Galactic Zoo

Zoo Entrance

Welcome to Coruscant's Galactic Zoo, the biggest and best zoo in the entire galaxy.

Getting Around the Zoo, Map of the Galaxy, Suggested Tours, Thranta Rides, Coruscant Solar System Playground, Younglings' Zoo, Gift Shops, Restaurants, Special Events and Features, Enclosures

Getting Around the Zoo

Miles of automated walkways link the diverse zoo enclosures. The Galactic Map also lists "tours" one can take with programmable vehicles. These automated vehicles can take you on the "highlights" tour (with Core Worlds like Coruscant, Anaxes, Chandrila, Brentaal, Alderaan, Corellia, Nubia), the best known planets by region, the best known inhabited gas giant worlds, the Rakatan worlds, etc.

Many have asked how the enclosures are ordered. Millennia ago the enclosures were in a rough geographical order. When the Zoo was small beings walked, slithered, or rolled from enclosure to enclosure. Over time, more popular exhibits were expanded and less popular exhibits were moved into less prestigious locations. And of course, the popularity of individual exhibits has varied over time. Like all Coruscanti destinations, the Zoo occupies multiple levels of the City. Today the order of the enclosures is essentially random. The programmable vehicles have brought order back to the Zoo.

Repulsorlift chairs are available for rent or for purchase at the entrance of the Zoo and at the Maryo Bazaar outside of the Corporate Sector enclosure.

In addition, the Zoo is moving some of your favorite exhibits so that the automated walkways will better approximate the routes of the hyperlanes. One automatic walkway will imitate the Perlemian Trade Route and take visitors from Coruscant through the Hapes Cluster and on to Lianna in the Tion Cluster. The great Hydrian Walkway will take visitors passed exhibits on Wayland and Dathomir, go near Yavin, and then on to the Corporate Sector in the Tingel Arm. Heading the other way, it will take visitors near Corellia and on to Eriadu and the Elrood Sector. At the Corellia exhibit, visitors will be able to transfer to the Corellian Run walkway and go by Tynna, Kalarba, Tatooine, and Ryloth. Or they can step on to the Corellian Trade Spine walkway and go to Duro, Yag'Dhul, Bespin, and Hoth. At Yag'Dhul they can transfer to the Rimma Trade Route Walkway and go to Sullust, Eriadu, Dagobah, and the Minos Cluster. This is an ongoing project that will take several years to complete.

Thranta Rides

A variety of thranta species are available for aerial tours of the zoo. Thrantas are native to Alderaan. Thranta riders can take visitors from the front of the Zoo to the restaurants and gift shops of the zoo as well as the Alderaan enclosure, the Bespin enclosure, and a few other select enclosures. The thrantas can fly over as many of the domed enclosures as a visitor desires. The giant Alderaan enclosure is the only enclosure that allows thrantas inside the enclosure.

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Map of the Galaxy

Each section of the galaxy, Core Worlds, Colonies, Expansion Region, Inner Rim, Mid Rim, Outer Rim, and Wild Space, are listed in different colors.

Deep Core Worlds include Khomm and Tython.

Core Worlds include Abregado-rae, Alderaan, Alsakan, Anaxes and Axum, Brentaal, Chandrila, Corellia (Corellia, Drall, Duro, Selonia, Talus, and Tralus), Coruscant, Iphigin, Kuat, Nubia, Samaria, and Thebeon. They are listed in one color.

The Colonies, which were the first worlds to be colonized millennia ago, are listed in another color. These worlds includes Arkania, Balmorra, Byblos, Cato Neimoidia, Giju, Mrlsst, Neimoidia, the Tapani Sector (Fondor, Procopia, etc), and Talasea.

The Expansion Region, which was originally called the Expansion Rim, includes Kinyen, Mimban, Tlactehon, and Umbara.

Inner Rim planets and moons include Antar 4, Bestine, Manaan, Nordra, Onderon, Taanab, and Zeltros.

Mid Rim planets include Aargonar, Bastooine, Bothawui, Centares, Haruun Kal, Ithor, Kashyyyk, Lofquar, Malastare, Naboo, Ord Mantell, Pengalan, and the Senex and Juvex worlds.

Outer Rim Territories have exotic names like Bespin, Chiron, Dagobah, Dantooine, Endor, Eriadu, Felucia, Geonosis, Hoth, Imynusoph, Kubindi, Mandalore, Mirial, Mon Calamari/Dac, Mustafar, Ossus, Rodia, Ryloth, Sullust, Tatooine, Utapau, Yavin 4, and less exotic names, like the Corporate Sector (Ammuud, Bonadan, Deltooine, Reltooine, etc.).

