The standards of care really is my biggest reservation about China. Chinese zoos see a lot more of the entertainment side and I don’t love that when zoos should really be about conservation and education with a little bit of entertainment thrown in, not vice-versa. However, Pandas are a big plus of a Chinese location as they’re $2million per panda per year, including offspring born at your zoo, which is highway robbery for a mediocre animal that sucks at being a bear (they can’t digest the only thing they eat. They’re built to be omnivores). But also, China is the only place in the world housing Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys, a species literally nobody knows about but are amazing.Shanghai is perhaps the most realistic size wise. Chinese guests really love animal exhibits as well, more than Americans, particularly marine animals. Look at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Guangzhou. Under a decade old and already the world’s 10th most visited theme park, almost entirely in the strength of their animals. Though be aware that China’s animal care standards might be below your standards.
San Diego won’t have **** on Disney’s Wild Kingdom.Alternately, California has the best climate and needs another park! As a Dodgers fan, I propose you demolish Angels Stadium a few miles east of Disneyland in Anaheim, because the space there is plentiful. Just be aware of you zoo competition in San Diego !
Totally don’t think you’re trolling! I won’t be doing Wakanda if not for the sole reason that this park will have a very heavy live animal focus, essentially being a full zoo with some themepark elements. I just don’t feel Wakanda fits the theme of animals and they way they interact with the world.I think this is cool. I would suggest Wakanda, but the last time I did I was accused of trolling when I wasn’t.
Probably not as I'm trying to make this far more of a zoological park, where the only meet and greets will be heavily involved in nature or animals where T'Challa and Wakanda focus a lot more on futuristic technology.Well while Wakanda won’t be there would Africa have a meet & greet for T’Challa aka the Black Panther as a piece of Wakanda?
I can’t run Planet Zoo on my computer and also it doesn’t have nearly the selection of pieces or animals as zoo tycoon 2 (through years of modding that the community has done, my game has roughly 2,000 different species to choose from). Planet Zoo just has charismatic megafauna like elephants, bears, etc, and while that’ll all be present in my facility, it doesn’t have the selection of small birds, reptiles, and invertebrates that I want to play around with!Why not use planet coaster’s zoo?
Wow! I love that you've built all this in Zoo Tycoon so that we can follow along with what you're describing. If I had one suggestion, maybe add reference photos to the animals, just because I found myself looking up what a babirusa was lol. Overall though this is a great start! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest.Ranger's Outpost
The entrance to Disney's Wild Kingdom is rustic, with wooden entryways and buildings. Located in the entry plaza is a large planter featuring six different types of plants all grown together. At the center stands an Acacia tree from Africa, with a Sacred Lotus from Asia resting in a pond below. A rainbow eucalyptus from Australia grows next to the acacia with South American Orchids growing below. A Norway Spruce from Europe is the final tree, surrounded by Wintergreen found in North America. All six of these species represent the six continents featured in Disney's Wild Kingdom.
Dead ahead is the entrance, a structure known as Conservation Landing, which features the park's ticket booths, guest services, as well as an adjacent bathroom, and ATMs. Also featured in the plaza is a building offering locker rentals known as Ranger Storage Ltd. Lockers range in different sizes and prices, with $10/day for small lockers, $12/day for large, and $15/day for jumbo lockers. Strollers can also be rented next to Ranger Storage Ltd, with varying prices. Strollers will be $15/day for a single and $30/day for a double, whereas a wheelchair will be $12/day, and ECVs will be $50/day.
Once past the locker and stroller rentals, guests can head to the right side of the plaza, down a heavily foliated pathway, where even before they enter the park they can experience their first animal. The first exhibit features a breeding pair of North-Sulawesi babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis). These two animals come from different accredited facilities, male Besar (meaning large) comes from San Diego Zoo while female Ratu (meaning queen) comes from Louisville Zoo. The two live in a densely-vegetated exhibit that is roughly 1/2 an acre. Because of the size and foliage, the animals are not always visible, but when given the chance to view the animals, guests will have an experience they'll never forget.
Nearby the babirusa exhibit is the first shop in the park, known as Mercahant's Wares. This shop sells a large collection of animal plushes, as well as books, apparel, and pins, as well as generic Disney souvenirs found across the many parks across the world. While not the most highly-themed shop, it is the one that will be most appealing to those looking for their every-day Mickey doll or Disney tee.
Guests then exit the gift shop and come to a set of turnstiles. These turnstiles are there to prevent guests from entering the park through the gift shop without paying. With that, you enter a small courtyard featuring two more exhibits. The first is a massive forest complex making up close to 3/4 of an acre, hosting a decently-sized pond where waterfowl including Fulvous whistling-duck (Dendrocygna bicolor), black-bellied whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), marbled duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris), and Argentine ruddy duck (Oxyura vittata). In order to control breeding, all of the waterfowl on exhibit are males, depicting the bright colors of male ducks, while not dealing with constant egg collecting.
However, also in the exhibit are the main attraction, a breeding pair of saddle-billed storks (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), male Bud and female Betty. The two live in the densely-forested exhibit, rarely appearing for guests who just rush by, but for the guests who decide to stick around and watch the exhibits, the two show off their striking colors, and every so often will even take a shot at catching fish that the keepers stock in their pond.
Directly across the way from the saddle-billed stork is a rocky outcrop exhibit that plays host to a single Cayman blue iguana, an endangered lizard species from the Cayman Islands. This lone male, named Tucker, is a former breeder at the Brevard Zoo in Florida who has been retired as he is too closely related to all of the new breeding stock, meaning that Tucker got around! He now lives comfortably in his retirement home at Disney's Wild Kingdom.
These few exhibits are technically still a part of Ranger's Outpost, the entry-land of the park, as their exhibits lead into the Gardens of Life, a winding walking trail featuring even more animal exhibits. Stay tuned for that!
Before we end the tour of Ranger's Outpost, however, you can get a look at the Babirusa barn, an indoor enclosure including a holding yard where the animals can go in the colder days and when rearing young. This is a structure not ever seen by the public, but is still an essential part of the facility.
I sincerely hope you guys enjoyed the first update. Unfortunately, my save file got corrupted, so I was not able to build all of the gardens proper, so I broke it down into two sub-sections. I will be delving into the gardens coming up, and hopefully will record the exhibits in better quality and detail. Luckily, I texted these short videos to my friends as we all share a love of Zoos and Zoo Tycoon 2, and I was quite proud of the foliage. Filmed on my phone and all, but at least I salvaged something. Next time it'll be a lot clearer (knock on wood.)
Anyway, thanks for reading and I'll see you in the next one!
Added! Sometimes I forget these animals are obscureWow! I love that you've built all this in Zoo Tycoon so that we can follow along with what you're describing. If I had one suggestion, maybe add reference photos to the animals, just because I found myself looking up what a babirusa was lol. Overall though this is a great start! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest.
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