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Brookfield Zoo

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #240 on: June 24, 2021, 05:30 AM »
Some night shots around the North Plaza








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« Reply #241 on: June 28, 2021, 02:47 PM »
A few more night shots.
The Discovery Center



A peaceful walk past the picnic area



Lemurs

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« Reply #242 on: July 02, 2021, 02:02 PM »
Some more various night shots from around the plaza











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« Reply #243 on: July 08, 2021, 08:26 PM »
A shot from inside the station






The station from above

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« Reply #244 on: July 13, 2021, 12:25 PM »
A bit of a rain storm over the plaza area.










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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #245 on: July 13, 2021, 12:56 PM »
Wonderful atmospheric shots today. A whole different mood. Do the PZ peeps have access to umbrellas?

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« Reply #246 on: July 13, 2021, 01:07 PM »
I believe they do, but I really have to check to be sure.

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« Reply #247 on: July 18, 2021, 10:02 AM »
On the master plan it has an ice rink in the winter, so here is the plaza with that ice rink and a wonderful coat of snow. BTW - once again this rink was used from the workshop and modified as I needed it.




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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #248 on: July 18, 2021, 01:54 PM »
Ooh, Christmas in July. I like it. :)

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« Reply #250 on: July 28, 2021, 12:11 PM »
A few more snowy scenes from the north plaza











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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #251 on: July 28, 2021, 03:21 PM »
The 2nd image looks especially nice.

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« Reply #252 on: August 03, 2021, 11:13 AM »
THX - that is the pond behind the Discovery Center, looking from the picnic area.

Here is a map of the North Plaza area and Australia.


Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #253 on: August 07, 2021, 06:03 AM »
Here is video recap of the North Plaza area
« Last Edit: August 07, 2021, 06:10 PM by wowmanrct »

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #254 on: August 07, 2021, 03:17 PM »
What a pleasant and relaxing tour of this part of the zoo. (And it gave you an opportunity to use some more video effects. ;))

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #255 on: August 11, 2021, 02:41 PM »
THX

So, the area we are going to build is called The Fragile Kingdom. This is the old lion house that was converted to indoor exhibits and habitats. Currently in the zoo its split into two halves. The first is the Fragile Desert, which you enter a loop from one end of the building. The other is the Clouded Leopard Rain Forest, which is another loop that is entered from the opposite side of the building.

In the updated master plan, that I'm trying to use as a map for this build, has the two sides combined, entering from the desert side of the building...so this is how my build will be structured.

If you are interested, here is a video link (not from me), that shows what the current version of this building looks like.


This first shot shows the overall layout of the exhibits and habitats inside the building.
-The gray slashes are keeper backstage areas of the building.
-The teal circled boxes are the various exhibits of insects, and reptiles.
-White is a faux naked mole rat exhibit
-Dark Pink: meerkats
-Purple: faux cape porcupine
- Light green: faux rock hyrax
-Dark Green: Faux caracal
-Yellow: faux bush baby
-Pink: Bat-eared fox/fennec fox
-Red: Clouded leopard
-Brown: Fishing Cat
-Blue: Bearcat



here are some of the walkway walls and ceilings going into place.



and a sneak peek at what the finished build will look like

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #256 on: August 11, 2021, 05:43 PM »
Kinda amazing how it goes from literally, a sandbox, to that sophisticated and beautiful display we see in the last image.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #257 on: August 14, 2021, 02:25 PM »
Have you experimented with any of the mods yet?   I've been working on a zoo that is not a re-creation but heavily influenced by brookfield, and the mods have been very useful.   It only breaks your game when they release a new DLC update, so you either have to pull the mods out before then or just wait until the modders update their files   :)

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #258 on: August 14, 2021, 08:16 PM »
i looked into it and really want to try them, but I post to the official forums as well as here and they don't allow them. I also have a slight fear that my zoo will break and that would not make me happy. I'm trying to get by as much as I can with in game stuff first. I will eventually give in, but right now I'm trying to avoid them.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #259 on: August 15, 2021, 12:02 PM »
looking at the build from the far end of the building (clouded leopard area). not much at all has happened yet with all the rest of the habitats.