Wild Space and Extragalactic Space includes exotic locales like Kamino, Kilia IV, the Minos Cluster and Skye.

Intergalactic silicon-based life can be found in asteroid belts and other locations.

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Aquatic planets include: Giju, Kamino, Manaan, Mon Calamari/Dac, and Talasea.

Desert planets include: Aargonar, Geonosis, Ryloth, Samaria, Tatooine, and Utapau.

Forested worlds include: Kashyyyk, Talasea, and Yelsain/Minos Cluster.

Icy and very cold worlds include: Arkania, Hoth, Mirial, and Ryloth.

Steamy, jungle worlds include Dagobah, Endor, Imynusoph, Kashyyyk, Rodia, and Yavin 4.

Rakatan worlds that were visited by the Rakatan Infinite Empire before the creation of the Galactic Republic include: Kashyyyk, Manaan, and Tatooine.

Worlds along the Corellian Run include: Coruscant, Corellia, Byblos, Tlactehon, Rodia (nearby), Tatooine/Geonosis (nearby), Ryloth.

Worlds along the Corellian Trade Spine include: Corellia, Bestine, Kinyen, Bespin, Hoth.

Worlds along the Northern Hydian Way include: Brentaal, Yavin (nearby), Thalassia (nearby), Mirial (nearby), Corporate Sector.

Worlds along the Southern Hydian Way include: Brentaal, Alderaan (nearby), Kuat (Nearby), Nemoidia (nearby), Malastare, Haruun Kal (nearby), Eriadu, Imynusoph.

Worlds along the Rimma Trade Route include: Abregado-Rae, Haruun Kal (nearby), Sullust, Eriadu, Dagobah, Utapau (nearby), Minos Cluster.

Worlds along the Perlemian Trade Route include: Coruscant, Anaxes, Brentaal, Taanab, Centares, Ossus (nearby), Felucia (nearby).

Coruscant Solar System Playground

The Coruscant Solar System Playground is located near the Zoo's entrance. The playground has a big colored globe that children can climb on and use as a viewing point. One side has a slide for quick dismounts. The floor of the playground is jet black and smooth. Small raised platforms represent each of the inner planets. They are not done to scale. The platform for Coruscant is marked with the outline of the old continents (all two of them) and has depressions for its old oceans.

Then there are platforms for each of the outer planets: Muscave, Stentat, Improcco, Nabatu, and Ulabos. The Covey Asteroid Field between Improcco and Nabatu is represented by lots of little posts that rise out of the black floor. The Obo Rin Comet Cluster beyond distant Ulabos is indicated by vivid holograms.

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Younglings' Zoo (Petting Enclosure and Bantha Rides)

Our Younglings' Zoo and Petting Enclosure is one of the finest in all the galaxy because we have a whole galaxy of animals to choose from. Our Youngling Zoo is conveniently located near the zoo entrance. The petting zoo gives visitors the chance to pet Chandrilan squalls, Corellian Reekcats, Neimoidian jakrabs, zeebucks from Yvara, Mesa goats from Teyr, baby Sand sloths from Annoo, and Ixzinian rock rams from Pellastrallas. Other animals include roba, grazers. nerfs, and Ambrian staga. From Naboo we have dwarf nunas, which are fast, bipedal, flightless reptavians, and gullipuds, which are amphibians who can puff up and extend their spines when threatened. This makes them harder to eat. Inflated gullipuds bounce. Domesticated voorpaks are small, eight-legged creatures that emit a soothing purr and have a pleasant scent. We also have tumblepups from Haruun Kal and balloon-like fabools from Dantooine.

We also have a nocturnal Younglings' Zoo where younglings use special goggles to see in the simulated gloom of the zoo. This allows young one to see nocturnal animals like tookes from Naboo. Tookes are small, cute, hopping rodents with sensitive whiskers and large, black eyes.

Behind the petting zoo are the popular bantha rides. Banthas are commonly found on many worlds but they seem to have originated in one of the more distant of the Outer Rim worlds, the desert world of Tatooine. Tatooine was once colonized by the Rakatan Infinte Empire so the spread of banthas may be due to the Rakatans. Visitors may chose from walking or galloping banthas.

