The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible future direction of space design for direct and indirect contact with animals. We conducted a questionnaire survey among university students and their parents to obtain a general consensus of what their most unforgettable experiences with animals were. The results showed that, among those who responded, the most cherished experiences were the ones that they had with their parents before starting and during elementary school. It also indicated that they had different impressions,depending on the type of animals. Specifically, in contact with companion animals, the subjects were most impressed by the experiences of tending to small animals at school. In contact with exhibition animals, they were most impressed by the experiences they had during university and after graduating from it. In contact with small animals and other creatures living in their natural environments, they were most impressed by the experiences they had at public space.