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Monorail or Gondola?

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Voting closed: February 04, 2021, 09:22 AM

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #150 on: December 20, 2020, 01:51 PM »
That's kind of a neat setup. No bored dingos here.

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« Reply #151 on: December 26, 2020, 05:49 AM »
So here this area one last time before the Australian pack was added.
Pink - Kangaroos
Red- aviaries
Yellow- staff areas
White- unknown animal- future expansion?
Green- dingos
Tan - fruit bats - future
Gold - koala
Blue - cassowary



and here is it after I added the pack scenery.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #152 on: December 29, 2020, 06:19 AM »
Now, let's look at this area with the Australia pack details added.
The entrance arch to this area. (I have this arch in the workshop if you may need it)



I changed the path coverings, and many of the plants.




Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #153 on: December 29, 2020, 06:30 AM »
I'm noticing the changes in animals between the first and second maps...  did you end up not going with kangaroos?

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« Reply #154 on: December 29, 2020, 08:01 AM »
I'm noticing the changes in animals between the first and second maps...  did you end up not going with kangaroos?
I did. the changes may have been that I had placeholder animals in the habitats before the Australian pack came out. Some of my photos/posts are a bit behind where I'm actually at in the live build. Roos ended up in the green area in the map above.

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« Reply #155 on: December 29, 2020, 08:07 AM »
I'm noticing the changes in animals between the first and second maps...  did you end up not going with kangaroos?
Also, I was not consistent in my color coding...that doesn't make it confusing...does it?

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #156 on: December 29, 2020, 02:17 PM »
I like the look of that entrance archway, its wings outstretched. And how the name "Australia" is subtly written in the corner in case someone doesn't recognize the shape of the country. I bet the Australia shape is made of eucalyptus wood. ;)  I also like the rust-colored paths; very Ayers Rock/Uluru in appearance.

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« Reply #157 on: December 30, 2020, 04:27 AM »
Also, I was not consistent in my color coding...that doesn't make it confusing...does it?

Ha, I was going to mention that...  if the goal was to make me study the photos for a lengthy amount of time, you succeeded!   

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« Reply #158 on: December 30, 2020, 12:02 PM »
Ha, I was going to mention that...  if the goal was to make me study the photos for a lengthy amount of time, you succeeded!   
Sorry - its called I did them at completely different times, months apart, and was too lazy to go back and try to make them match.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #159 on: January 03, 2021, 10:24 AM »
Kangaroo



Dingo viewing from the train



Dingo tunnel entrance



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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #160 on: January 03, 2021, 02:27 PM »
I wonder if the guests noticed that the kangaroos used to be llamas? ;)  The roo looks contented, lying in the deep grass in the shade of that tree. I like the abstract aboriginal signs. I can't figure out what the bottom, oval-shaped sign represents though. :-\

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« Reply #161 on: January 03, 2021, 05:49 PM »
I wonder if the guests noticed that the kangaroos used to be llamas? ;)  The roo looks contented, lying in the deep grass in the shade of that tree. I like the abstract aboriginal signs. I can't figure out what the bottom, oval-shaped sign represents though. :-\
llamas???? what are you talking about? ;) ;) ;)

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« Reply #162 on: January 08, 2021, 05:24 AM »
heading towards the koala habitat that is now all decked out with the finishing touches.



Walking past the exterior viewing areas and into the building.



One of the outdoor areas

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #163 on: January 08, 2021, 09:07 AM »
Love the adornment trim on the fencing - that's very clever!

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #164 on: January 08, 2021, 09:44 PM »
^ That's was going to be my comment as well. Really adds to the Outback feel. The koalas must be really shy critters; I can't find any of them.

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« Reply #165 on: January 12, 2021, 04:11 PM »
THX guys - glad you like it.


Headed into the inside lobby of the building.



I wanted a bright, more open-air interior in this building.




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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #166 on: January 12, 2021, 05:31 PM »
The aboriginal motif looks even better in these pics. :)  I like the abstract koala artwork on the wall.

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« Reply #167 on: January 17, 2021, 07:00 AM »
THX JB!

More Koalas.
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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #168 on: January 17, 2021, 01:53 PM »
The koalas are lucky to have such a varied habitat with plenty of things to climb on. I like the close-up of the critters in the last screenshot.

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« Reply #169 on: January 22, 2021, 07:08 AM »
THX JB.

Moving onto the next animal. I have removed the ostriches from this area and replaced with the cassowary birds. I originally planned this to be for emu, but that had to change.




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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #170 on: January 22, 2021, 10:17 PM »
Wow. That cassowary close-up has so much realistic detail. Beautiful.

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #171 on: January 24, 2021, 03:15 PM »
I really love this zoo, nice work!

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #172 on: January 26, 2021, 09:15 AM »
Couple of night shots. Here is looking out from the kangaroo habitat.



and by the koalas



dingos

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #173 on: January 26, 2021, 02:16 PM »
I like the ambience of these night images. They're bright enough so that you can see everything, and the colors are still deep and saturated. Looks like a warm evening; I think I can here crickets chirping in the background. Does PZ have fireflies?

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« Reply #174 on: January 26, 2021, 02:36 PM »
I like the ambience of these night images. They're bright enough so that you can see everything, and the colors are still deep and saturated. Looks like a warm evening; I think I can here crickets chirping in the background. Does PZ have fireflies?
good question. I'm not sure and will have to check now.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #175 on: January 26, 2021, 02:52 PM »
nope - they do not have this effect, but it would be really nice if they did.

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #176 on: January 28, 2021, 09:34 PM »
Such a beautiful zoo! I love the level of detail in each habitat, I am certain this zoo is rated 5 stars by the inspections that happen frequently.  :up:

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #177 on: January 30, 2021, 08:30 AM »
Great shots... I've found that this game is even harder than PlanCo for night lighting... I think they went for realism in terms of how far light travels, which means more lighting is needed.

My way around this is that I am closing to the public at sundown, which is actually what my local inspiration zoo does anyway.  :)

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #178 on: January 30, 2021, 09:08 AM »
True. Most zoos are not open at night, but this particular zoo (Brookfield) in the Chicago area (that I am patterning this zoo after) does have many night they are open. They have summer night programs and events as well as winter Christmas events as well. Because of this I'm going with trying to do some good night lighting. I agree. the lights are more dim, but some or really over-powering as well (like the spot lights). These create a bright light burn area in the game and I hate it.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #179 on: January 30, 2021, 09:17 AM »
So, some opinions needed.

I think I know which way I'm leaning, but would like some feedback.

Monorail or Gondola?

I built this originally with the gondola, but also now created a version with the monorail.
I'm at the point where I need to decided, one or the other before I move forward with this zoo.

Here's some points to ponder...

1. the master plan of the zoo that I'm using for inspiration had a chairlift/gondola like ride in the plan
2. both rides look awesome in the game as far as I'm concerned
3. I am a bit not satisfied with the huge 'eye-sore' type supports for the gondola
4. the monorail does have more flexibility as far as turns and elevation changes

Which do you think looks better? Here some comparison shots.


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