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Galactic Zoo Gift Shops

The main branch of the Galactic Zoo Gift Shop is at the front of the zoo. It may be accessed from outside the zoo. There is also a zoo-side entrance. The main branch features the bestselling items from the smaller gift shops scattered throughout the various levels of the zoo as well as merchandise with the Galactic Zoo logo. Some of the most popular items are pictures made from dried and pressed Alderaan flowers and grasses, the make-your-own Alderaan flower and grass painting kits, and the purses made from oro bark with the imitation iridescent violet, cinnabar, and pale yellow lichens. Many of the most popular animal species are available as soft toys. There are stuffies that look like miniature thrantas, banthas, tauntauns, nerfs, Alderaanian white cairoka birds, Ammudian pterosaurs, Nabooian tusk-cats, etc. We also have stories, like The Little Lost Bantha.

Other large gift shops can be found at Killik Castle, outside of the Alderaan enclosure, and Maryo Bazaar, outside of the Corporate Sector enclosure. Other gift shops can be found outside of the Neimodia, Ithorian, Zeltros, Centares, Corporate Sector, and Eriadu enclosures.

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Restaurants and Other Dining Opportunities

There is a fine Alderaanian restaurant at Killik Castle near the Alderaan enclosure. The Chandrila Pavilion and terraced gardens offers fine Chandrilan foods. Core Foods is by the Brentaal enclosure. The Neimodia Cafe (Colonies) includes food from Neimodian worlds. The Expansion Region is represented by the Kinyen Cafe. Inner Rim treats include the Zeltros Food Experience and Gift Shop, which offers a little taste of Zeltros, The Blue Rose, outside of the Ithorian enclosure, and the Taanab Food Stall outside of the Taanab enclosure. The Rubyflame Cafe is outside of the Centares enclosure in the Mid Rim region. The Maryo Bazaar by the Corporate Sector enclosure (Outer Rim) includes a fine restaurant as well.

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Special Events and Features

Core Worlds

Alderaan: Seedstorm Season, Silver Flow Day, Thranta rides, Killik Castle with Alderaanian restaurant and gift shop

Brentaal: Core Foods features fine Brentaal cuisine

Chandrila: Chandrila Pavilion, a lecture and seating area for debates, talks, and cultural events, Chandrilan Food Stand, care of Chandrila Express Restaurant, Recreation of Lake Sah'ot

Corellian System: Selonian Tunnels to crawl through

Kuat: Recreation of Tekshar Falls and the Gardens of Tralala

Samaria: A recreation of the Crystal Forest

Expansion Region

Kinyen: Kinyen Cafe

Colonies

Neimdoidia: Neimoidia Cafe and Gift shop

Tapani Sector: Holographic baranda hunting and holographic ruins of Pelagon

Inner Rim

Taanab: Taanab Food Stall sponsored by the Tagge Restaurant Association of Taanab

Zeltros: The Zeltros Food Experience and Gift Shop offers Zeltron cuisine, fragrant Zeltron flowers and wood products, and other souvenirs.

Mid Rim

Centares: The Rubyflame Cafe overlooks a recreation of Rubyflame Lake and a small lava tube that guests may walk through.

Ithor: The Blue Rose (food) and Ithorian Gift Shop, which rises above the enclosure like a herdship in the sky.

Outer Rim

Corporate Sector: The Maryo Bazaar is a large giftshop and cafe that sells merchandise and rents or sells repulsor-lift chairs. The Maryo Bazaar and the Corporate Sector Enclosure are sponsored by the Corporate Sector Authority.

Eriadu: Gift shop

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The Enclosures

The Galactic Zoo prides itself on having an enclosure for a large fraction of the countless worlds of the Galactic Republic. Each enclosure is a self-contained transparisteel enclosure that is set to the average temperature of the planet. Viewing platforms and walkways are set to temperatures that are more comfortable for our guests.

Deep Core

The Deep Core is a region through which hyperspace jumps become uncertain and travel is almost impossible. Nevertheless, some worlds on the edge of the Deep Core, such as Khomm and Thoadeye, are known. Empress Teta/Koros and Tython are even deeper in the Deep Core.

Khomm, L-12

From: Wookiepedia

Khomm is a well-ordered society where the cities are laid out mathematically and the people and animals are cloned.

Khommite Striders are elegant, gazelle-like creatures with long, slender legs and bushy tails. Like the Khhommites they are a cloned race.

From: Wookiepedia

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Tython

Tython was an ancient world that was rich in the Force. It was the first home of the Jedi. The Jedi later moved to Ossus and the verdant world of Tython was forgotten as the vagaries of the Deep Core erased the hyperlanes. In time, the once verdant world became barren.

