Should we make peace with wild animals in cities?
ABC Radio Hobart
July 11, 2019
Photo courtesy Tony Tieu
Professor of City & Regional Planning and former dean, Jennifer Wolch*, spoke at the 2019 Institute of Australian Geographers Incorporated Conference in Hobart, Tasmania on July 12.
Featured as one of the event’s keynote speakers, Wolch delivered a talk entitled “Zoopolis: Past, Present, and Future.”
On July 11, Wolch sat down with Louise Sanders from ABC Radio-Hobart for a preview of her presentation, a topic she will continue to study next year on her sabbatical in India.
In the interview, Wolch describes zoopolis as “an idea of how we might work toward a greater coexistence with many types of animals that live in cities.”
“It’s really important to understand that those animals, especially wild animals and animals that have adapted to urban life, are actually part of the city,” Wolch said. “If we are going to make cities greener and develop new forms of green infrastructure, for example, to deal with climate change, animals are going to be there as well.”
Beyond the practical standard of creating a zoopolis, there is a certain ethical standard that animals were there first, Wolch explains.
For the full interview and more insight on Wolch’s contention to integrate animal life within cities and the role of city planners within that, listen here.
*Wolch led CED as the William W. Wurster Dean from 2009 to 2019. She was the first female ever to hold this position.