Journal article

Virtual reality in the zoo: A qualitative evaluation of a stereoscopic virtual reality video encounter with little penguins Eudyptula minor

Marcus Carter, Sarah Webber, Simon Rawson, Wally Smith, Joe Purdam, Emily M McLeod

Journal of zoo and aquarium research | European Association of Zoos and Aquaria | Published : 2020


Encounters between animals and humans in zoos and aquariums are being increasingly enhanced, mediated and extended using digital technologies. This article presents the results of research into the design, use and experience of stereoscopic (3D) 180o film viewed via a Virtual Reality (VR) headset at the zoo. This technology has recently emerged as an affordable consumer device with increasing uptake in education and museums. Drawing on research methodologies from the field of human-computer interaction, this project followed a ‘research-through-design’ approach, which sought to discover more about the potential of VR technologies in the zoo generally, through the process of designing a parti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by funding from The University of Sydney SOAR Fellowship program. We sincerely thank staff at PHORIA, Melbourne Zoo and Zoos Victoria for their advice, consultation and input into the project.