The many ancient creatures of Tython survive at the Galactic Zoo. There are winged creatures, such as Tythonian raptors, hook hawks, and imported wingmaws. Herbivores include the horned, shaggy uxibeasts, which become aggressive when startled. Other creatures include Silik lizards, which are silicon-based lifeforms that absorb energy from sand. They have 6 limbs and are the size of a person from Coruscant. Flame tygahs are reptilian creatures with 8 limbs that are twice the size of a typical inhabitant of Coruscant. Saarls or Rift Worms, are giant, purple, worm-like creatures with massive teeth. Ak trees dot the enclosure.

From: Wookiepedia

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Core Worlds

Abregado-rae - K13

Abregado-rae is one of the worlds of the Southern Core. It is home to the Gados, a tall, thin, furry race of sentients.

The enclosure is dominated by a rocky incline with scattered groupings of hillside plants and animals. Around the rear of the enclosure there are images of the old Spaceport in its prime, with its interesting round, castle-like structures, and a view of the Southern Hills.

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Alderaan - M10

The Alderaan enclosure is one of the most largest and peaceful in the entire zoo. Alderaan is an ancient core world whose mountains have worn down over time into steppes and windswept grasslands. The planet has shallow seas and lakes but no oceans. The global temperature is quite mild by galactic standards and the self-contained transparisteel enclosure is kept at a representative temperature. The Alderaan enclosure at the Galactic Zoo has more Alderaanian plants and animals than any other zoo outside of Alderaan. While other zoos have up to five species of Alderanaanian grasses and a small selection of wild flowers, our enclosure boasts acres of grasses and wild flowers.

In conjunction with Alderaan University, the Galactic Zoo has a large fraction of the 8000 sub-species of Alderaanian grasses and has a large number of wild flowers from Alderaan. The short-bladed grass varieties are planted immediately alongside the visitor paths. Forests of tall grasses, canes, and grains grow off in the distance. During the simulated summer months, when the temperature in the vast enclosure are raised, the flowers and grasses dry out and go to seed. At the start of seedstorm season on Alderaan, the president of Alderaan University or his or her representative turn on the vast fans which simulate the Alderaanian winds. The winds stir up the feathery seeds and casue seedstorms which visitors can watch from the comfort of the fully-enclosed, climate-controlled bubble booths that line the enclosure. This is an event that is not to be missed.

The Galactic Zoo also has a great variety of Alderaan's animal life. Most zoos have some of the most popular bird species of Alderaan, such as the stilt-legged bird. The Alderaan stilt-legged bird is a flightless, reptilian bird of the grasslands. But the Galactic Zoo also has some of the rarer species. At the Galactic Zoo we have a fine sampling of oro woods, which are dominated by tall, clean-limbed trees with barks covered in colorful lichens. Look for iridescent violet, cinnabar, and pale yellow lichens on the trees. The most popular denizen of the oro woods is the popular white cairoka bird. Unlike other zoos, which feed their birds alternative feeds, the Galactic Zoo includes many of the animals the birds would have eaten on Alderaan. For example, Zoo staff provide the popular stilt-legged birds with Alderaan furry moths. The furry moths are large-winged moths that begin life as armored caterpillars over a meter long. They in turn feed on tubers in the grass roots.

In cooperation with some of the finer restaurants of Coruscant, the enclosure also hosts herds of Alderaan grazers and nerfs. Both grazers and nerfs are domesticated ungulates prized for their meat. The grazers are massive, docile creatures who put their heads down and mow through the grasslands. We also have a herd of wild grazers which are thinner, smaller, and have more prominent spots. The nerfs are more spritely animals with curving, dull horns and long, rank fur over muscular bodies. These creatures can be ill-mannered but they are kept away from the guests by poles which emit sounds the animals find unpleasant.

Alderaan's marine life is represented in a raised underwater enclosure. An underground tunnel allows visitors to see the animals swim overhead. The marine life includes the famous Alderaan crustaceans that build sprawling crustacean cities. In addition we have the popular glimmerfish. Tiny glimmerfish are known for their highly reflective metallic scales. When the numerous eggs hatch, the water is filled with silver. On Alderaan, the hatching of these eggs is celebrated as the "Silver Flow". The day is celebrated with small, silvery candies and laser shows that imitated the "Silver Flow". These laser shows are replicated in the nearby Chandrila Pavilion and the small, silvery candies are sold at the Zoo on Silver Flow Day.

