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Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Benosaurus, 8 Feb 2019.

  1. Ned

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    It makes me cringe but yes, it gives the lions a great lookout.
     
  2. Benosaurus

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    What is it: Goat.
    Where is it: Central Park Zoo, USA
    Which enclosure: Over the Fly River Turtle tank in the Tisch's children's zoo
    What year: 2018
    Score: 1.5 out of 5
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    Fake Goat | ZooChat
     
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    What is it: Crocodile skull
    Where is it: De Zonnegloed Sanctuary, Belgium
    Which enclosure: ?
    What year: 2018
    Score: 4 out of 5
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    Fake crocodile skull | ZooChat

    Additional comments: Very good except for the teeth looking like they are fused to the jaw and being pristine white.
     
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    What is it: Crocodile
    Where is it: Dierenpark De Oliemeulen , Netherlands
    Which enclosure: N/A
    What year: 2016
    Score: 5 out of 5
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    Escape ? | ZooChat

    Additional comments: Possibly a cast of the real thing.
     
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    What is it: Zebra carcass
    Where is it: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, USA
    Which enclosure: Birds of Africa (Cape Griffon vulture, hooded vulture, West African crowned crane and marabou stork)
    What year: 2012
    Score: 3 out of 5
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    Birds of Africa - Zebra Carcass | ZooChat
     
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    You can also nominate whole zoos for overall worst and best executed theming.

    My types:
    Worst:
    Hannover Zoo, Germany, especially THE geyser.

    Best:
    Burgers Zoo, Netherlands, especially for its Desert and Ocean.

    Note: I visited Burgers desert exhibit years before I visited real Joshua Tree National Park. Only there I found that more unreal rocks in Burgers were actually exact copies of real rocks in Joshua Tree NP.
    What perplexes me is that there is no objective reason why zoos continue to build fake monstrosities. Great landscaping at Burgers is older and not obviously more expensive than very fake landscaping at Hannover.

    By the way, good and bad theming can include not only how realistic rocks are, but also:
    -does the rock type fits the locality?
    - Does cultural theming fits the culture of the locality?
    - Are plants matching the locality?
    - And is whole landscaping coherent (so e.g no artificial house next to the realistic termite mound, no artifical rocks with obvious, not concealed door in the middle)?
     
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    Clownfish
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    Those shark chairs in the corner
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    1/5

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    0/5
     
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    Yes. Several aquariums in Europe now put fake jellyfish on exhibit in place of real ones.
     
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    Do they sign them as real? I know Pairi Daiza did this but I didn't know it was a trend.

    ~Thylo
     
  16. lintworm

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    The ones at Pairi Daiza are not signed, they are just decor, they have real jellyfishes just a bit further on....
     
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    I wondered the same. I don't know about in real life but from the photo they looked fairly realistic.


    @birdsandbats @lintworm I've seen some pretty convincing videos of robotic jellyfish in the past. Are the ones in the photo above made to move/pulsate like real jellyfish or are they just dragged around motionless by the current in the tank?
     
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    What is it: Saber-toothed cat head
    Where is it: State Darwin museum, Russia
    Which enclosure: N/A
    What year: 2017
    Score: 1.5 out of 5
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    Saber-toothed cat model | ZooChat
     
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