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Create an exhibit for these Middle-Eastern animals

Discussion in 'Fantasy Zoos' started by JigerofLemuria, 18 Dec 2018.

  1. JigerofLemuria

    JigerofLemuria Well-Known Member

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    Inspired by @Anteaterman and @Komodo99, here I propose a number of middle Eastern animals, from which you can chose to create an exhibit for. These are:
    - Striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena)
    - Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx)
    - Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
    - Persian onager (Equus hemionus onager)
    - Euphrates softshell turtle (Rafetus euphraticus)
    - Socotra cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis)
    - Jungle cat (Felis chaus)
    You can create a mixed exhibit if you wish (though this time the possibilities seem slim)

    I will choose the Persian Onager; a core group composed by a male and about three/four females.
    The exhibit would mostly consist in a large flat area of hard soil; grass would be allowed to grow, but not too exponentially, and a couple of Lebanon cedar trees would dot the enclosure to provide shade. Edible bushes would be planted both inside (they'll be short-lived) and around the outside of the paddock, to obscure the animals from view, outside of a couple of viewpoints. The fence itself would be a sturdy wooden rail fence, and there would be a water-filled moat separating the onagers from the viewpoint. The water would be kept clean, in order for the animals to be able to drink without harm, but a water dispenser would also be present near the stables. Said stables would also be sturdy and wooden; they would be large enough for the herd to move around in and sleep comfortably on a sand and hay substrate, but it wouldn't be too large and lavish, as these hardy equines would spend all year outdoors. However, a wide porche would hang above the stable door, in order for them to be protected from rain. A centerpiece of the exhibit would be a large feeding trough, which would be mostly filled with hay and fresh grass, but other food items such as oats and fruit could be put in there too. Enrichment items, like a rope and ball, and a buoy, would also be available for them.
     
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  2. Yi Qi

    Yi Qi Well-Known Member

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    Can we add extra species?

    Valley of the Oryx

    Striped Hyena
    A large (28 metres wide by 92 metres long) exhibit on a hill around 25°, with large rocks both real and fake scattered around it, giving the impression of a mountainside. Many of these rocks have bushes and trees on them, providing shade to simulate night and activity. In the centre left would be a cave which functions as both a denning area and indoor exhibit. The exhibit itself would be home to a breeding pair of striped hyenas, and the prior-mentioned cave would be where the female could raise them. Interpretives, themed as a researcher's field notes would explain how striped hyenas are important components of the desert ecosystem as scavengers and how they rarely attack humans, but are wrongfully persecuted by many cultures.

    Egyptian Vulture
    This 180 square metre aviary is home to around 2.2 egyptian vultures,and would be just down from the hyena exhibit. Interpretives, like the hyenas, would explain the vulture's role as a scavenger and the threats it faces such as poisoning by farmers. The exhibit would be designed so that different vultures can be exhibited and bred.

    Arabian Oryx and Persian Onager
    This 10-hectare enclosure is a flat plain with a small village next to it. Viewing would take place from both the upper section on the ridge and at ground level. The left and right would be vegetated with native plants such as acacia. At the back would be a pond and cistern where animals could drink. Around the perimeter. Through calligraphy and murals, the threats to them, many of which are caused by humans, such as drought and hunting, as well as their conservation sucess. Additional species featured within the enclosure would be:
    • Arabian gazelle
    • Goitered gazelle
    • Common Ostrich (standing in for the extinct arabian ostrich)
    At the front of it would be a station for dromedary camel rides which go inside the exhibit, allowing visitors to get a closer look at these hoofstock.
     
  3. JigerofLemuria

    JigerofLemuria Well-Known Member

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    Of course! :)
    There were a few animals I couldn't fit in, so let's see if they return (The Goitered gazelle was on the original list, for example)! :D
    I love your idea for an entire themed area. ;)
     
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  4. ChaffeeZooFan

    ChaffeeZooFan Active Member

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    @Yi Qi, I normally am not a huge fan of camel rides in zoos as they rarely promote conservation for or educate about the camels themself, but I really like your idea of riding them through the exhibit. It allows for improved viewing of the other species (as it is such a large enclosure) without being as intrusive as taking some sort of vehicle or tram into the exhibit. Plus it makes the view from the viewing areas more naturalistic than enclosures that have vehicle rides. Not to mention the obvious theming of the middle East.
     
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  5. Daktari JG

    Daktari JG Well-Known Member

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    Given that dromedarys are completely a domesticated species, they would seem to be the most appropriate ride -other than horses or ponies. That could be used as an education point, as well as differentiating them from bactrian while pointing out that some wild bactrian still exist. Also might want to add some ancient ruins and immerse the exhibit as an ancient trade caravan experience. (Around Christmas the camels can pack gold frankincense and myrrh!)

    As for exhibit- the oryx onager turtle vulture and comorant could all be in one mixed exhibit. Though may want an aviary for the vulture. A hidden moat could display the hyenas in the background/side adjacent.
     
  6. FBBird

    FBBird Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't trust vultures with a nice soft juicy turtle......
     
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  7. ZooBinh

    ZooBinh Well-Known Member

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    with a hint of earthiness......that would make a great fine dining vulture meal.
     
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