Things are starting to take shape as I build across the exhibits and walkways.



So, I used a bit of forced perspective and lighting to help sell the illusion of wide-distant exhibits for many of the animals. I will point these out where I can as we see each  completed exhibit later on. I used layered rocks and walls to help sell this. in some cases I even ended up using the building structure wall as the far wall and either had a mural or painted it with light. Here you can see an interior exhibit. I added some rocks up high on top of the ceiling of the animal backstage area. Also are a number of up lights that will make the walls light as though there is a late sunset going on as the foxes are viewed.

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #260 on: August 15, 2021, 02:12 PM »
I like the idea of using forced perspective to make the enclosures look bigger. I'm having trouble envisioning it at this early stage of the build, but I'm sure you will show us the final result from the proper angle when the time comes. Looking forward to seeing the simulated sunset.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #261 on: August 20, 2021, 10:37 AM »
I will call this out when we look at each habitat closer.

Here is the building entrance/exit. Basically the original reworked doorway from the original lion house.



The whole building all closed in. The lower part of the building is the back stage area for the three larger outdoor cat habitats on that side of the building.

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« Reply #262 on: August 25, 2021, 09:13 AM »
When entering the building, there is a staff area to the left, which is how keepers get to the backstage areas around the back of all the habitats and exhibits in this building.



And to the right some rest rooms.



the main hallway starts with the Fragile Desert exhibits where animals of the desert are found.



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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #263 on: August 25, 2021, 03:39 PM »
This is looking really nice. Somehow, the roof and light fixtures add to the overall appearance; don't know why though. Maybe the juxtaposition of the 'natural' rock formations with the man-made ceiling?

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #264 on: August 30, 2021, 09:08 AM »
A few steps further in your get to choose to take the path to the left, which is the Fragile Desert habitats, or to the right, which are the Fragile Rainforest habitats.

Each has animals that fit those biomes. They do connect back up at the far end of the building at the clouded leopard habitat, and there is a crossover about half way through the building as well.



to the left is the faux naked mole rat exhibit.



And beyond that you can see the meerkat habitat further down the path. We will take a look at that next.


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« Reply #265 on: August 30, 2021, 03:47 PM »
Sooo, is it the exhibit that's the "faux" part? Or the mole rat itself that's "faux"? Or the mole rat's nakedness that's "faux"? Inquiring minds want to know! :P (No need to answer, just being silly.) This is the sort of building I would like to spend awhile in; take my time, read the info plaques.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #266 on: September 05, 2021, 06:26 AM »
YES to all.

So, here is a bit better look at how I tried to use layered scenery, and/or forced perspective to try and make the habitats look larger than they really might be.

Here you can see the main habitat up front...then a layer of stone (which actually hides the keeper hallway to traverse around the building)...and then a mural on the far wall, which is actually the building exterior wall. Also, change up the lighting for each layer and it should hopefully have more of a feel of a deeper more natural view.






Here is a side view showing the layers better and the backstage area

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Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #267 on: September 05, 2021, 01:13 PM »
I guess the meerkats are all in their burrows... watching their big-screen TVs. ;)  A minor quibble with the background mural- maybe try to camouflage the left and right edges with more rocks or plants so they don't look so much like an unnatural straight-edge? Probably not worth the effort though.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #268 on: September 05, 2021, 08:11 PM »
actually, these initial pics were captured before the last DLC was released...so at the time this was going to be a faux empty habitat.

Re: Brookfield Zoo
« Reply #269 on: September 09, 2021, 10:10 AM »
Across from the meerkat is a small habitat for what would be the Cape Porcupine. This is not in the game, so I threw a few of a different ground dweller animal in there to at least give the guests something to look at. This habitat is viewable from both the desert and the forest side pathways.



BTW - this whole building is designed to be mostly a nocturnal environment, so many of the animals you will see here are simulating a night time activity and viewing.