Obviously, one needs animals for the zoo, and here’s a freebie listing dominated almost entirely by the generous Lyne of Lyne’s Creations and the equally generous Adam of Most Digital Creations (edited to add that Adam has added a lot more animals to his freebie catalog since this post was written.)
The Big Cats
Notes: The first six are morphs based on DAZ’s Millennium Cat, so you’ll need to own that for these to work. The Lion and the Tiger are static props; no movements.
Africa and Australia
Notes: The Rhino and Zebra are static props. (I wish I had a Koala Bear!)
Asia/Europe/North and South America
Notes: The Badger, Bear, Bison, Fox, Raccoon, Wild Boar, and Wolf are static props. (Sadly, no Sloths or Giant Pandas.)
Notes: The Falcon, Macaw, and Parrot are static props.
Fish and Sea Life
Notes: Goldfish #01 and #02 are static props. Check out carrie58’s gallery for lots of textures for the Bug Eye Goldfish and Koi Figure. After I did the Summer Solstice links, I came across a treasure trove of fish models (via carrie58.) They’re all in 3DS format. I’ve had pretty good luck using this online converter.
Reptiles, Amphibians, Arthropods, and Insects (except spiders ::shudders::)
Notes: All but the butterfly are static props. On the butterfly download page, there’s a link to extra textures for it.
Petting Zoo Animals
Notes: Most of the petting zoos I’ve seen have been miniature farms with baby animals. El Burro is a static prop.
I came to DAZ and the Platinum Club in October 2007, and because of that I’m well set for animals. I acquired the Sea Life Pack 1 — and apparently parts of the Sea Life Pack 2 — for free. I also picked up the Safari Starter Bundle when it was still free, and it comes with an elephant, rhinoceros, panther/jaguar, zebra, pronghorn antelope, and the Serengeti environment for the Cyclorama prop. Somewhere along the line I also acquired — for free — the Mil Gorilla, Mil Big Cat LE, Bear, Camel, Chimp, Wolf, Eagle, Penguin, Morphing Python, Mil Cat LE, Mil Dog LE, Mil Horse LE, and Dragonfly. The latter is only in .daz format though and must’ve been part of some environment, like maybe that old V3 fairy scene.
ANYway, DAZ gave away a lot of stuff in the past.
FWIW, the RDNA Hummingbird is still under $5 and KenG, the Bird Man of 3D, has an awesome Ostrich (amongst a great number of other awesome stuff.) Bijan Studios at Renderosity has a small but nice selection of aquatic sea life and plants. Traveler at RuntimeDNA also has lots of sea life props, a large number of them in the Deep Freeze category and inexpensive. DAZ has so many critters that they have their very own category.
(One of these days, I hope to be able to afford the LAMH plugin so I can furry-ize my critters!)
Edited 08/15 to add more links/info: Lyrra pointed out in the comments something I missed as a DS-only user, which is that “all versions of poser contain all the content from previous versions — so if you have the newest poser you have the poser 4 animals in your runtime someplace.” The Poser 4 animals included a a lion and a cat, and there is a free map here to turn the P4 lion into a mountain lion/panther and a jaguar. Additionally, morph wizard Capsces has a free set that can change the P4 cat into a hare, raccoon, and fox (click on the floppy disk icon and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “9-Lives/Cole/Phoebe/Furrette/P4 figures” link and then go to the end of that page and download the “9lives.zip” file.)
Also, at 3DMenagerie, if you click on “Goodies” and then select 3D and Poser, you’ll find a bunch of animal-related freebies for the P4 animals and a lot of older DAZ animals. There’s a baby morph for the DAZ Rhino from the Safari Bundle, as well as an alternate adult rhino with a few extra morphs. The cr2 files for these call up the wrong path for the obj file, though — references the Zygote folder when it should reference DAZAnimals, so you’ll need to correct that before installing either rhino figure.
And last, but not least, Dollygirl pointed out to me that free fur presets for many of the animals included in this listing can be used with the free Look At My Hair Player from DAZ (which I thought was a video explaining how to use the commercial plugin, sheesh!) LAMH is for DS4.6 only.