Wild Kingdom: Musical chair habitats

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Re: Wild Kingdom: Um, birds and butterflies.
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2021, 04:40 AM »
My God, this is gorgeous. You've packed so much detail and great ideas into this. And as for you describing yourself as a sloppy builder, How very dare you, sir!

Re: Wild Kingdom: Um, birds and butterflies.
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2021, 07:17 AM »
great progress and this zoo looks awesome

Re: Wild Kingdom: Um, birds and butterflies.
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2021, 04:55 PM »
Very nice photos this week, JP. The atmospheric/morning fog effect really adds realism to the scenes. I'm not familiar with those pinkish fan-like flowers along the sides of the path leading to the aviary (also inside the butterfly park). They look like something you'd see in Avatar. I assume they're a real-world species. In the butterfly park, are those tall spikey yellow things corpse plants? Clever use of dandelion fluff and petals for the butterflies.

The pink flowers are King Protea, the Avatar phallus-shaped thingy is "Titan Arum."   I should probably use that one a little more sparingly, it tends to stand out a bit :P   For the spikey yellow thing, is it the one that has red on the underside of the leaves?  That one is a Lobster Claw.   There's also a tall plant with yellow at the tips of the leaves called a Water Banana.  All of this sadly, becomes a moot point as management has directed me to tear out the butterfly park and rebuild it with an attached insect house, which will eat up the surrounding park land and require a new layout for the butterflies too.   I am putting that on the back burner for now, there is too much other stuff to do.

Are the waterfall pieces different in PZ?  I was noticing the stair-step fountains in the butterfly exhibit - do they also have a flat water piece or is that just clever JP witchery???  Or maybe it's a water trough?  Not sure you can do that sort of stepped water in PC...or at least I can't.

Good eye.  This game shipped with the standard waterfall effects of Planco, with top, mid, base sections (minus the big ugly bar that we always had to hide.)  BUT the last update brought out these new waterfall scenery pieces, 3 different sizes where the waterfall cascades over a surface of water.   They are extremely useful in a number of ways, but once again you're back to hiding the surrounding edges, unless that's the look you're going for.  You'll see these new waterfalls used throughout the bear exhibit in this post.

My God, this is gorgeous. You've packed so much detail and great ideas into this. And as for you describing yourself as a sloppy builder, How very dare you, sir!

LMAO.  The best news of last week is that YOU are building a zoo too, so now I can steal all kinds of things and probably not even give you credit.  It's going to be wonderful.  For me.   :P

great progress and this zoo looks awesome

Thank you sir, the dedication and time you've put into your zoo has definitely been an inspiration.  I do seem to be hooked at the moment.  ;)

Thank you all, the feedback means much to me as always!  :)

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Popular demand (and a long waiting list of bears anxiously awaiting their new luxury accommodations) has increased the priority on Wild Kingdom's super expensive new bear habitat, Bear Mountain.  (Is that a Disney movie or attraction or something?  I really feel like I'm stealing that, popped into my head way too easily.) 

The irony is that bear mountain is really not a mountain at all, by the time you get to the upper viewing area you will have only climbed the equivalent of one flight of stairs.  When I asked management for a theme on this one they seemed eager to shuffle me off and just said "Swiss Family Flying Saucer.   GO."

I feel like I met their criteria.  Also, I re-staged this first shot a bit from the teaser I posted, mostly some pond detail and moved some trees around to give better visibility of the Viewing Building.





Bear Mountain features 3 unique habitats.  The Viewing Building has a perimeter exterior path around the upper level allowing guests an overhead/panaromic view of each habitat.  The core of the building enables you to go down to ground level and view the interior of each cave.  It also features public restrooms, a zookeeper room and a semi-interior picnic area (rain can still get in here, somewhat.)





There's one of our newest residents in his cave right now.  The glass is one-way only to give the bears an illusion of privacy, although I certainly hope they don't do anything em-bear-assing.

Habitat 1 is for our Himalayan Brown Bears.  In addition to their cave, they have an in-ground private pool with an elaborate waterfall system.  Not too much else though, the Himalayan's did not come with a high list of demands (unlike others.)





Habitat 2 is for the Formosan Black Bears.  These bears like to climb, so I provided them with a super elaborate jungle gym which they do not seem very interested in using.  I need to figure that out because the top platform is right next to a peekaboo break in the fence for the park train that will pass by.





