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Discussion in 'Fantasy Zoos' started by Malayan Tiger, 29 Dec 2014.

  1. Malayan Tiger

    Malayan Tiger Well-Known Member

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    It seems like most of the fantasy zoos / exhibits here on zoochat are just dry, you know, with boring lists and things like "then you see a big field with Arabian Gazelles. Then you go in a building with desert species.
    (lizard)
    (lizard)
    (lizard)
    (lizard)
    (snake)
    (snake)
    Then you leave the building and see a paddock with dromedary camels"

    This is boring, isn't it?
    So I figured Id make this thread.
    With this one, you can design a zoo or an exhibit, but it must follow these guidelines:

    -You provide an additional type of media with the description ( Think education video, cultural music that might be played in one of the buildings, or even a 3D model of one of the exhibits. Pictures of animals are easy, but they are fine too. )

    -NO LISTING of species. Describe a habitat, tell the species, but don't say "there's a jungle building with.." and then a list. We want detail here.

    -It must be in first person, like your telling a story about your visit

    Remember, we want the readers to feel like they are there.


    I will do an example:
     
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  2. Malayan Tiger

    Malayan Tiger Well-Known Member

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    ( Indian Exhibit , Scrub Forest )

    BRAHMA CALLS TO YOU!

    Listen to this as you read, It will help you feel the exhibit:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN_6J14F5WU

    ( Throughout the exhibit trail, concealed speakers loop the song )


    You walk up to a tunnel that resembles Indian Ruins, with dusty tan stones and statues of the Hindu gods. Above the doors is a likeness of Vishnu, the Preserver

    Entering the doors, you find yourself in a dim room. Lit up signs on the wall describe the ancient Indus civilization, and the rise of Hindu cultures. The walls have small indentations in them, with patches of light, where scrub plants grow. Walking out of the 30 foot tunnel, you find yourself in an enclosed "valley", where mock rock the color of dust rises up on both sides, secluding the area, closing off any visible vestige of the modern world.

    On your left, you see a low-lying, two acre grassland, backing up to the rocky wall, some 105 feet away, with thorny bushes near the back. Up in the front is a shallow pool, where a small group of Indian Rhinos lounges lazily, eating the floating lettuce left for them by the keepers.

    Turning to your right, you see the Indian Elephant Bull exhibit, across from the rhinos, a dusty paddock surrounded by a moat, although the moat is well concealed with thorn bushes native to northern India. This exhibit is about 1.5 acres, with many trees. Near the back is the indoor area, a temple to Ganesh, with an aqueduct 30 feet above the ground, spilling water into a great pool, 40 by 55 feet, and deep enough for the big males. The two elephants, Maharaja and his older son, stand proudly at the front of the exhibit, drawing water from the shallow stream in the moat and shooting it over their backs, curiously watching the visitors.

    The next exhibit on the left is an open scrubby field with barely any trees, the only ones there being along the back valley wall. A mixed herd of Khurs, Kulans, and Nilgais thunder across the six acre plain, scared by a tiger chuff somewhere off in the valley ahead. Also in the exhibit, a herd of Blackbuck and two small Chinkaras hide in some low-lying brush near the front of the exhibit. The only animal in the exhibit to ignore the excitement is a lazy old Indian Boar, bristly hair reddish with the soil of the exhibit, chugging water from a puddle hammered into the ground by the hoofstock on their daily runs.
    The moat here is so well concealed that you could almost lean foreword an touch the animals.....

    Turning back to the left, the next exhibit resembles a 2 acre flooded grassland, with fifteen Water Buffalo and Zebus weaving in and out of the tall elephant grass, browsing on the fronds. This exhibit is attached to a sprawling canyon-like complex.


