I have a whole lot of animals (10-15) sitting in a room waiting for a dungeon master on Dwarf Fortress, and I'd like to do something with them, like make a zoo. On this page it says,

Zoo areas may be defined from a built cage via the q menu for the enjoyment of your dwarves. Be aware that dwarves will receive happy or unhappy thoughts from seeing an animal in a zoo based on their preferences. Owning the cage containing a loved animal is even better.

I'm looking at my cages and I don't see this...are zoo removed/changed in the newest version? On it's talk page it said they just copied the page over from the older version.

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    Cages confused me initially because I didn't realize they can be furniture or buildings. Initially, you build a cage and it goes in the trap. It catches something and is removed and probably put in an animal storage area. You can then "build" a Cage building, which will ask for a cage furniture as a component. Once the cage is built, it has new options, like making a zoo.
    – sjohnston
    Aug 26, 2010 at 18:49

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No, zoos are still existent. You have to make sure that your cage is built and define a room from them, just like you would with a bedroom or a dining room.

  • oh, yeah, I had them built, but I figured defining a room was just for putting people in them.(At least that's what I assumed setting someone as the owner would do.) Aug 26, 2010 at 19:00
  • You don't have to assign anyone as the owner. You can make it a meeting hall if you want, give your dorfs happy thoughts.
    – user56
    Aug 26, 2010 at 19:44
  • Psh, why use words like "existent" when words like "extant" are around!:P Extant -- the opposite of Extinct! As in, my dwarves were extant... until I had some 'fun'. Aug 26, 2010 at 20:02
  • Yeah, I know, that's what I did. That's just why it initially confused me. Aug 26, 2010 at 20:21
  • @Raven Because neither zoos nor dwarves are documents.
    – user56
    Aug 26, 2010 at 21:43

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