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Zoo from a map- Centennial Park Zoo

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  1. ChunkyMunky pengopus

    ChunkyMunky pengopus Well-Known Member

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    I had the idea for an interesting concept; One aspect of a zoo is its map, it is a good representation of what is inside the zoo, and often if you want to see what a zoo is like before you go, checking out its map is the best way.
    However, the maps are generally vague outlines of the areas and exhibits, and there is still a whole lot more to discover. So what if we could design a fantasy zoo around the basic map, detailing all of the animals within the exhibits.
    The idea for this particular zoo is that they are a bit short on space, with only around 20 acres. Exhibits should focus on rare species while still being relatively realistic, and based on the map. Each person can take an exhibit and outline the experience and animals within the enclosures, based on the information I will provide.
    I hope this concept works... Should be fun
     
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    The light gray areas at the top left and bottom are the parking lots/entrances, and the darker gray areas are utilities, guest services, shops, and restaurants. The solid color areas are buildings/indoor habitats, while the lighter colored areas are outdoor exhibit. Example: Dark blue '16' is aquarium, light blue next to it is penguin and pinniped outdoor exhibits.
     
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    1. Night House
    Description: Built in the 1970s and renovated in 2008, a slightly older gallery building with many rarities for a North American zoo. Connected to the Tropicarium building. The lights are dim and all of the exhibits are in a reverse day-night cycle, so visitors can view the nocturnal animals at their most active.
    Exhibits: Dimly/red lit indoor small and medium sized glass enclosures in a gallery style, with 4 small outdoor enclosures. Inspirations include Night Hunters (Cincinnati zoo) and Kingdoms of the night (Henry Doorly Zoo)
    Featured animals: You guys get to decide! Probably bats, and mainly reptiles and small mammals, species should be available/have precedent in North America or at least kept before.
     
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    2. Tropicarium
    Description: Built in the 2000s and with minor renovations since, an updated tropical building, with exhibits within a larger jungle. There is natural light from a sunroof, with water features and many tropical plant species and trees.
    Exhibits: Open topped glass enclosures within the rockwork of the Jungle. Sizes ranging from small to large. Also included are small terrariums and aquariums throughout. Inspirations include Dallas World Aquarium, Regenstein Small Mammal and Reptile House (Lincoln Park Zoo) Wetlands trail (Florida Aquarium)
    Featured animals: You guys get to decide! Probably many freshwater fish, tropical reptiles, tropical mammals, with a focus on the forests of Central and South America as well as India and the Congo
     
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    Here's my list in exhibit order:
    Naked Mole-Rat
    Fossa
    Greater Bushbaby, Springhaas
    Aardwolf
    Bushy-Tailed Jird
    Amazon Tree Boa
    Common Vampire Bat
    Potto
    Guichenot's Crested Gecko
    Ocelot
    Feathertail Glider
    Black-Footed Cat
    Amethystine Python
     
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    Again, list in exhibit order:
    Blind Cave Fish
    White-Faced Saki Monkey
    Archerfish
    Giant Otter
    Eyelash Viper
    Pygmy Marmoset
    Brown-Throated Sloth (personal bias)
    Red-Bellied Piranha
    Gaboon Viper
    Green Anaconda
     
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    Awesome, that is a very nice species list, and definitely along what I was going for. Many aardwolf and springhaas are very nice :)

    Also a nice species list, although I might add in some more fish, herps, and birds here and there, such as

    White crowned manakin
    Golden sided euphonia
    Black tailed trogon
    Toco toucan
    Scarlet Ibis
    Blue grey tanager
    Sunbittern
    Blue crowned motmot
    Scarlet macaw
    Blue and yellow macaw
    Red billed curassow
    Black ghost knifefish
    Silver dollar
    Red belly pacu
    Red fin prochilodus
    Banded leporinus
    Redtail catfish
    Shovelnose catfish
    Neon tetra
    Bucktooth tetra
    Cardinal tetra
    Bushmaster
    Caiman lizard
    Dwarf caiman
    Green crested Basilisk
    Axolotl
    Panamanian golden frog
    Surinam toad
    Blue poison frog
    tri-colored poison frog
    Aquatic cecilian
    Goliath bird eater tarantula
    Brazilian whiteknee tarantula
    Peruvian firestick
    Vinegaroon


    Most of the birds can be free-roaming above the other exhibits, and the fish can be in community tanks, while the assorted herps could be in small terrariums throughout the rockwork and around the exhibit.
     
