photographer and film maker by the time I finish. What I plan to do it take pictures at different levels of magnification starting with big landscapes shots, moving down to shots of the different habitats and groups of plants and then finally details of leaves, shoots, stems, branches and trunks. All this material along with videos I plan to take is just what Sven needs to design an enclosure that brings a Sumatran jungle to London. As I am going to be taking lots of photos, let me know in the comment box below if there is anything that you would like to see a picture of while I am in Sumatra let me know and I will try and post it for you. Teague
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