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The Zoological Lighting Institute™ is a 501 c3 Nonprofit, to
aid animal welfare initiatives and wildlife conservation efforts. 

Together we will preserve nocturnal habitat,
bring back the complexity of the luminous environment,
 to enhance and protect all life! 


2015 Save a Billion Birds!™ Symposium
Cape May, NJ Announced!


{New York, NY 1 October 2014} - The Zoological Lighting Institute™ announced their new ‘‘Save a Billion Birds!™ Symposium and Architectural Workshop” today, with a mission to end the bird-window collision crisis through advanced research support in architecture and the sciences.

The Symposium and Workshop, to be held 18-22 May 2015 in the birding capitol of Cape May NJ, targets ornithologists, architects, and the birding community in an effort to advance bird-window collision mitigation. According to official estimates, over one billion birds die yearly (about 30 per second) in the United States alone due to collisions with windows and architectural glass. This Campaign, Symposium and Architectural Workshop aim to end this humanitarian and environmental disaster, through research support and solution creation.

Even at this early stage, more than 500,000 people have ‘liked’ ‘Save a Billion Birds!™’ in social media. To sustain this public support, The Zoological Lighting Institute™ has launched a corporate funding campaign at and organized the Symposium <>> to advance the science and practical application of bird-friendly architectural design. This 501 c3 Nonprofit has also issues a ‘call for papers’ and initiated an architectural design competition to enhance the proceedings.

Interested parties can learn more about the ‘Save a Billion Birds!™ Symposium and Architectural Workshop by visiting the Save a Billion Birds!™ website at <<>>. There users will find registration and sponsorship information, as well as links to helpful resources to support the movement and end the bird-window collision crisis once and for all.




Turn On the Dark™ Song and Campaign announced by The Zoological Lighting Institute to celebrate International Dark Sky Week (20-26 April 2014).

Artificial Night Lighting doesn’t simply annoy wildlife, it changes the physiology, sensory ecology and behavior of animals to the point where they cannot function and die out.
To combat this problem, The Zoological Lighting Institute <<>> announces the ‘TURN ON THE DARK’ Song and Campaign
<<>>, with generous artistic support from Brazilian-Japanese musician Haikaa <<>>, in celebration of the International Dark Sky Association’s International Dark Sky Week (20 April - 26 April) <<>>. Celebrate the night, learn of its importance and take action to solve the challenges of artificial night light and its restrictions upon the natural luminous environment. 

Proceeds of the new song ‘Turn On the Dark™’ (either on iTunes™ or Reverbnation™), support Scholarships, Grants and Post-Doctorates offered by The Zoological Lighting Institute™. The song has also been made available for CSR Product Placement. Please contact The Zoological Lighting Institute™ for more details. Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities are also available to support the ZLI Scholarship Program directly or/and through an International Concert Tour with Haikaa to be hosted in aquariums, zoos and planetariums around the globe.

The Zoological Lighting Institute supports research in relatively ignored fields, photobiology and photo-ecology. It provides scholarships to researchers undertaking work in biology and ecology, examining the interactions of natural and artificial light with all life. Photobiology is an important science with implications for health, wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability. The Zoological Lighting Institute seeks to save natural ‘luminous' environments through this research and to encourage best artificial lighting practices to enhance ‘Photo-diversity’, the complex variations of luminous habitat.

Haikaa is a multicultural artist with a holistic view of life. Her songs reflect the many states of consciousness that the human experience offers. Sadness, anger, fear, courage, love, faith, joy are all a part of her emotionally diverse musical repertoire. Just as light cannot be narrowed down to dark and bright, Haikaa believes emotions cannot be broken down into good and bad. She seeks to express emotional nuances that often times occur simultaneously, in a complex and contradictory fashion. Haikaa’s multicultural background has given rise to a desire to withstand, understand and embrace the wealth that is inherent to diversity.

For more information please contact Executive Director James Karl Fischer PhD RIBA directly:

James Karl Fischer PhD RIBA AIA
Executive Director
The Zoological Lighting Institute
394 Broadway c/o Green Spaces
New York, NY 10013 


The Zoological Lighting Institute 
becomes an  
ISIS Corporate Sponsor!

New York, NY, January 31 2014/ - The Zoological Lighting Institute took another step in the fight for PhotoDiversity Awareness and Luminous Animal Enrichment in aquariums and zoos! Already a Conservation partner of the AZA ( and sponsor of JAZA (, The Zoological Lighting Institute became a corporate sponsor of this pre-eminent knowledge sharing institution in order to ensure that the importance of the luminous environment is recognized and acted upon, for the health and well-being of animals in managed care.

