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Galapagos Zoo

a version for tourists
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Using concrete and reinforced engineering, the famous Galapagos Archipelago are cloned and built 1000 miles away. This version is seeded with lifeforms from the original Galapagos, so tourists can walk around and explore at will without feeling like they're destroying one of the Earth's ecological treasures.

Maybe it's just a smaller version of one of the islands from Galapagos, similar to the small version of New York City found in Las Vegas.

Profits from the "zoo" are used to finance conservation efforts for the actual Galapagos area, and to promote reduced traffic of the original archipelago.

napoleonbag, Jun 30 2008


       [+], but 1000 miles away from what?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 30 2008

       Why 1000 miles away? Seems arbitrary and unnecessary, especially since you're trying to recreate a habitat.   

       Also, if you're trying to retain the charm, locking up the critters is probably counterproductive. Why not just build a network of enclosed, transparent, elevated walkways around the island? No muss, no fuss.
phoenix, Jun 30 2008

       ...1000 miles away from the original Galapagos site. This was stated in anticipation of comments which might imply (correctly) that a facsimile park too close to the original might affect the natural development of species there (eg, finches flying back and forth between the real and fake islands).   

       and no, phoenix, the animals are not locked up. they are free to roam the island(s), just as they are on the original Galapagos.
napoleonbag, Jun 30 2008

       So the animals (and tourists) on the fake island are considered disposable?   

       It's a fair point about the birds, but what's the risk there?
phoenix, Jun 30 2008

       I ran something similar to this as an idea last year and called it Galápaghost Island.... may actually re-post it as it's still pertinent. +
xenzag, Jun 30 2008

       a zoo with land shaped like the continents the animals are from sounds pretty neat.
FlyingToaster, Jul 01 2008

       (+) and the Darwin award goes to...   


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