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AnimalID

Name

5325

Apatosaurus

LocationName:

North America

Origin:

Dino Digs expansion

PurchaseCost:

$5,000

RequiresResearch:

Yes

IsClimber:

No

IsJumper:

Yes

 

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Description:

The Apatosaurus ("deceptive lizard"), a.k.a. the Brontosaurus, is one of the largest land animals to ever walk the earth. Adult specimens can grow up to 90 feet long and weigh 38 tons. Its tiny two-foot head has nostrils on the top, although it is not an aquatic dinosaur. The small jaw contains blunt teeth and thick lips for stripping foliage, which would then be swallowed whole. This small head is attached to a forty-foot long neck. A fifty-foot tail balances the weight of this long neck. Apatosaurus can use its tail as an extra leg to pull food towards itself while grazing. Apatosaurus walks on all four legs, the back two being slightly longer. All four legs have thick padded feet to support the Apatosaurus's enormous weight.

Because of its small jaws and massive size, Apatosaurus has to spend most of its time eating. Its huge size limits its diet to ferns and conifers, cycads, club mosses, and the large stones it must swallow to digest all that food which it swallows whole. Most of these foods grow very close to the ground - the bones in the Apatosaurus's long neck don't allow them to raise their heads much higher than their backs. Instead, these animals tend to hold their heads close to the ground, swinging them in a left to right motions and stripping and swallowing plant life as they move. The physiology of the Apatosaurus also limits where it can live. Wet or swampy ground is dangerous for a 38-ton animal, which can sink easily in the right conditions. Thick forests don't allow enough range for its head-swinging method of food collection, so normal feeding ground for an Apatosaurus is dry ground covered in low growing foliage.

Large predators like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Allosaurus will prey upon the Apatosaurus, despite the fact that the Apatosaurus is larger still. Since it is too heavy to run away, the Apatosaurus must attempt to fight off predators when attacked. The Apatosaurus can use its long flexible tail to trip or knock over predators, and its great height helps to keep its vulnerable head and neck out of the reach. To protect the young and the weak of the herd (the favorite victims of the large predators), the larger male animals will form a wall between the herd and the predator. This defense only works for large herds of Apatosaurus, however, and the huge bulk of food that each of these animals must ingest every day limits herd size. Despite their best efforts, these gentle giants frequently wind up as the main course of a predator's feast.

Attractiveness Adult:

Attractiveness Young:

Initial Happiness:

Habitat Preference:

95

120

50

85

Captivity:

Crowd:

CrowdHappiness Change:

ClimbsCliffs:

7

20

-5

Yes

 

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To build a good animal exhibit you need to ask a few questions: (click them for the answers)

Which fence is suitable for this animal in terms of strength, if it can be climbed or jumped over?

How big should the exhibit be and what Terrain should be used?

What foliage should be used?

What rocks should be used?

What shelter does the animal need?

What toy does the animal like?

How deep should the exhibit be if using the "Pit Method"?

2 levels

 

FenceName

Purchase Cost

Height

Strength

Life

Cost Effective

Reinforced Concrete Fence

$225

3

460

16

7.1

Reinforced Concrete and Glass Fence

$225

3

420

15

6.7

Concrete and Iron Bar Fence

$240

3

440

15

6.3

Electrified Chain-link Fence

$300

3

480

18

6.0

Electrified Iron Bar Fence

$350

3

400

18

5.1

 

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Animal Density

Min

Number of Animals/Exhibit

Max

250

1

 

3

Terrain Name

Value

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Deciduous floor

75

188

375

563

750

938

1125

1313

1500

1688

1875

Fresh water

10

25

50

75

100

125

150

175

200

225

250

Dirt

10

25

50

75

100

125

150

175

200

225

250

Grass

5

13

25

38

50

63

75

88

100

113

125

Rocks

2

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

160

180

200

Foliage

8

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

160

180

200

Elevation

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Exhibit Size

100

250

500

750

1000

1250

1500

1750

2000

2250

2500

 

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ID

Value

TreeName

Foliage Effect

Cost/ Square

Cost Effective

7086

12

Gingko Tree

36

$500

7.2

7091

 12

Magnolia Tree 

 36

 $740

4.9

7087

15

Glossopteris Tree

12

$185

6.5

 

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ID

Value

RockName

Size X

Size Y

Rock

Rock Effect

Purchase Cost

Cost Effective

9206

3

Small Rock

1

1

Yes

12

$55

21.8

9205

3

Medium Rock 

1

1

Yes

12

$75

16.0

9200

5

Large Rock

2

2

Yes

5

$150

3.3

 

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Shelter ID

Shelter Name

Shelter Value

Shelter Effect

Purchase Cost

Capacity

Requires Research

 

none

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ToyID

ToyName

ToyValue

PurchaseCost

 

none

 

 

 

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ReproductionChance:

Low

SickChance:

15

ReproductionInterval(months):

7

SickChange:

-10

HappyReproduceThreshold:

98

DeathChance:

30

Offspring:

1

TimeDeath(months):

24

BabyToAdult(months):

5

 

LaysEggs

Yes

TimeToHatch(days)

10

 

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Compatible Animals

Prey Animals

none  

KeeperFoodType:

Large grass and leaves

 

Zookeeper

Maintenance worker

Tour Guide

Man

Scientist

 

General Information

Building an Exhibit

The Life Cycle

Who do they like to live with and eat?