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Discussion in 'Fantasy Zoos' started by Yi Qi, 5 Apr 2018.

  1. Yi Qi

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    Imagine that some time in the future, Earth makes first contact with aliens. In advance of their inevitable arrival (or perhaps our arrival to them), the UN commissions you to create a zoological park that will introduce them to Earth's fauna and flora in a sort of beefed-up World Expo exhibits

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    Because this is the future, you can have prehistoric lifeforms brought via time travel
    You have to explain to the aliens via interpretatives how they're important for both natural historical purposes and historical reasons.
    You have the option to put the zoo on a special spacecraft which will be beamed to the aliens' spacecraft.
     
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    ????.........................umm









    what?
     
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    A little confusing but I think he means build a zoo with any organism that has walked the earth to show the wildlife of our planet to foreigners (Aliens)
     
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    oh now I get it, I thought he meant capture the aliens and put them in a zoo
     
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    Kinda ironic that the new member who confused everyone with a peculiar fantasy concept is confused by a peculiar fantasy concept...

    Before you even start thinking about designs you might want to make sure whether your aliens actually understand and appreciate the concept of a zoo. Otherwise, the cultural misunderstanding might lead to hostility and, in the worst case scenario, war...;)
     
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    What about an evolution themed zoo, bringing back lifeforms to show how today’s animals have evolved into their current form, which would cover the historical aspect.
     
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    something similar actually exists already, the Darwineum in Rostock Zoo.

    http://www.zoo-rostock.de/de/tiere_park/darwineum
     
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    oh no, not at all, the Darwineum is great!
     
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    In this scenario, we've managed to successfully communicate with them in simple sentences. For the aliens, zoo means "Place where life's gathered for informing all".
     
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    Oh, ok
     
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    What if the aliens lack visual organs and experience their own world through taste? It might be important to tasting notes in an audio format so the aliens can expedience the animals in their own way.
     
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    As it turns out, the aliens communicate through electric pulses, so there's a hint.
     
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    That sounds fishy.
     
  15. Yi Qi

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    What? All I said was that they communicate via electric pulses.
     
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    This is a fascinating idea. Going crazy with ancient animals sounds tempting but I think I'd go for a half-in-half layout, one dedicated to our planet's zoological history and the other to our planet's nature as it would be in whenever this takes place, emphasizing what wonderful species still remain and how we've protected them. (Granted assuming which ones would be alive by that point is a whole other kettle of fish.) I think detailing animals' roles in our culture, including domestication, would also be important.

    I'll be sitting on this and see what I can come up with maybe. I'm new to fantasy zoos but this concept's really drawn me in.
     
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  18. Ned

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    Fish, electroreception, just a bit of a joke.
    Electroreception - Wikipedia