But perhaps the best known signature animal of Alderaan is the thranta. As a rule, thrantas do not thrive in most zoos outside of Alderaan or Bespin but the Galactic Zoo is proud to have a huge herd. The thrantas are giant, leathery flying creatures that feed on the wind-blown seeds and pollens. The thrantas have long been domesticated on Alderaan. For thousands of years the Galactic Zoo has offered thranta rides to children. These thranta rides were confined to the Alderaan enclosure and used the smaller species of thrantas, such as the common thranta. But thanks to a grant from Tour Alderaan, the thranta rides have been expanded to use the larger species of thrantas, such as the graceful pilotta thranta and the balana thranta, and to allow adults to ride the thrantas as well. Visitors riding thrantas may fly over the grass paintings in the Alderaan enclosure. The grass paintings are created by local school children and Coruscanti artists who plant a variety of grass and flower seeds in the enclosure. When the seeds and flowers bloom, the ground is transformed into grass paintings. For the first time in the history of the Galactic Zoo, thranta pilots will also take visitors out a special tunnel that links the Alderaan enclosure with the rest of the Galactic Zoo. Visitors may then embark on an aerial tour of the entire Galactic Zoo. The thrantas do not enter the other self-contained enclosures but they look down at the other enclosures. Visitors are belted in so they will not fall. The thrantas can also take the guests to the Zoo restaurants and shopping mall.

In addition, there is a recreation of a Killik Castle. Killik castles are towering mounds that can be found in Alderaan's northern grasslands. They were created by an extinct insectoid species known as the Killik. Visitors may wander passed the inner walls of the mound, which are decorated with brilliantly colored pebble mosaics in authentic Killik designs. The Killik Castle also has a large Alderaanian gift shop and a fine Alderaanian restaurant. The gift shop sells packets of Alderaan grass seeds, pictures made from dried and pressed Alderaan flowers and grasses, make your own Alderaan flower and grass painting kits, purses and small items made from bark from the oro woods painted with iridescent violet, cinnabar, and pale yellow to simulate the exotic lichens as well as sheets of the painted bark for your own projects. There are also Killik Castle sculptures and Killik Castle mini-holograms. Stuffies include white cairoka, Alderaan stilt-legged bird. grazer, nerf, glimmerfish, and thranta stuffies. Killik Castle was built with grants from Alderaan University, the Galactic Museum, and Tour Alderaan.

Special events and features:

Seedstorm Season
Silver Flow Day
Thranta rides
Killik Castle with Alderaanian restaurant and gift shop

From: The Illustrated Star Wars Universe by Kevin Anderson and Ralph McQuarrie, Bantam, 1995, 1997 and The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide.

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Alsakan, Alsaka sector - L9

Alsakan, Coruscant's nearest neighbor on the Perlemian, is an ancient world that has often fought with Coruscant for control of the galaxy. Alsakan is at the head of the Arrowhead and the Perlemian Route and Alsakani culture has long dominated the human-majority worlds of the Perlemian corridor. These worlds have favored local independence and a looser coalition than the Coruscant-dominated megaworlds of The Spin, the Corellian Run, and the Metellos Trade Route.

Ancient Alsakan was ruled by the Killiks and the Rakatan Infinite Empire. Alsakan is now a world-city but its people traditionally have favored open spaces and **has more native flora and fauna remaining than Coruscant. Xenvaer is the capital of Alsakan.

Rucapar, a city in the ancient realm of Archais, was built between five equidistant mountains and was once home to the Alsakan Mosaics. The mosaics were five lanes of tiles that ran to each of the five mountains. Rucapar and the Alsakan Mosaics were destroyed during the Third Alsakan Conflict but their images dominate the entire Alsakan enclosure. Verses from the Archaiad, the planetary epic of how Alsakan became unified, is also written on the walls of the enclosure.

**Note: I have surmised this point.

From: Wookiepedia

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Anaxes and Axum, Axum system - L9

Anaxes, "Defender of the Core", is one of the ancient core worlds of the galaxy. Anaxes was settled by Coruscanti settlers in sleeper ships. The people of Anaxes have a strong naval tradition on Anaxes and consider themselves to be of more august lineage than the people of Coruscant. It is also the home of Azure Motorworks, which makes luxury vehicles.

The most popular animals at the Anaxes enclosure are the keffis. Keffis come in a variety of colors and sizes. Vehicles are banned in the capital and are rarely seen in the rich Sirpar Hills. Instead, Anaxsi nobles ride keffis to get where they are going.

While Anaxes is the fourth planet in the Axum system, Axum is the third planet in the system. Like Anaxes, it is a terrestrial planet. Not even mighty Anaxes can exceed the industrial output of Axum. Axumites are known for the excellent manners and formality. They are proud of their wildlife but Axum has long been urbanized and it is not known for its wildlife. Nevertheless, we have a few examples of surviving fauna from Axum.

