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Discussion in 'Fantasy Zoos' started by Zoofan15, 5 Jun 2018.

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  1. Zoofan15

    Zoofan15 Well-Known Member

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    This is a game where a zoo is run by the members of ZooChat. We curate wild animals, deal with even wilder customers, manage staff and carry out maintenance around the zoo. We plan breeding programmes, liase with the media and complete administrative tasks. We don't get paid a cent (though apparently this doesn't bother us) for the rich rewards come from the ability to make DECISIONS every minute of every day in our zoo.

    This thread will follow a three step format:

    1) ZooChat Member A will pose a fictional scenario, where a decision needs to be made (they will include two choices)

    2) ZooChat Member B will choose Option 1 or Option 2

    3) ZooChat Member C will describe the consequence of choosing the option selected and then pose a new scenario

    Note: Step 2 cannot be completed by ZCM A; Step 3 cannot be completed by ZCM B. Scenarios should not be too off the wall. This is no place for unicorns.

    I will provide an example below:
     
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    Zoofan15 Well-Known Member

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    Scenario:

    The zoo board has to decide whether to raise admission prices. Do you:

    A) Raise them
    B) Leave them as they are
     
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    Zoofan15 Well-Known Member

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    Answer:

    A) Raise them
     
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    Consequence:

    Visitors react relatively neutrally to the change and revenue is increased for the zoo.

    Scenario:

    A large company who has an unpopular reputation for their environmental disinterest offers to sponsor the zoo's new Sea Lion exhibit with a $3 million donation. Do you:

    A) Accept it
    B) Decline it
     
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    A) Accept it

    Couple thoughts, I feel like first person should ask the question, then the second person would answer, explain, and then present the new solution.

    In addition, what's our starting point? What animals do we have and how big of a space do we have? Are we financially stable as this an imaginary zoo?

    Interesting idea though, I like the concept :)
     
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    I agree with big nate. Its a interesting idea, but with more information we could make better decisions.
     
  7. Yi Qi

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    Several environmentalist groups (including some local celebrities) stage a protest at your zoo, calling for it to cancel the sponsor. Do you:

    A. Cave in to public pressure
    B. Carry on as planned
     
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    Nice question
    A. Cave in, but only if the public is able to replace the sponsorship with donation money
     
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    You decide to cancel the sponsorship, and zoo visitorship goes up due to the boycott offering some publicity. However, you are not able amass 3,000,000 in donation money; only around $12,000 maximum. Do you:

    A. Try to find another sponsor, this time a more responsible company
    B. Put the sea lion exhibit on hiatus and focus on other exhibits.
     
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    @Yi Qi
    B. Focus on other exhibits

    The public didn't get the donations in, so there will be no sea lion exhibit ---for now
     
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    At a meeting, you and the staff draft three concepts in lieu of the sea lions:

    A. A renovated exhibit for the zoo's american flamingos costing 1.24 million; estimated to bring around 1.9% more visitors.
    B. A new exhibit for australian fauna (red and eastern grey kangaroos, emus, kookaburras, and saltwater crocodiles), costing $2.98 million; estimated to get a 3.25% rise in attendance.
    C. A new african exhibit complex consisting of a renovated exhibit for the zoo's existing eastern chimpanzees and mandrills and new exhibits for african birds, cheetahs, and hoofstock, costing $3.51 million and may have a 6.78% increase.
     
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    I like @BigNate's idea that the first person should ask the question, then the second person answer, explain, and then present the new solution so yes, we will run with that.

    I will update this thread tomorrow with additional info on this zoo.
     
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    I choose:

    C. A new african exhibit complex consisting of a renovated exhibit for the zoo's existing eastern chimpanzees and mandrills and new exhibits for african birds, cheetahs, and hoofstock, costing $3.51 million and may have a 6.78% increase

    Consequence:

    An even higher projection of 15.00% more visitors is achieved following several births within the Eastern Chimpanzee Colony, which now numbers around 20.

    Scenario:

    The chimpanzee colony will reach the capacity of the enclosure within five years if the colony continues to grow exponentially. Should we:

    A) Contracept all chimpanzees for the next 10 years and wait for older members to die
    B) Export 5-10 surplus chimpanzees and continue breeding
     
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    I choose :

    B) Export 5-10 surplus chimpanzees and continue breeding

    Consequence:

    Eight animals are exported to boost other zoos' population. This improves your rapport with other zoos. Unfortunately the hierarchy of the chimpanzee group is damaged and as a result, more fights among individuals are noted.

    Scenario :

    The chimpanzee group is often seen fighting over food and weaker individuals are excluded from feeding. This is resulting in potential health risks for both the stronger and weaker animals. The mother of the youngster is a weaker member and may not be providing enough milk for her baby. Should we :

    A) Feed the animals in new ways i.e more enrichment, more scatterfeeds etc
    B) Separate the weaker and stronger members at feeding time and completely remove the female
    c) Do nothing. The hierarchy will have to mend itself.

    (Will a species list for the zoo be published?)
     
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    A) Feed the animals in new ways i.e more enrichment, more scatterfeeds etc.

    The good news is that aggression amongst the chimps does dip, but only marginally. Should the zoo:

    A) Separate the weaker and stronger members at feeding time and completely remove the female (as suggested second)
    B) Try and contact the other zoo to get the previous alpha back.
     
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    Also, I've decided to add a partial list of animals at our zoo:

    • Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
    • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
    • Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)
    • North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis)
    • Canadian Beaver (Castor canadensis)
    • American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
    • Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
    • Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)
    • Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
    • Brazilian Tapir (Tapirus terrestris)
    • Common Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
    • Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)
    • African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)
    • Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps rex)
    • Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus)
    • Lesser Kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis)
    • Kéwel (Tragelaphus scriptus)
    • Maneless zebra (Equus quagga borensis)
    • Grant's Zebra (Equus quagga boehmi)
     
  17. Zoofan15

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    Good initiative @Yi Qi on starting a species list. The board of directors shall include myself @Zoofan15, as well as @BigNate, @Dylan and @Yi Qi in recongititon of their contribution to the founding of this zoo. An additional two directors will be appointed at the end of next week, with applications assessed on the merit of the posts made in this thread.

    I shall continue the species list below:

    Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)

    California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

    Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)
    Temminck's Golden Cat (Catopuma temminickii)
    Jaguar (Panthera onca)

    Asian Elephant (Elephus maximus)
     
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    We try A)

    The female, along with her two offspring (aged 5 years and 3 months) are removed from the main community for a period of three months to allow the mother to build up strenght. She receives regular visits from her sister (and her offspring) to maintain her social bonds with the community in her absence. The zoo introduces a procedure of rasing a slide door enough to allow the juveniles in the group through (but not the adults) to give them a head start on the food. This proves successful.

    Should we:

    A) Reintroduce the female to the community after 3 months (using support strategies)
    B) Export her and her two offspring to another zoo
     
  19. BigNate

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    B. Export her and her babies. It is unlikely that she will ever adjust her behavior

    A partnering zoo has offered a trade, should we
    A. Take back a young herd of four giraffes, 1 male, 3 females, all unrelated
    Giraffes will need a new enclosure to be build, estimated cost -5 million
    B. Take back a male southern white rhino, likely to get along with our current herd of zebras, will not need a new enclosure
     
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    A) Import the young herd of 1.3 giraffe and build a new enclosure, with room for the herd to expand. Many zoos have had issues with integrating rhino and zebra, so such a move would be risky.

    Should we:

    A) With the new giraffe enclosure, take the oppotunity to further develop an African section?

    B) Leave things as they are (no enclosures grouped by continent)
     
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