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AnimalID

Name

5046

Triceratops

LocationName:

North America

Origin:

Dino Digs add-on or Original ZT Easter Egg but without laying Eggs (rename an exhibit Cretaceous Corral)

PurchaseCost:

$4,000

RequiresResearch:

No

IsClimber:

No

IsJumper:

Yes

 

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Description:

The full name for this dinosaur, Triceratops horridus, is Greek for "horrible three-horned face." Although "horrible" may be overstating the case, this creature's face is quite formidable in appearance, with one short horn over a turtle-like beak and two longer horns directly over its eyes, all set against the backdrop of an enormous bony neck frill. Triceratops has the largest skull of any land mammal; its massive head is nearly one-third as long as its body. A Triceratops has an average weight of over five tons, and can reach thirty feet in length.

Despite their fierce appearance, Triceratops are herbivores and social animals. A herd of Triceratops will leave a devastated landscape in their wake, as each animal needs to consume huge quantities of vegetation to maintain its massive bulk. Triceratops eat mostly cycads (seed plants with large compound leaves and stout trunks) and palm fronds. If tempted by the new growth at the top of a large tree, a Triceratops will simply push the tree over with its massive head. These animals have large and complex batteries of blade-like teeth, which they use to tear and slice the tough fibrous plants they consume. Keeping a Triceratops well-fed and its enclosure clean can certainly keep a zookeeper busy!

Historically, Triceratops could be found throughout the western parts of Canada and the United States, although today its range is much more limited. This animal prefers the warm, humid, lowland climate found in coastal swamps and delta regions.

The large size, powerful build, long horns and bone-crushing bite of the Triceratops all serve to keep this animal safe from most predators. Like a rhinoceros, a Triceratops when threatened will charge at full speed toward its enemy. Only the Tyrannosaurus rex poses a threat to an adult Triceratops in good health. Triceratops young may also fall prey to crocodiles. Triceratops are very robust creatures; most specimens in captivity are over 65 million years old.

While little is known about the social and reproductive behavior of this species, due to the difficulties involved in field observation, it is thought that their distinctive neck frill may serve as a display device more than as defensive armor. In competition for mates and to establish dominance within the herd, Triceratops males are believed to engage in fierce butting contests, much like American bighorn sheep. Triceratops young hatch from eggs.

The main threat to this species is destruction of its habitat.

Attractiveness Adult:

Attractiveness Young:

Initial Happiness:

Habitat Preference:

60

80

70

85

Captivity:

Crowd:

CrowdHappiness Change:

ClimbsCliffs:

12

30

-5

No

 

General Information

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The Life Cycle

Who do they like to live with and eat?

 

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"?

1 level

 

FenceName

Purchase Cost

Height

Strength

Life

Cost Effective

Stick Pole Fence

$75

2

225

12

16.0

Stick Pole Window Fence

$75

2

225

12

16.0

Post and Rail Fence

$90

2

250

12

13.3

Wood Slat Window Fence

$110

2

240

12

10.9

Wooden Slat Fence

$110

2

240

12

10.9

Rock Wall Fence

$150

2

280

14

9.3

Rock Window Fence

$150

2

280

14

9.3

Concrete Chain Fence

$150

2

275

14

9.3

Plexiglas Fence

$150

2

270

13

8.7

Iron Bar Fence

$180

2

290

14

7.8

Concrete Fence

$200

2

300

15

7.5

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

80

2

 

6

Terrain Name

Value

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Savannah grass

75

60

120

180

240

300

360

420

480

540

600

Dirt

15

12

24

36

48

60

72

84

96

108

120

Sand

5

4

8

12

16

20

24

28

32

36

40

Fresh water

5

4

8

12

16

20

24

28

32

36

40

Rocks

2

6

13

19

26

32

38

45

51

58

64

Foliage

9

7

14

22

29

36

43

50

58

65

72

Elevation

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Exhibit Size

100

80

160

240

320

400

480

560

640

720

800

 

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ID

Value

TreeName

Foliage Effect

Cost/ Square

Cost Effective

7063

7

Grass Tree

40

$500

8.0

7048

7

Thorn Bush

40

$80

50.0

7094

6

Sigillaria Tree

36

$600

6.0

7058

3

Umbrella Thorn Tree

24

$840

2.9

7060

3

Tall Grass

24

$300

8.0

 

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ID

Value

RockName

Size X

Size Y

Rock

Rock Effect

Purchase Cost

Cost Effective

9206

2

Small Rock

1

1

Yes

8

$55

14.5

9205

2

Medium Rock 

1

1

Yes

8

$75

10.7

9200

4

Large Rock

2

2

Yes

4

$150

2.6

 

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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):

9

SickChange:

-10

HappyReproduceThreshold:

99

DeathChance:

10

Offspring:

1

TimeDeath(months):

47

BabyToAdult(months):

6

 

LaysEggs

Yes

TimeToHatch(days)

13

 

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Compatible Animals

Prey Animals

Ankylosaurus

23

KeeperFoodType:

Large grass and leaves

 

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Polar Bear

Chimpanzee

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Lion

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Siberian Tiger

Cheetah

Leopard

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Snow Leopard

Clouded Leopard

Jaguar

Gray Wolf

Grizzly Bear

Black Bear

Spotted Hyena

Olive Baboon

Mandrill

Lowland Gorilla

Red Kangaroo

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Ibex

Okapi

Moose

African Buffalo

Gemsbok

American Bighorn Sheep

Giraffe

Dromedary Camel

Hippopotamus

Markhor

Greater Flamingo

Ostrich

Emporer Penguin

California Sea Lion

Saltwater Crocodile

Giant Anteater

African Warthog

White Bengal Tiger

Zookeeper

Maintenance worker

Tour Guide

Man

Scientist

 

General Information

Building an Exhibit

The Life Cycle

Who do they like to live with and eat?