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    3. Small predators
    Description: Built in the 1980s and with minor renovations since, this is a small predator house that features naturalistic habitats for mustelids and small felines
    Exhibits: Naturalistic glass habitats with water features and rockwork, along with climbing opportunities. There are also outdoor spaces accessible to all animals.
    Featured animals: You guys get to decide! Probably mustelids, mongoose, and small felines and canines. Space for about 8 species.
    Inspirations: (Lincoln park zoo) small mammal house, (Brookfield zoo) Fragile kingdom

    Purple: Discovery Plaza
    4. Racoons!
    Description: Built in the 1990s as a continuation to the small predator house, these outdoor exhibits and indoor viewing areas showcase racoons and their relatives, as well as other North American animals.
    Exhibits: Outdoor, forested exhibits with climbing opportunities and some indoor viewing areas.
    Featured animals: Common racoons, (unfortunately other racoon species are not around in the US) Coatimundis, Red pandas. There is room for about 10 other species, including a row of small bird aviaries.
    Inspirations: Many red panda exhibits, many north american exhibits.
     
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    Are there inspirations for the complexes?
     
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    It would be cool to do a mixed species exhibit with Potto, Aardvark, South African Springhare, and Greater Galago. This is similar to one in Kingdoms of the Night. I also think there should be Fossas and Common Vampire Bats, among others.
    Here's a few species I was thinking, though there can be more than this.
    Roseate Spoonbill
    Burrowing Owl
    Axolotl
    White-faced Saki
    Golden-headed Lion Tamarin
    Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth
    Dyeing Poison Dart Frog
    Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle
    Northern Caiman Lizard
    Mexican Beaded Lizard
    Green Aracari
    Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman
     
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    Sorry, I edited the post to include some inspirations. However, this complex is fairly unique and I had the idea from a mashup of other exhibits I have seen.
     
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    Asian Small-clawed Otters would fit in nicely. Maybe even Prevost's Squirrels could go in it.
     
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    I like those mixed species exhibit ideas, those would be very cool and I think Cincinnati has some like those.

    Also, those are some good additions to the Tropicarium. Although already listed some of them, I think I posted while you were still making your comment :)

    Otters would definitely fit in the small predators area, however, we might want to save the squirrels for number 8, which will be the Indonesia/south east asia house.
     
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    Here's the species list:
    Arctic Fox
    Wolverine
    North American River Otter
    Bobcat
    Bush Dog
    Meerkat
    Dwarf Mongoose
    Palla's Cat
     
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    Here's my species list (Note: first five are regular exhibits, next 5 are aviaries):
    Raccoon
    White-Nosed Coati
    American Badger
    Striped Skunk
    Red Panda
    Burrowing Owl
    Andean Cock of the Rock
    Red Billed Hornbill
    Mandarin Duck
    Kea
     
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    Nice, I like the assortment of small mammals. However, maybe the Andean Cock of the Rock should be replaced with a less tropical bird, if they are going to be outside? There is also a large bird house/aviary where they could go. Also, I agree we should have the burrowing owl outside, instead of in the tropicarium like was mentioned before.
     
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    Here is the full list:

    1. Night house
    2. Tropicarium
    3. Small predators house
    4. Raccoons
    5. Insectarium
    6. Jungle hoofstock
    7. Primate kingdom
    8. Indonesia house
    9. Africa: mini
    10. Bird dome
    11. Birds of prey
    12. Predator ridge
    13. Savanna
    14. Australia
    15. Northern lodge
    16. Aquarium

    I'll put individual descriptions later on
     
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    5. Insectarium
    Description: Built in the 2000s, the insectarium showcases many of the often overlooked creatures of the invertebrate world.
    Exhibits: Many indoor galleries showcasing different regions where insects live, with planted terrariums big and small. There is also a medium sized butterfly dome within the building.
    Featured animals: Insects, Arachnids, and other Invertebrates and Arthropods, 40-100 species (can we get to there?)
    Inspirations: Monsanto/Bayer insectarium (St. Louis zoo), World of the insect (Cincinnati zoo), Insect house (San Diego Zoo)
     
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    Sure, how about Snowy Owl?
     
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    Yellow: Wild Kingdoms
    6. Jungle Hoofstock
    Description: Built in the 1970s, this circle of hoofstock enclosures focuses on the hoofstock and ungulates of the forests and jungles of Asia and Africa
    Exhibits: Outdoor, forested exhibits with some indoor viewing
    Featured animals: Forest dwelling hoofstock from Africa and Asia, such as Okapis, Deer, and pigs. 10-20 species.
    Inspirations: Red rocks (St. Louis zoo) Wildlife canyon (Cincinnati zoo)