From: Wookiepedia

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Brentaal IV, Brentaal System - L9

Brentaal is an ancient world at the intersection of the Hydian and Perlemian. For many thousands of years Brentaal was the last stopping off point for expeditions heading into the unsettled Colonies and the first stop for items coming back into the Republic. The capital of Brentaal is Cormond, which is on the salt flats between the Suporro Sea and the Gravaal Mountains.

Over time, Brentaal's animal and plant life has been largely replaced by standard Core World forest and fauna. But the Galactic Zoo has descendants of the original native life of Brentaal. The early ecology of Brentaal was largely dominated by ferns and large, flying insects. Some of the flying insects, such as the Kundril, continue to survive on Brentaal. The Kundril are gigantic, multisegmented flying insects with rows of translucent wings, ferocious mandibles, and a system of internal gas bladders. They lack eyes and hunt by sound. They generally attack creatures that are smaller than they are. Types include seagoing varieties, which are blue and green. They fly over the waters and dip into the seas to catch fish and sea mammals. The last surviving land species has thick, red hides flecked with gold. They have been more heavily hunted than the Marine Kundril so they have retreated to the mountains.

From: Wookiepedia

Special events and features:

Core Foods features Brentaal cuisine.

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Chandrila, Bormea Sector - L9

Chandrila is an ancient core world that has retained its ancestral rural nature. The Chandrila enclosure consists of a large plain with a forested area in the back. Pathways wander through some of the plains while more distant areas can be viewed from a raised platform in the large terraced garden. Thanks to a grant from the University of Chandrila - Hanna City, the Hanna Wild Game Reserve, and the Gladean State Parks, the terraced gardens have recently been expanded to include a recreation of the famous Lake Sah'ot on Chandrila and the Chandrila Pavilion, a lecture and seating area for cultural events and talks.

Most of the animals in the enclosure are descended from wildlife that came from the Hanna Wild Game Reserve and the Gladean State Parks on Chandrila. The most ubiquitous creatures in the enclosure are the hopping squalls. You can watch their antics for hours while sipping tea in the terraced garden. The garden has a Chandrilan food stand that serves Chandrilan Fish and Cairnmog Stew, Black-Back Pie (a poultry dish), Chandrilan Herbloaf, Chandrilan Tea Cookies, Chandrilan Brandy Cakes, and Chandrilan Herb Tea. The docile squalls are kept off the walkways by sound emitters. Children and their grownups may pet squalls in the petting enclosure or you may buy a squall stuffy toy in the Galactic Zoo gift store.

Special Events and Features:

Chandrila Pavilion, a lecture and seating area for debates, talks, and cultural events. Chandrilan speakers may include speakers from the Chandrilan House (government), University of Chandrila - Hanna City, the Chandrilan Academy of Sciences, reporters from the Chandrilan Daily Messenger (the daily newsfeed), and famous athletes from the Chandrilan Cometary Games. Chandrilan musicians may include the Chandrilan Planetary Choir and Symphony, Hanna City Orchestra, the Nayli Symphony, Brionelle Military Tattoo, and the fabled Holleck Quartet. In addition, non-Chandrilan events include the annual Alderaanian laser shows during Alderaan's Silver Flow Days.

Chandrilan Food Stand, care of Chandrila Express Restaurant

Recreation of Lake Sah'ot

Information from: Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons, Daniel Wallace, New York: Ballantine, 1998.

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Corellian System, Corellian Sector - M11

The Corellians worlds, Corellia, Drall, Duro, Selonia, Talus, and Tralus, are well known throughout the galaxy for their influence on politics and business. Corellians are well known for their fine shipyards. Many believe the system was artificially created by the Celestials eons ago and that the Corellians are descendants of Coruscanti brought to Corellia.

The most famous of the Corellian creatures include Corellian Sand Panthers, Corellian Grass Snakes, Slice Hounds, and Wonats. Wonats are quiet creatures that move almost silently on their furry toe-pads.

Special Events and Features:

Selonian Tunnels to crawl through.

From Wookiepedia

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Coruscant, Corusca (Coruscant) Sector - L9

Coruscant, the home of the Galactic Zoo, is the "Jewel of the Core Worlds" and the center of the galaxy. As such, all the animal and plant species of the galaxy have their place on Coruscant. However, almost all of Coruscant's native species belong in the Coruscant Holographic Zoo for Extinct and Exotic Species.