    The next habitat in the canyon, still across from the Hoofstock Plain, which is long and runs alongside the path on the left for quite a ways, is the Bengal Tigers. Near the back, temple ruins seem to move with slinking cats, vanishing in and out of the sandy stones. Cliffs and caves interrupt the ruins in several places. The majority of the exhibit is thickly coated in elephant grass and bush cover, with scrub trees planted around the border. The front third of the exhibit is a sloping moat, with waterfalls dumping into it from the sides of the exhibit. The murky water is 9 feet deep in the front, the deepest part, and serves as a bathing area for the tigers. All of the sudden, a young male tiger rushes out of the scrub and dives into the moat, splashing around and tacking a barrel stocked with beef cutlet, put there earlier by keepers.
    The next exhibit in this canyon, still on the right, is the White Tigers, and is a mirror image of the Bengal Tigers habitat. The last Exhibit in the Canyon, after the white tigers, is the Indian Sloth Bears. At about a third of an acre in size, its about half the size of the tigers, and is set up the same, but with less cover and a smaller pool. Fake termite mounds, stocked with honey and treats, dot the exhibit. A loud sucking noise emanates from a corner, where you see a pair of sloth bears stretching their tongues into the PVC pipes embedded in the mound, seeking food.

    Strolling on, you have finally passed both the hoofstock plain on the left and the Carnivore Canyon on the right. The next exhibit on the left is for three young female Asian Lions. Their habitat is adjacent to the hoofstock plain, with electric wires so well concealed in the low brush that it seems like the lions could pounce on the unsuspecting ungulates any moment. But, for the present, the girls are all stretched out on a big rock near the front moat , lazing in the sun. Their exhibit is like the tigers, but without a pool, only a small drinking rock.

    Next to the lions is a 2 acre field for Asian Cheetahs, with no cover except the temple ruins in the back and some low-lying shrubs. The Cheetahs are nowhere in the exhibit, so you head through the doors marked "Hanumans Temple", with signs beneath hinting that the cheetahs can sometimes be seen indoors. Inside, you go down a dark, false torch-lit hallway inside the rock wall separating the lions and cheetahs. At the end is a large half-circle room, with three small moated exhibits and six small glass ones. Two more, huge with glass windows, are closest to the rooms entry. The one on the left of the semicircle is for the Asian Lions. The right one has two female and three male cheetahs inside, their sand coats ruffling from the air conditioning in the roof of their indoor quarters. Browsing along the terraria, making your way left round the rooms perimeter, you see pygmy hogs, ratels, and gavials all sleeping in the moated exhibits, which are all about 9 feet wide, but the length is difficult to judge, since the back walls are blocked by foliage.

    The rest of the exhibits have an assortment of reptiles and small birds, and after seeing these you leave the building. Walking out, you happen to glance up at the roof, which is a half-dome replicating a caved-in temple, with some of the "fallen" pieces serving as benches for visitors.
    Outside, you walk on, almost to the end, and stop to watch the Hanuman Langurs in the last exhibit on the left. Overgrown Temple ruins take up nearly this whole exhibit, about a third of an acre, and surrounded by a concealed system of electric wires. The monkeys jump in and out of the ruins, playing in the spray of the temple "aqueducts". Suddenly a fight breaks out, and two males, Mohan and Siva, scream at the top of their lungs ad whip feces everywhere. Worried for your own safety ( monkeys throw far! ) you leave to visit the last exhibit, the Indian Elephant herd. This 6 acre habitat boasts 7 elephants, five females and two males, introduced for breeding. Most of the elephants cluster around the half-acre pool in the back, adjacent to the indoor Elephant Temple. A young male, crashes through the brush around the perimeter of the exhibit and trumpets, emanating throughout the zoo. This exhibit is planted with trees only around the edges, with elephant grass and dusty ground taking up most of its area. Two females, in the front moat, respond to his display and rumble a mating acceptance.

    Its getting late now, but you wish you could stay longer. The Indian Scrub Forest boasts an array of wildlife, and it must always be conserved.