And finally habitat 3 is where all the action is, currently occupied by a couple of Grizzly Bears.  Both of them are male so it is unlikely you will see any cubs in this habitat.  We did ask them if they'd like to adopt a cub or two, but the Grizzlies said they were not interested in any of that but may be persuaded to take on a small dog in the future.   The Grizzlies had a high list of demands, including a heated spring at the base of their waterfall and never-ending refills on their double size buffet table.  The servings aren't always this healthy, it appears the zookeepers just set out a post-brunch fruit spread to tide the Grizzlies over until lunch.  Also, while our other 2 bear species will sometimes wear their finest on a morning stroll or afternoon hike, the Grizzlies do not own any clothing whatsoever and insist on performing ALL activities au naturel.   CHECK, CHECK, and CHECK.





Habitat 3 also has a very brief peekaboo window for the train tour, but this one is more of a "blink and you'll miss it" and there really isn't much up there to even entice the bears to go near it.  It's kind of unfortunate I had to route the train behind this exhibit but there really wasn't any other clean way of doing it on the front side.  It's turning into a long and sometimes uneventful tour.

Here's an overhead of the whole area; the 3 habitats only take up about 180 degrees of the panorama, the rest is all just the surrounding "forest" and approach from the path below.  I do kind of like that this one has an elaborate queue/path type thing to give it some granduer, something none of the other attractions in this zoo seem to have at the moment.  I'm pretty happy with how this all turned out, I think I like it even better than the elephants.





This zoo closes at sundown so there probably won't be very many night shots of this place, but I made an exception here as somebody wanted to bask in the spotlight...    CHECK.



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Re: Wild Kingdom: The Bear Necessities.
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2021, 10:16 PM »
"Swiss Family Flying Saucer". Haha, that does describe it pretty well. (The Robinson's must have built the saucer in the sequel.) I really like the looks of it, both, inside and out.

Those are a pair of strange-looking bears in that first image. They appear to be of the Ursus Woodicus variety.

Hmm, I don't see Wagi in any of these images (other than the metal sculpture). He must be off in a corner somewhere doing something em-bear-assing.

The "tall spikey yellow things" I was referring to are indeed the phallus-shaped Titan Arum. Otherwise known as a corpse plant, because of their rotting flesh odor. I was too polite to use the word 'phallus' (phallus, phallus, phallus, phallus.) :P

Bear Mountain looks great, JP. :up:  Oh. What are those enrichment items? The one that looks like a set of wooden chimes and the one that looks like a wooden roller? I'm thinking that the roller is so the bears can scratch their backs.

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Re: Wild Kingdom: The Bear Necessities.
« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2021, 02:28 AM »
"Enrichment" covers a lot of different possibilities...  As long as it's not selling Amway or time-shares.  I'd suggest a large projection TV set up with a PS5, a XBox, a nice gaming rig, high speed internet connections and a fully stocked frig to truly enrich their lives...I know it would enrich mine...

That's NOT "a post-brunch fruit spread" - that's the makings for a typical Brazilian Carmen Miranda-style chapeau...you of all people should have noticed that!  It's not easy balancing 15 pounds of seasonal fruits on one's head you know, it takes REAL talent.  Especially if the mangoes start to go bad...but my fans expect a good show so we do what we can with what we're given.  You can keep the phallus-shaped Titan Arum away, who needs the competition?

Overall the exhibit, while certainly 'rustic' does at least rise above the Motel 6 level of accommodations, so that's good to see.  I'm a bit concerned about the one-way windows...there's value in retaining the mystery of the age-old question asking about what bears do in the woods.  Although I will admit that quality two-ply tissue and the daily newspaper should be within reach.

Can that "very brief peekaboo window" be tied in with a Pornhub account?  Just curious...always looking for ways to increase the fan base you know..."there really wasn't any other clean way of doing it on the front side", but paying customers don't worry about that...

Oh, and that spotlight needs to be tilted back about 15 degrees to catch my good side...

Another gorgeous update with the usual JP level of awesomeness.  Kudos!





