- Aug 14, 2014
- Parts Unknown
Zoo/Wildlife RefugeZoo's are fun, family friendly and filled with docile animals……except when everything goes FUBAR and all the animals get loose. I always liked zoo's featured in zombie/horror games, there is always a dangerous element. You never know when you might encounter a exotic undead predator or perhaps worse an alive fully mobile one. So I think a Zoo would make a good addition to the island(future archipelago). If perhaps a zoo is too big maybe a wildlife park/refuge could be added, like zoo's they can have a wide variety of animals depending on the particular park/refuge. Considering the size of the island I think either would be viable, although I don't know how big our island is going to be from what I have heard on the forum it should be modest. Looking up some real life examples Honolulu has it's own zoo, as well as multiple marine biology research centers and a primate sanctuary on the different islands.
Either type of building weather they have a general variety of animals or a theme would add a lot to the game. Starting with items there are a multitude of medical supplies that you should be able to find since I believe they preform a lot of their own veterinary procedure's. They also might have lot's of source material considering taking care of animals medical and neutritional need's, which would help a lot if they added tameable animals. I believe people have also suggested non lethal ammo so they would be a means of obtaining tranquilizer dart's as well as tranq rifles. They should also have those animal control poles that could be used to heard zombies(or animals) for those player made zombie(predator) trap ideas. If it's a Zoo I am sure they would have plenty of food for tourists and in both buildings/area's there would also be a lot of stored fruit and meat for the animals(Although both could have spoiled). Maintenance is also required so both buildings could be a source of tools as well since zookeepers do most of the maintenance themselves.If it's a marine park there would be a high chance of finding scuba gear and wet suits as well as other similar objects. Like how the Hawaian islands have multiple facilities they could probably add a Zoo, a Refuge and a Marine Biology Center to diffrent islands, or they could have all the facilities on one island they could add.
Next on animals there is so much they could do pushing aside the subject of undead animals for now just having potential exotic animals loose would be rather interesting. If they added a zoo there are some animals you wouldn't really want to run into and would potentially have a chance of surviving after an outbreak/apocalypse. Imagine entering a more industrial area on the island near a city and seeing live lions, hyena's or tigers walking around fighting each other over survivors or a kill one animal managed to make. Having just a sanctuary on the island could limit the variety of animals available but could be a larger source of one animal. They could have a wildlife refuge built solely for Chimpanzees or Lions, even unaffected a bunch or even one rather angry chimp could be really dangerous especially to a lone survivor. They could either add the Zoo or Sanctuary to the main island, or they could be added as a new island devoted to a Zoo/wildlife park like I said above. You would land your boat on the island or take a bridge and the moment you step foot in the area you would have to be on constant gaurd for player's, zombies and the predatory former residents of the park and their undead cousian's. Imagine stalking a player once entering the island, weather it is for sinister or jusr observational purposes is up to debate. You're a few meters away and your about to make your move weather it is hostile or friendly and that very second a live tiger takes the player down from behind leaving you bewildered.
I don't know how much zombie animals have been discussed or weather or not animals can be infected with the zombie virus in the game but if that were possible with the the addition of a zoo/refuge things could get really dangerous in forests and metropolitan areas around it. You fight zombies and you have prepared yourself with clothing upgraded with chainmail then you find your self up against a zombie hyena or chimp, something that could easily rip straight through your homemade armor. Also imagine finally venturing towards the industrial part of the island with your RV and you see a road sign for a Zoo/Sanctuary and you think oh that would have been nice to visit pre-apoc. You then park and lock your RV and enter the city for some looting………….2 mins later your sprinting back not a zombie in sight but nearly half a ton of undead cat on your heel. Don't get me started on zombie chimps that's a barrel of Monkeys……sorry Apes that would be terrifying. Imagine not realizing you took over a house a little too close to that old chimp sanctuary and the next morning it's like Alfred Hitchcock's The Bird's but with undead chimp's.(There is also the possibility of finding the one living chimp and taming it……..then pet chimp enough said.)
Well what do you guys think, I want to hear any and all opinions.
Edit: Thought I would add some more pic's of zoo's some abandoned some more recent.
http://www.nyzoosandaquariumevents....ospect park zoo 2.jpg?1=1&20120824T1151311177
http://www.nyzoosandaquariumevents....chiff family great hall/bz sea lion sized.jpg
https://hotravels92.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/fdgader.jpg (Would make a good transport if moded)