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Design a Specialist Zoo

Discussion in 'Fantasy Zoos' started by The_melford_manatee, 6 Jun 2020.

  1. The_melford_manatee

    The_melford_manatee Well-Known Member

    18 May 2020
    Specialist Zoos are interesting as they chose to focus on a certain group of animals rather than a large variety like a traditional zoo.I have only ever seen specialist zoos that focus on reptiles and primates although birds, cats and cetaceans often find themselves the focus of a specialist zoo.

    In this thread, you can design a specialist zoo(In this case,I am referring to zoos that focus on a certain group of animals rather than a biome or continent).Simply chose a category of animals, state the species list and describe the enclosures in as much/little detail as you like.You can do any category of animals, though I would recommend:
    Big Cats
    Of course you can do anything.

    Just because you chose a group does not mean you are completely limited to it.When I visited Crocodiles of the World I was surprised to find that Meerkats, Tamarins and even a Fishing Cat were there as well.However,if you are going to do other animals, keep them small.Don’t specialise in birds and have an area for lions.

  2. Gibbon05

    Gibbon05 Well-Known Member

    21 Aug 2017
    I am omnipresent
    I'll do Crocodiles as a bit of a challenge but also because you can create some really interesting exhibits with them. Basically it will be a very large, rainforest themed featuring these species.

    Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman, Caiman Lizard, Matamata, Ocellate River Stingray, Common Basilisk

    Cuban Crocodile (2 exhibits)

    Spectacled Caiman

    Green Iguana

    Sunda Gharial, Fly River Turtle

    Nile Monitor

    Nile Crocodile (2 exhibits)

    Saltwater Crocodile (2 exhibits)

    Freshwater Crocodile

    Chinese Alligator

    Broad-Snouted Caiman

    American Alligator

    Alligator Snapping Turtle, Alligator Gar

    Exhibit Design

    Smaller crocodiles and caimans - Small to medium sized exhibits with a medium pool and small amount of ground space.
    Larger crocodiles, alligators and gharials - Large exhibit with large water section and large ground space.
    Monitor and iguana - Medium exhibits with rocks for climbing, monitors have a pool to swim in.

  3. The_melford_manatee

    The_melford_manatee Well-Known Member

    18 May 2020
    I am doing Primates simply because I feel I have a better idea of what is required for them(my favourite specialist zoo specialised in primates).

    The design is a large island with a huge tropical house in the centre.Surrounding it are enclosures for:
    Eastern Chimpanzee
    Western Lowland Gorilla
    Bornean Orangutan,Sumatran Orangutan,Hanuman Langurs
    Red-shanked Douc
    Lar Gibbon

    All of these animals have indoor areas within the tropical dome.The tropical house is very large with rainforest exhibits for:
    Bald Uakari
    Golden Lion Tamarin
    Buffy-headed Capuchin
    Cotton Top Tamarin
    Columbian Spider Monkey
    Black Howler Monkey
    Proboscis Monkey

    In the centre is a large pool.You can cross it via some bridges into a tree house.This is where the free-Roamers spend most of their time.They are:
    Helmeted Guineafowl
    Vulturine Guineafowl
    Rainbow Lorikeet
    Red Lorikeet

    When you leave the building there are the Desert enclosures:
    Gelada Baboon
    Hamadryas Baboon

    There are also exhibits for:

    The enclosures are open and grassy with dense areas,varied terrain and climbing structures outdoors.

    The indoor enclosures are small and netted with Southeast Asian vegetation.For the larger monkeys there are larger exhibits.The apes have less foliage and more nests as well as straw along the bottom.

    The entire tropical house is full of rainforest vegetation providing the free-Roamers with such a habitat.

    The desert enclosures are savannah exhibits similar in design to the outdoor ape enclosures.

    The Mandrill and Drills have similar enclosures that are far more dense.
  4. HungarianBison

    HungarianBison Well-Known Member

    7 Apr 2020
    The Time Machine Zoo
    After the main entrance and a lifeless stone-desert, there's an aquarium-terrarium house called Ancient Marsh. Here there are sharks, crocodiles, tuataras, cockroaches and dragonflies.
    The next part of the zoo is DinoPark with Tupaias' outdoor terrarium.
    Following, visitors can go through a lavae meadow, which is symbolise The Big Extinction's suspected reason.
    Next part called Tercier, here you can see models, which are display horses' evolution. In this place there are living Malayan tapirs, armadillos and hedgehogs, Hyaenodon, Indricotherium, Phorusrhacos, Gomphotherium and Amphicyon life-size models.
    The Tercier is followed by Ice Age. The central part of this place is a 4-hectare sized exhibit. Here visitors can see big herds of Heck's cattle(to replace aurochs), Przewalski's horse (to replace Ice Age horses), Reindeer and Two-humped camel(to replace Camelus knoblochi). On the edge of the enclosure, there are life-size Mammuthus primigenius, Smilodon, Coelodonta and Megaloceras models. There are four carnivore enclosures: their inhabitants are Indian lions(to replace Cave lion), Spotted hyenas(to replace Cave hyena), Kamchatkan bear(to replace Cave bear) and wolves. The complex is complemented by a Homo neanderthalensis camp.
    The last part of the zoo is Extinction Road, which is a visitor path. In the edge of the path there are the following animals' life-size models: Giant sloth, Dwarf mammoth, Moa, Aurochs, Dodo, Steller's seacow, Bluebuck, Giant auk, Quagga, Pilgrim dove, Barbary lion, Thylacine, Caspian tiger and Northern white rhino. After this we get back to the stone-desert which symbolise: if humans continue to destroy nature, ecosystems will die in the Earth.
  5. Crotalus

    Crotalus Well-Known Member

    11 Jun 2019
    Ah, I love specialist zoos! I'm gonna focus on odd-toed ungulates. I will however, be including both animals they share space with (think hoofstock, primates, maybe other mammals), as well as their predators (so don't be surprised if I do include leopards, hyenas, lions, crocodiles, etc.).
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