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Zoo challenge - NO CONSPECIFICS

Discussion in 'Fantasy Zoos' started by Ebirah766, 12 Nov 2018.

  1. Ebirah766

    Ebirah766 Well-Known Member

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    Hello, lads. You may recognize me from all those belligerent posts I made back in the day, or me uploading media to the Jenkinson's Aquarium section of the site.

    Anyway, I have a challenge for you lads. When I was a kid, I didn't like the idea of mixing animals. Each exhibit was to only have one species. Of course, my notions have changed, and I am all for mixing animals.

    But now, I want you lads to design a zoo, aquarium, or safari park that only has one species per exhibit. Excited to see your responses!
     
  2. TeaLovingDave

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    You do know that "conspecific" does not mean "more than one species" don't you? :p
     
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    *sigh*

    Can't change it now, can I?
     
  4. ThylacineAlive

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    Couldn't we just give a list of any and all species we wanted in a zoo and then state that they're all in separate enclosures?

    But for the record, you're going to have a lot harder of a time keeping your fish tanks clean without mixing plecos, cories, etc. in.

    ~Thylo
     
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  5. Ebirah766

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    I am aware of that. Makes a challenge when designing aquariums :)
     
  6. Kakapo

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    It's easy, just avoid
    -Large paddoks for mixed hoofstock
    -Walkthrough aviaries for mixed tropical birds
    -Pools for waterfowl
    -Butterfly houses
    -Community reef tanks for tropical fishes
    -Community freshwater tanks (amazonian etc)
    -Oceanic tank (sharks, rays, carangids, schooling fishes..)

    And instead use:
    -Battery enclosures for parrot collection
    -Battery enclosures for small carnivore collection
    -Battery enclosures for pheasant/partridge collection
    -Pools for a dolphin species
    -Pools for a pinniped species
    -Paddoks for large carnivores (bears etc)
    -Few paddocks for special hoofstock (okapi f. e.)
    -Separated aviaries for birds of prey
    -Reptile, amphibian and insect room with each species in a different terrarium
    -Aquarium with non-reef inhabitants (as corals are also animals) that are enough interesting for be exhibited solitary, and that don't need much space (no big sharks or carangids). For example nautilus, octopus, horseshoe crab, lungfish, seahorses, sea dragons, etc etc... Also, schooling small freshwater fish (such a tank full of many neon tetras)
     
  7. Great Argus

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    Pretty much how to do it right there. Though everything to avoid is fairly popular... :rolleyes:
    The concept of mixing species makes an exhibit much more interesting and naturalistic, although mixing species isn't always possible. Kinda hard to mix species with such as Polar Bear, Tiger, King Cobra, Saltwater Croc, Giant Pacific Octopus...
     
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    I feel like most species bar fishes, corals, etc. would do just fine in single species setups regardly of the type of enclosure you put them in. You could keep all the species typical found in mixed hoofstock enclosures and mixed bird aviaries but just have them by themselves in the same exact size enclosures and the only difference would be you wasted a ton of space.

    ~Thylo
     
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  9. Neil chace

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    There is really not many specjes that this would create challenges for. Hoofstock collection would be limited- but could be kept in various smaller exhibits- or just have a large herd of 1 species. Birds would be interesting- but a bird house could be made effectively with single species exhibits only.
     
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