Some say that the only native species left on Coruscant is the hawkbat. Hawkbats are predatory reptavians who fly between the multilevels towers of the planet-wide City. Our hawkbats can be seen flying between the towers of a recreated section of Coruscant. If you are fortunate you may see large, flexible, leathery hawkbat eggs grow on the ledges and cornices of the buildings. Hawkbats can hunt immediately after hatching. During moulting season you can see young hawkbats attach themselves to crevices and shed their skins. The hawkbats then eat the skins and fly off.

We stock the exhibit with the favorite hawkbat foods. Hawkbats eat dull green-gray granite slugs, shadow barnacles, and other creatures. Granite slugs are mollusks that leave behind trails of corrosive acidic slime. Shadow barnacles are small crustaceans that anchor themselves to buildings via feeder roots. The shadow barnacle has a flowery external fill filament that can be retracted into its mouth. The entire creature retracts into its shell or pod when threatened. Shadow barnacles can move about on their small claw-legs.

In addition, thrantcills evolved on Coruscant almost 100,000 years ago. They have hooked beaks and flat, black eyes. They are noted for flying in diamond formations. Traditionally they fly to the southern regions during the winter.

We also have imported wildlife at the Coruscant enclosure, such as Trantor pigeons (from Trantor), Spire Falcons (which some say are native to Coruscant), Nunas (swamp turkeys) and tookes (hopping rodents) from Naboo, Yellow-tailed Summerbirds, Coruscant Game Fowl, Gartros (small, dragon-like creatures with bat wings and spiked tails), meer rats (found on many urbanized worlds), gully rats, armored rats, grate toads (found at the lower levels), and giant walking fish (lizard-like fish with brown scales). Insects include ferro-worms, duracrete worms, glowworms (found in the lower levels), stone mites, and other creatures.

Information from: The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide and Wookiepedia

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Iphigin, (Diamal Sector?), Southern Core – L13

The Iphigini are noted for their breaded lip-beards and their melodious voices and their music can be heard in the background at this exhibit.

**The planet has been influenced by Diamal and the worlds of the Rimma Trade Route and their flora and fauna includes many imports from these worlds.

Information from Wookiepedia

** I have surmised the infuence of Diamal and the worlds of the Rimma Trade Route.

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Kuat, Kuat Sector - M10

Kuat was settled by Coruscanti colonists who set out on sleeper ships before the Galactic Republic was formed. They terraformed Kuat into a world with forests and plains. Matriarchal settlers from Kuat went on to found colonies on Alsakan, Axum, Tepasi, and Humbarine. Kuat and many of her colonies were founding members of the Republic. Kuat is best known as the home of the super-successful Kuat Drive Yards. Despite the strong mercantile and manufacturing emphasis of the people, the planet of Kuat was restored to its original terraformed nature after Kuat Drive Yards was moved into orbit around the planet. So Kuat has escaped the world city fate of Humbarine and the factory world nature of Balmorra. Balmorra is one of Humbarine's colonies and is thus a grand-colony of Kuat. While Balmorra's best known wildlife is the Balmorran Metal Parasite, Kuat is known for the Gardens of Tralala and the Tekshar Falls.

The main feature of the Kuat enclosure is a replica of the lovely Tekshar Falls, which is a river that was diverted so that it falls as a waterfall into Kuat City's main entertainment center. A recreation of the Gardens of Tralala surround the miniature replica of the Tekshar Falls. One either side of the waterfall and gardens, one can see the lovely animals of Kuat.

Special Features and Events:

Recreation of Tekshar Falls and the Gardens of Tralala.

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Nubia, Corellian Sector - M11

Nubia is known as the headquarters for Nubian Star Drives, Inc., Trade Co, and PharmCorp. They also have large supplies of bronzium. The planet is considered quite rural for a Core world. The people have strong ties with nature. There is not a lot of surface water but there are large, underground aquifers. The planetary capital is Nuba City.

Nubia may be the original homeworld of the ronto. Rontos are large quadrupeds with long necks that are used as beasts of burden on planets like Tatooine. On Nubia, they are raced in Ronto rances. Rontos are also found Benja-Rihn and Kashyyyk. Rontos can carry hundreds of kilograms at a time. They have a good sense of hearing and smell but they have poor eyesight. This makes them easily startled. They need a lot of water but their skins shed excess heat. This makes them useful in desert worlds like Tatooine.

From: Wookiepedia

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Samaria, Leemurtoo system (Near Corellia) – M11

Samaria is a desert planet. Its capital is Sath.

