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  1. Zoofan15

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    The Zoo Decisions Lounge

    Congratulations on making it to the end of Zoo Decisions!

    It’s been a busy few months and we’ve had one hell of a ride, essentially creating a zoo from scratch. Thank you to everyone for their hard work.

    This thread is dedicated as space to talk about what you liked or didn’t like about ‘Zoo Decisions’; share ideas for how to make ‘Zoo Decisions 2’ better next year (this starts 14 Jan 2019); provide updates on your favourite animals; or to simply wish everyone a Merry Christmas/Happy New Year.

    Here are links to our previous ‘Zoo Decisions’ precincts:

    Zoo Decisions - Part 1 (Origins/South American Precinct)

    Zoo Decisions - Part 2 (Asian Precinct)

    Zoo Decisions - Part 3 (North American Precinct)

    Zoo Decisions - Part 4 (African Precinct)

    Zoo Decisions - Part 5 (Australasian Precinct)

    Zoo Decisions - Part 6 (European Precinct)

    And our online species list:

    Millennial Zoo species list

    I have designed a final activity for us all (see Post #3).
     
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  2. Zoofan15

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    Zoo Decisions 2

    ‘Zoo Decisions 2’ will start 14 Jan 2019:


    January 2019: Origin/Planning (chair: @Zoofan15)

    February 2019: South American Precinct (acting chair: @Nate Brother)

    March 2019: Asian Precinct (acting chair @Jambo)

    April 2019: North American Precinct (acting chair: @OstrichMania)

    May 2019: African Precinct (acting chair: @CDavies98)

    June 2019: Australasian Precinct (chair @Zoofan15)

    July 2019: European Precinct (acting chair: @The Walrus)

    As noted, I will start ‘Zoo Decisions 2’, and chair one precinct (Australasia). The other five precincts will be chaired by the five people listed above, who will each be ‘acting chair’ for a month. I’m excited about the diversity and creativity this will bring to ‘Zoo Decisions 2’, with each acting chair having the chance to exercise a different style of creative control.
     
  3. Zoofan15

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    Final Activity

    **SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED SEASON 29 OF THE SIMPSONS**

    The Simpsons recently did an episode where they showed the futuristic deaths of several characters as a short montage (1.5 minutes):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz5Mn1Biqeg

    Could everyone please do the following (non directors and past directors are also welcome):


    1) Watch the clip above for inspiration (make sure the sound is on).

    2) Write the futuristic death for two of our named animals at the Millennial Zoo, while offering some insight into their lives.
     
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    Kee
    Female Temminck’s golden cat
    Died aged 25 years

    Kee the Temminck’s golden cat passed away in her sleep aged 25 years. After a uterine infection required her to undergo an emergency hysterectomy at the age of 8 years in 2020, Kee was removed from the breeding programme and returned to life as an encounter animal. As well as producing 8 kittens, Kee met an estimated 45,000 people through public encounter groups an inspired millions more to contribute to conservation efforts. Kee was hand raised by her keeper, Amber, who worked with her throughout her life and was with her at the end. At the time of her death, Kee was the oldest Temminck’s golden cat in captivity.
     
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    Akans
    Male Common chimpanzee
    Died aged 16 years

    Akans, the alpha male of our chimpanzee community, drowned at the age of 16 years after falling into the exhibit moat. His death, shortly after the birth of his 24th offspring, prompted a worldwide review of the use of moats as an exhibit barrier in zoos. Immediately follow his death, the moat was filled in and replaced with a glass viewing windows so no chimpanzee at the Millennial Zoo would suffer the same fate.
     
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    I thought I was doing North America.
     
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    Iguazu
    Male Scarlet macaw
    Died aged 30 years
    Iguazu died during an avian influenza outbreak in the year 2043. Throughout his well-lived life, he was a well-liked outreach animal, and one of our first actually. His presence started our bird outreach program, which was liked by many.
     
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    And I was doing Europe.
     
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    Kafi
    Female Giraffe
    Died Aged 20 Years

    After the 2016 Giraffe Barn Fire, the story of Kafi’s dramatic escape spread quickly. She was dubbed “ The Miracle Giraffe” by news all over the country. In 2020, we brought several animals on a youth outreach tour throughout the country, and Kafi, along with Kee, Igazu, and others, were the headline animals. In 2025, she began showing signs of PTSD from the fire, something not known could happen in Giraffes. For the remaining 9 years of her life, she provided valuable data that will help Giraffe conservation for generations. After dying of natural causes in 2034, a stir of her was installed of her in front of the Giraffe house. A plaque on the statue reads, “Everyone’s miracle”
     
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    Fernando
    Male Giant anteater
    Died aged 15 years
    Our original giant anteater, Fernando, passed in his sleep in the year 2025. He came to us from a zoo in Florida, and has since been proven to be a reputable breeder. Due to his genetic value, he was paired up with multiple females over the years. His offspring included a set of twins, which isn't common for the species. He also had many more offspring before he died, and he currently has many living descendants, including a few grandchildren. He has been since commemorated through a fountain in The Tigela Esmeralda.
     
