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Innovative children zoo - wild, wild Asia

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  1. Jurek7

    Jurek7 Well-Known Member

    19 Dec 2007
    Everywhere at once
    I had some time to post one of my old concepts. Comments welcome! Especially, how you or you children would feel in such a place. :)


    This is my idea of a children zoo focused on Asian animals. It is set in quite a cold climate, therefore it is designed to be attractive in both warm and cold weather.

    All-year playground: Central Asian steppe

    This is an open area set like a nomad camp, with yurts. There are falconry demonstrations with golden eagles, sakers and barn and eagle owls, riding and archery demonstrations, and contact sessions with small animals. Demonstrations of milking of cows take place, too. There is also place for rides on Bactrian camels, ponies, donkeys and carts ridden by yaks. Cart rides take place on a large steppe paddock with goitred gazelle, saiga, siberian ibex and urial. Separated are paddocks of Przewalski horses and kulan. In one of the yurts is information on conservation of steppe mammals and especially Przewalski horse. In aother there is a sleepover place for school groups. In another is a takeaway bar. It is also possible to feed ibex and urial under supervision. Nearby exhibit is a petting corral, which allows children to pet and feed goats, and feed yak and sheep The barn of this corral replicates predator-proofed barns in Himalaya. There is also a tibetan mastiff dog used for presentations. These illustrate the conflict between farmers and big predators. Ne.arby is the exhibit of snow leopards, which are example of predators which survival depends on acceptance of herders. Additional information talks about wolves and shows wolf tracks, which are conflict predators more relevant to Western farming.

    Nearby there is 'underground walk'. It lets visitors walk in the trench or tunnell, watching marmots, sousliks, steppe polecats, pallas's cats, corsac fox, little owls, dwarf hamsters, gerbils, jerboas, long-eared hedgehogs and steppe monitor lizards on the eye level, and in their burrows underground. Background is the previous steppe area.

    Next to it is forested playground, which showcases conifer forests of Tibet and North Himalayas. There is a playground with treetop rope walk and slides. The topic is importance of old-growth forests, and forestry and impact of tree cutting. High aviaries show yellow-throated materns, derby parakeets and ural owls as hole nesting species. There are two forested exhibits, which are used on a rotation basis by several Asian black bears and a group of Tibetan macaques. There is a huge, hollow tree snag into which visitors can see and see a model how black bears den and raise cubs. The small exhibit in between has glass viewing window. Bears and macaques in rotation can be fed by the public through the plastic glass with holes, allowing animals to reach out with their tongues or fingers but not bite. There is also a system of chainlink tunnells between trees, allowing macaques and martens to walk above heads of visitors and through the playground.

    Winter playground: Indonesia

    This is a dome-shaped building with glass roof, and a restaurant overlooking large children playground themed as a rainforest with tropical trees and palms and many climbing sets, tree houses and slides and swings. Scattered in the hall are small aquariums and terrariums for insects, frogs, reptiles and rodents, designed to be at the eye level of children. There is walk up inside the trunk of giant ficus tree. It shows pictures of animals which require old-growth forests, like orangutans, gibbons, hornbills, parakeets, sun bears, materns, linsangs etc. Children can also go throught a giant hollow trunk of a fallen tree, and see reptiles, small mammals and invertebrates living in dead trees: burmese python, tokay geckos, malayan porcupines, prevost's squirrels, scorpions, centipedes and rhinoceros beetles. The topic is importantce of forest, especially old trees and the danger of deforestation.

    On the other side of the hall, there are moated and glass rotation exhibits of Sulawesi macaques and Visayan warty pigs. During the feeding demonstration, visitors can feed the pigs and macaques thogh the holes in the glass window. Otherwise, the holes are blocked.

    Next is a ramp on the higher level. It enters a walk-through lorikeet aviary, with a bridge from which visitors can feed Mitchell's lorikeets, plum-headed parakeets and crested mynahs with nectar. There are also giant fruit bats, green junglefowl, bali mynahs, imperial pigeons and some other birds.

    Nearby is the area dedicated to rivers and mangroves. There are pictures how deforestation pollutes rivers, and how wetlands and mangroves are important for wildilfe. It includes a shallow pond under the climbing area, where children can wade and swim on rafts. Next is the koi pond, where children can feed the koi. Nearby is mangrove aquarium of siamese crocodiles, water turtles and South Asian aquarium fishes. There are also archer fishes, and during the feeding demonstration children can see them splashing drops of water and jumping out of the water to catch mealworms. Another exhibit has asian short-clawed otters. There is the underwarer wiew, and it extends in a system of glass cylinders to the visitors area, so otters can swim to the visitor area and back to their exhibit.
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