Re: Wild Kingdom: The Bear Necessities.
« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2021, 03:04 AM »
JB:  Yeah, the Grizzlies were kind of camera shy in these shots, probably because of the nudity.  But I do believe that may be Wagi in the cave photo, deciding which pile of leaves is going to be his napping spot.  (In my park it's pronounced Wah-gee because that is still and will always be how I read that name :P  )

Ah, that fixes my confusion on the tall yellow plant thing... I thought you were asking about 3 separate plants. 

The big wooden roller has food in it, which I guess makes them "earn their supper."  My friend has a pit bull with a little ball that does the same thing, it's cute watching him roll it all over my floor (not as cute when I keep finding dog kibble on my floor weeks later.)   The enrichment items seem to get re-used in a lot of habitats, it seems I've had to put wind chimes in my last dozen or so enclosures.  For back scratching, there's a red and blue thing in the background of the same photo that I think they use (I won't call it phallus shaped, even though it kind of is.) 

Wagi:  Oh dear, the Grizzlies are making more demands requests.  I will route those to the concierge.  When we get one.

Alas, I decided to kill off my hat-making alter-ego in the 1960's, when he built himself a beautiful Brady Bunch / mid century porn house in the Bahamas.  (I was using Planet Zoo to build houses ala The Sims again...  There was a hot tub in the living room which made me assume they were shooting porn there.)   I'll have to go grab those photos and post them here (of the house, not the porn...)  Suffice to say that Professor Marvel died of natural causes after a long and prosperous life, surrounded by alcohol, cigarettes, and a hot tub full of naked people.  He died happy.

AND dammit, dammit... I was TOTALLY going to put an outhouse in your enclosure so I could use the joke about you not having to shit in the woods.  Not sure which of us should be more terrified that we are thinking alike.

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Thanks guys, I'm sure we will revisit these bears again as I seem to be going back and editing things almost as much as I am making new things.  Can't seem to turn my brain off with this one... I guess that's a good thing :P

Re: Wild Kingdom: The Bear Necessities.
« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2021, 12:42 PM »
This week I added a Bison/Pronghorn Antelope enclosure next to Bear Mountain, and continued the mountain/rustic theme.





The lodge enclosure was meant for the Bison, but I had a dumb idea to extend one of the Bear Mountain paths over the top of it and add a viewing balcony.  The path was too low for the buffalo to go inside.  The antelope can still use it, but I had to build a separate cave for the bison to sleep in.





In addition to viewing this exhibit, the back window also offers a nice view of the Himalayan Bear habitat.  No room for bathrooms in this building but there are plenty of them near by.

With all the logs left over from that project, I decided to build a fort.   The fort turned into an overpass and raised viewing for the exhibits across the path.





Originally, I put the Nyala in here (because they seemed antelope-esque?  They are not.)   They are also not from North America, or this biome.  I found another spot for them and I will re-theme this habitat for the reindeer.  This opens up the original reindeer habitat in the Polar Plex, which was formerly the Artic Wolf habitat.  Now I'm thinking maybe the Snow Leopard, since they won't be very happy in my under-construction cat complex.  I guess it will depend on how much space they need, but I'm sure the reindeer will love being outdoors in this larger space.

This next shot is standing in front of the bison habitat looking back in the direction of the first photo in this series... that is the zookeeper entrance at the back of the flamingo enclsoure, with the top of the aviary visible beyond it.   I think the point of this shot is to show that it has become very easy to get lost and lose your sense of direction in this place (that was intentional.)  But, all you have to do when you're ready to leave is look for the desert dome and walk toward it, which is visible from everywere in the zoo. 





An overhead for proximity.  At the top you can see the beginnings of the cat complex, and also that the train is finally making a complete circle and peeps are lining up to ride it.   An insect house and wolf enclosure was added not far from the stuff I showed today.  It now looks as though an Australian section will make it into the park, likely filling up that land in between the cats and the bears.

I'm starting to see the finish line for the initial build, even though there's still so much I want to go back and improve on.  The Panda Garden is one of the things that still needs some work, but I did think this teaser makes for a nice scenic shot to close on...








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Re: Wild Kingdom: Musical chair habitats
« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2021, 04:20 PM »
I love the way the rustic area looks. Was it intentional to make it look like everything is made of Lincoln Logs? (The colors and shapes are spot on.) I like that poster on the wall in the viewing area. I don't know what it says or even what language it is but it's a nice addition to the décor. Super nice lighting in that last image. Gonna be some lucky pandas in that exhibit.