    Thank You for Reading
     
  3. cloudedleopard

    cloudedleopard Well-Known Member

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR7v0rUxUSo
    This exhibit is Brazilian Forest.
    Soft Samba music plays in the air as visitors walk into the Emerald Land- Beautiful Country of Brazil!
    Toucans and aracaris call overhead as visitors enter a land so green it appears almost mythical, but it is real. On the left there is an exhibit that looks like it was created by a mythical god! Lush trees and bromeliads are everywhere, with palm weavings filled with beef are hanging from the trees! Thick carpets of moss plaster the walls and the trees! Two beautifully patterned Brazilian ocelots, Arturo and Samba, live in this exhibit, with amazing opportunities to view them in the garden of the gods.
    Water so clear it appears like a dream would be after the garden of the ocelots. Rockworks and ruins straight from the ancient days would teem in the large home. Lushly pigmented flowers would add the feel of a myth to the exhibit- for Alonzo, Manziel and Sarita- a trio of yellow-and-black jaguars, with patterns so unreal a jaguar's coat appears to be black!
    The true colors in the Amazon would be in a lush forest filled with a rainbow of plants. Snakes would coil through the tall kapok trees as tropical frogs hopped on the ground. Flat, hallucinogenic Surinam toads would have a large pond with water so radiant it appears to have shone through the Sun! A cacophony of colors would appear out of thin air in the large weaving of radiant shades of green and yellow! Cock on the rock, scarlet macaw, green aracari, Toco toucan, sun conure, and blue and gold macaw would all live in the trees and bromeliads of a beautiful, nearly dreamlike jungle of Brazil!
    Continuing on, mud as brown as fresh chocolate would give form to a shimmering ribbon of water as blue as the sky on a clear summer day! A large animal as shaggy and varied (in color) as a thick, downy quilt would snuffle along the steep bank of the river, searching for ants to eat! This animal of course would be the Giant Anteater. Also in the exhibit would be large, wiry rodents the color of sand. Their hair is like a pig but the animal appears to be a giant, plump rat! It is of course, a Capybara. Pink Roseate Spoonbills with a flat, spoonlike beak that appears straight out of the World of Dr. Seuss would also live in the mudbank! Bright red ibis would stand knee-deep in the soft, shimmery mud of the Amazon River, searching for morsels to eat! The Land of Beauty would continue with a short, brown animal the color of mud from the Amazon River. It would have a short, thick snout like that of an Elephant! The unique animal is a Brazilian Tapir. The mythical "nature gods" of Brazil are still with us as we see a small animal with fur the color of mud and Greek olives, a colony of Red-Rumped Agouti. The last animal would live in a field with rich green grass,with fur as white as snow and large, black eyes the color of the night sky. It is of course a Llama. Visitors would leave the exhibit with the understanding of the beauty of Brazil.
     
  4. Malayan Tiger

    Malayan Tiger Well-Known Member

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    Well done, this is what we are looking for
     
  5. Malayan Tiger

    Malayan Tiger Well-Known Member

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    Oh, and there's no competition here: we want to see everyone's ideas.
     
  6. lowland anoa

    lowland anoa Well-Known Member

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    Hi
    I`m new to zoochat and can you check the thread before this one.
    African Plains
    When you enter the exhibit, African music will play, and the first animal is the meerkat, basking on the red sand to resemble their natural origin. rocks will surround the meerkat.
    Now you will pass a rocky building. the sign will say "The Aardvark awaits you" then youll enter the building to see a dark enclosure housing 19 aardvarks. before you exit youll see a potto exhibit with loads of branches for the potto to rest on. now, a 2 acre enclosure with bobaob tree and tall rocks. You have entered their presences. it house nyalas, lesser kudu, Grants zebra, giraffe,gerenuks,impala and African elephants. Wait! you see a massive waterhole with ostrichs and 40 species of fishes. and youll walk across a wooden bridge to see that there are hippos swimming under you. they share it with 2 nile crocodiles. now a truck will approach you, the driver will kindly ask you to sit in the truck. He will take you to a grassland. youll enter the enclosure. White storks will fly above you, and youll see a herd of 34 Kirk`s dik-dik, and youll will scream when you see a white rhino walking toward you. they want the hay on the top of the truck. You will meet a family of Dama gazelle sitting on the rocks of the grassed enclosure, and theres a massive waterhole with AFRICAN cranes and lesser flamingo scurrying around for food. you will come across a mudhole with warthog playing in it. now a secretary bird will fly above. you will exit. you will see 2 enclosures, each housing a troop of Guinea baboon and olive baboons. they will play in the tree or the cave. youll come across a enclosure the size of a bathroom housing black and rufous sengi . the exhibit ends with a enclosure housing capes buffalo, greater kudu, marabou storks, black rhino and kori bustards. the African lions are the last exhibit
     
  7. MIZoo

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    Good, but you forgot to provide the media!
    For example, since you mentioned African music, so you should provide a link to some, or similar.