"​It is the mission of ISIS to facilitate international collaboration in the collection and sharing of knowledge on animals and their environments for zoos, aquariums and related conservation organizations to serve institutional, regional and global animal management and conservation goals.” It is mission of The Zoological Lighting Institute to support photobiology and photo-ecology research in such organizations and for similar purposes, namely animal welfare, wildlife conservation and public education upon such matters as they are affected by light and lighting. 

The Zoological Lighting Institute
Biodiversity-sensitivity in Architecture
at ARCASIA 2013, in Kathmandu Nepal!

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Oct. 22 /CSRwire/ - Architecture took on new challenges last week in Kathmandu, Nepal, during the 17th Annual Forum and 34th Council Meeting of ARCASIA, entitled ‘Spirituality in Architecture: Architecture and Image of the City. ‘Biodiversity is a fundamental concern of architecture and must be of architects’, proclaimed Dr. James Karl Fischer PhD to the Architectural Congress representing participation from 18 Asian Countries. ‘No longer can we be content with mitigating the effects of building from afar, such as global warming and ocean acidification. Rather, we also have to look at the effects our projects have upon wildlife in the immediate vicinity.’

The Congress grappled with two issues in this regard; the ecological effects of artificial night lighting and the impact of glazing on bird populations. Representing the ‘Save a Billion Birds™’ Campaign of The Zoological Lighting Institute, Dr. Fischer spoke of the ethical and spiritual challenges of allowing architecture to kill even a single bird, let alone the billion or so thought to die yearly in collisions with windows. Appealing to the vast and divergent architectural traditions of the 18 nations represented at ARCASIA, Dr. Fischer stressed the point that such deaths were in fact due to an aesthetic predilection for a vapid modernism without regional precedent. ‘ARCASIA traditions offer rich examples of glass-less architecture perfectly suitable to local climates and culture, that work well to maintain bird populations. Even where glass is thought to be necessary’, stated Dr. Fischer, ‘there is no reason why it could not be treated with exterior patterns so that it offers some protection for birds’.

‘Architects and developers must follow the lead of the United Nations within this Decade of Biodiversity’, argued Dr. Fischer. The United Nations Decade of Biodiversity (2011-2020) stresses the importance of maintaining biodiversity, especially for the poor and disadvantaged of the globe. For architecture, a service profession, providing design that accommodates and recognizes the interests of the voiceless is crucial. Architects have made incredible strides in reducing the energy consumption and waste of buildings over the past two decades, helping to mitigate emissions and conserve resources, but more is needed.

The discussion of biodiversity maintenance at ARCASIA, and bird-friendly design, marks a turning point for practice globally. Pr. David Parken, CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects, and Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, Elected 2013 First Vice President and 2014 President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects both attended the Forum, promising more to come on the subject of biodiversity through better architecture.


BRILLIANT DARKNESS: Hotaru in the Night

The Zoological Lighting Institute begins filming of BRILLIANT DARKNESS: Hotaru in the Night! in Kyushu!

Fireflies have an important role in the culture, history, ecology and economies of Japan and the United States alike. This documentary explores firefly conservation from the perspective of nocturnal habitat conservation. It considers the challenges, implications, and significance of night and its crucial role in animal biology and life cycles. The contribution of artificial night lighting to the disappearance of the beloved firefly, underpins an argument to rethink artificial light use and sounds a call for culturally based, wildlife-sensitive design strategies.

Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night includes conversations with firefly researchers, wildlife conservationists, architects and artists in Japan and the United States, showcasing the spectacular firefly photography of Rei Ohara and cinematography of . Initiated by the ‘Lights Out in Fashion!™ Campaign of The Zoological Lighting Institute™, Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night sees the importance and beauty of natural light and its importance for creative and sustainable life on the planet… (continued)


EMILY V. DRISCOLL, Director of ShellShocked, has agreed to direct a film for The Zoological Lighting Institute tentatively entitled BRILLIANT DARKNESS: Hotaru in the Night! This project will speak to the importance of nocturnal habitat for all life, focusing on the beauty, science and conservation of fireflies around the world. It is a major initiative of Aurora Polaris: The Nocturnal Days Planetarium Project, and will support the work of this campaign, and The Zoological Lighting Institute, directly.

Stay tuned here for updates and donate to help make the project a reality!

Watch Emily's breathtaking work on Vimeo through the links below, to get a taste of the amazing quality we are shooting for. Visit We intend to effect wildlife conservation initiatives through this and other projects like it, focusing on all habitat in the times often unseen, the night!


Clown FishDew DropEvening ReflectionsLadybugSnow Leopard ProwlSnow LeopardZebra © The Zoological Lighting Institute