When my son was in daycare, August was usually “Mom helps chaperone a horde of small children to the Milwaukee Zoo” month. I imagine most folks aren’t interested in making zoo renders, but for the small number who are, I’m happy to turn my nostalgia moment into a freebie listing. A lot of outdoor foods, food stands, and park-related props have already been listed in the Summer Solstice #02 links, and I’ll try to keep repeats to a minimum.
Notes: Also, see the Greenhouse (below.) I remember lots and lots of walking…
Props: Fencing and Barricades
Notes: Fences are good. Small children and large, possibly carnivorous creatures are not meant to mix. Mixing okay at the petting zoo, though. (My son was three when I first took him to the Vilas Zoo in Madison, and I’ll never forget the astonished look on his face when a little goat tried to eat his jacket.)
Environments: Exterior and Artificial Exhibit Props
Japanese Onsen ||
Rock Ambush (comes with obj file) || Trunk Ruins || Cave || Pond || Waterfall || Hope Island || Simple Sand Prop || Grass Terrain Prop || Double Hill || Ground Texture Props #01 / #02 || Cactus || Maple Tree || Jacaranda Tree || Tree Stump || Rock Collection || The Rock Prop || Morphing Fantasy Rock || Rocks || Morphing Stone
Notes: Props from the first three rows can be used as artificial-looking environments for animals, which a lot of zoos have in addition to the more naturalistic outdoor environments. Texture with sand or dirt for a hippo watering hole or a place to roll about for rhinos and elephants. Lots of rocks, for lounging (big cats), hiding (small mammals), and jumping about (goats!) The grass in The Rock Prop is Poser dynamics and doesn’t work in DS.
Environments: Interior Exhibit Props
Notes: The Museum can be adapted for aquatic exhibits as well as smaller environments for reptiles, amphibians, insects, and small mammals. The Greenhouse would work well for a bird or butterfly exhibit. Double up the Art Box for creating an indoor area for the animals. Indoor exhibits have educational displays, like visual charts, skeletons, etc.
Exhibit Props: Petting Zoo
Notes: Small buildings and shelters for animals and visitors. The chicken coop also comes with a trough that could be used for other animals. Repurposing the Japanese bath set — pail can be resized and used as a feeder/watering trough and a stepping stool would be useful for those very small visitors.
Props: Ticket Booths, Stands, Signs, and Misc Stuff
Theme Park Props || Market Stand Small / Large || The Stand || Concession Stand || Refreshment Stand || Portapotty (bottom of page) || Signpost (bottom) || Signs (toward bottom, right) ||
Simple Wood Sign || Billboard & Poster Board Props || Simple Sign || Sign Board || Log Backgrounds || Tree Trunk Backgrounds #01 / #02 || Balloon Dog (click ‘gratis downloads,’ scroll down)
Notes: Again, more booths, benches, and public environment props in the Summer Solstice #02 links. The Concession Stand and Refreshment Stand rely on Poser procedural materials and are mostly not UV-mapped; DS users will need to adjust for that. Lots of signs at zoos. The log and tree trunk backgrounds could be used in diorama-like scenes. I included the toy balloon because it’s something a child might be given at a petting/kid’s zoo.
Next Up: Animals!
Credits: The freebies used are the Road, Ground Texture Prop #02, Chain Link Set, Barn, and the Easy Pose Giraffe (scaled up.) Edited because I forgot Fisty’s Bridal Jewelry for the couple’s wedding rings.
Non-freebies are the Maple Tree Pack 1, Loretta LoRez, Lorenzo LoRez, Grassy Ground Mega Pack, JeanZ, V4 Trainers (Faerie Dreams store closed), hijab from Modern Muslim Girl, shirt from Urban Shabby Chic, Bambini Boys K4 with socks from Skateboarder K4, Duke Hair, Jordan Hair, Bad Guy shirt and shoes, pants from Cyberpunk M4 with the these textures, and the skin textures are Ethnique Nicole, Sammy K4, and Alexandre M4 (he seems to be missing from the DAZ store — as is the M4K4 pose from Brothers & Sisters M4V4K4!) The V4 in Sam’s Shirt Shop is wearing London V4, Minnie Bow Hair, and Mamota’s Shirt Set V4 with these textures (not that you can really see it, but there’s a better view below!) Character morphs are all mine; the only one I’ve uploaded at the moment is Evelyn.
Most of the free props are already listed in the Christmas and Summer Solstice freebie posts, but feel free to ask what I’ve used.