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    Sunshine
    Female Albino Burmese Python
    Died aged 24 years
    Came to us as an abandoned pet,Sunshine was aggressive to humans at first but slowly through encounters and handling by her keepers,she became a more docile snake,she has met many people through our Fear Factor encounters and has helped many people get over their fear of snakes,teaching them that snakes are misunderstood creatures,Sunshine also participated in our youth outreach tour throughout the country in 2020 along with our other animal ambassadors like Kee the Temmnick's Golden Cat,Iguazu the Scarlet Macaw, Kafi the Rothschild's Giraffe and others....Sunshine grew to be the largest snake in our collection at a length of 17 feet and weighing almost 200 kilograms.Sunshine passed away at a ripe old age of 24,quite old for her species,she was taxidermied and displayed at our Natural History Museum at the Millennial Zoo exhibit of the Zoological History section. She was remembered by zoo staff and patrons as a "Gentle Giant" among our animal ambassadors.
     
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    Also everyone go vote for Zoo Decisions Part 1 in the TOTY Poll!
     
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    Apologies to @TheWalrus and @OstrichMania for listing you as the acting team leader of the wrong precinct.

    The acting team leader of the North American precinct is @TheWalrus.

    The acting team leader of the European precinct is @OstrichMania.
     
  15. Ebirah766

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    Sorry, but I don't know of much individual animals at the Millenial Zoo. I'll do James, our Norway lobster.

    James
    Norway Lobster
    Died aged 15 years

    Considering male Norway lobsters live only for about 12 years, James was quite the impressive specimen.

    He resided in our Waters of Europe complex, chilling in his shipwreck. He was often cited as a quirky character, often coming straight up to the glass to meet the zoo visitors.

    James was frequently studied by zoo scientists for having above-average intelligence, similar to an octopus. He was tested with various puzzles and succeeded in all of them.

    He died of something beyond his own intelligence, a tank crash. He died of suffocation from heavy water being pumped into his tank.

    A plaque on the floor by his exhibit reads, "You were bigger than all of us, James"
     
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    That's great @Ebirah766, and thanks to everyone else who has offered future insights to our animals. Keep them coming!

    @Nate Brother, you may be interested to know that Kafi (and her family) were based on a real life giraffe herd and that the giraffe Kafi was based on died at 20 years also. Spooky!
     
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    Mirembe
    Female Mountain gorilla
    Died aged 42

    Mirembe arrived to the zoo in 2015 from a wildlife park in the Republic of the congo. She was of prime early breeding age being 9 upon her arrival. Within a year she had given birth to the first ever Mountain gorilla in captivity. After the baby was born, Mirembe immediately took into raising it without keeper assistance. Soon after the birth, the baby was confirmed to be a female and he was named by the public, Mbogo. Soon after giving birth to Mbogo, Mirembe went on to become a mother 6 more times! She gave birth to a female named Manyara in 2018, a male named Maina in 2022, a female named Mbali in 2025, a male named Masamba in 2029, a female named Makena in 2033 and a male named Mchumba in 2038. She was an amazing mother to all her baby’s ; caring for them and raising them into adulthood. Mirembe also took into time adopting a young male named Kgosi who was rejected by his mother. Mirembe spent most of her time playing with her children and other gorillas but frequently enjoyed to sit near the viewing glass and interact with visitors. She became known to the public as the ‘The friendly ape’. In her later years Mirembe began to struggle with her mobility. She spent her time sitting around often and became less interactive with other gorillas, visitors and keepers. In 2045, Mirembe contracted arthritis in her legs. In her third year after being diagnosed with athiritis, the pain that she was experiencing was becoming more obvious to keepers and the decision was made to euthanise her in 2048. She was 42 years old and a great great grandmother. A memorial statue of her was placed next to the viewing window where Mirembe always interacted with guests with a plague reading ‘Rest in peace, friendly ape’.
     
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    Here's my next one, about Elena, one of our European otters.

    Elena
    European otter
    Died aged 23 years old

    Elena was one of the original European otters at the zoo. She was sourced from somewhere in the UK and proved to be a good breeder, having several litters of pups in her lifetime. Elena was a playful creature, splashing around in her exhibit in Waters of Europe. She died of old age, surrounded by those who loved her. She is listed on the plaque on the entrance of the zoo of deceased animals.
     
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    I like how you've staggered the age gaps between offspring like you'd see in most breeding female gorillas. Age gaps of 3-4 years between offspring when they are in their prime, and longer age gaps (5 years) when they are in their later years. I'm hoping Frala at Taronga Zoo will have an infant next year. Due to her age, it would likely be her final infant.
     
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    Thanks! ;)

    It probably would be Frala’s last if she does give birth. I do hope she’ll have another baby and I also hope that Mjukee will give birth soon. Hopefully, they’ll give birth around the same time too. :cool:
     
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