The Samarian enclosure is filled with desert animals and plants. You can compare the adaptations that Samarian plants and animals have made to the desert with plants and animals from other desert worlds, like Aargonar and Tatooine. At the edges of the enclosure you can see a recreation of the Crystal Forest of Samaria. The Crystal Forest is made of crystallized trees that formed when the planet was cold and icy. On Samaria, the eerie Crystal Forest is devoid of wildlife. We have set up a force field between the Crystal Forest and the rest of the enclosure so that the Crystal Forest will not disturb our animals.

Special Features and Events:

A recreation of the Crystal Forest.

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Thebeon 8, Thebeon System, Southern Core - K12

Thebeon 8 has only a modest population relative to other Core Worlds and was explored and settled 8000 to 15,000 years ago.

Thebeon 8 is a dim world that orbits far from its primary. The local flora and fauna are well adapted to the dimness.

Planetary information from Wookiepedia and Star Wars: The Essential Atlas. I have assumed the world would be dimly lit because it is the 8th planet in the system.

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The Colonies

Some Colony worlds were settled even before the Republic was founded. Travel was slow and many Colony worlds sought independence after only a few generations.

Arkania, Perave System, Northern Dependencies - M8

Arkania is a frozen world full of tundra and ice. The world is known for its diamonds and other precious minerals. The enclosed cities of the Arkanians are built to keep out the cold. The capital city is Adascopolis. Other cities include Novania, Trade City, and Kanti.

Despite the cold of Arkania, many creatures call Arkania home. We have boneless Arkanian jellyfish that inhabit the cold waters of Arkania and many other creatures.

But the highlight of our Arkanian enclosure are the Arkanian dragons. Arkanian dragons have hardened scales, can fly 3000 meters into the atmosphere at 140 kilometers per hour, and can actually breathe fire. Arkanian dragons became extinct on Arkania about 4000 years ago, although there are still isolated stories of surviving dragons in distant mines. But people have forgotten how long the Galactic Zoo has been in existence. Our Arkanian dragon stock came from Arkania thousands of years ago. Arkanian dragons are still alive and well at the Galactic Zoo.

Please note that the Arkanian enclosure is totally enclosed to keep out the cold and to allow our customers to view the Arkanian dragon in complete safety.

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Balmorra - Balmorra/Nevoota System, M10

Balmorra was a colony of Humbarine in the days when interstellar travel was slow and uncertain. Balmorra was settled when the Republic was still young. The world soon declared itself independent from Humbarine. The factory world of Balmorra became known for its battle droid and weapon manufacturers.

Despite millennia of manufacturing, Balmorra still has some interesting wildlife. The wingmaw is a pale yellow winged reptilian carnivore and scavenger. These creatures have also found their way to the Deep Core world of Tython. Wingmaws were preyed upon by Balmorran maweaters. Balmorran maweaters became extinct 3600 years ago during the Great Galactic War between the Republic and the Sith Empire. The population of wingmaws soared when the maweaters became extinct and wingmaws became a nuisance to the sentients of Balmorra. The Galactic Zoo had a small population of maweaters at that time but the population was prone to disease and was too weak to reintroduce to Balmorra. The number of maweaters at the Galactic Zoo has remained too low to reintroduce into the wild since that time.

Bormu are slow-moving, herbivorous giants of the grassy plains. As the grassy plains of Balmorra have dwindled and become polluted, the numbers of bormu have declined. The numbers of zeldrates, fast moving predators, have not declined to the degree that the bormu have declined.

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Byblos - Byblos System. M12

Byblos, like Loronar, was colonized by Corellia. Both Byblos and Loronar soon declared their independence from Corellia. Byblos supported Coruscant during the Alsakan Conflicts. Byblos is best known as the headquarters for Byblos Drive Yards. The planet is dominated by city towers that can have up to 5000 levels. BlasTech, SoroSuub, and Sienar Fleet Systems all have towers on Byblos.

The flora and fauna of Byblos is a mix of Corellian imports and native creatures. The flora and fauna survive in isolated pockets in towers.

From: Planetary information from Wookiepedia and Star Wars: The Essential Atlas. I have guessed that the flora and fauna is a mix of native and imported creatures and that they may have survived in little pockets in the towers.

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Cato Neimoidia, Cato Neimoidia System - M12

Cato Neimoidia is one of the oldest Neimoidian purse worlds (wealthy, resource-rich colonies) and was colonized 25,000 to 22,000 years ago. The world is dominated by bridge cities and a large amount of native fauna and flora. Its capital is Zarra.

The best known creature from Cato Neimoidia is the Neimoidian Kreehawk. This beautiful but dangerous avian is found in aviaries throughout the galaxy. Our transparent enclosure is fully enclosed to protect visitors from the Neimoidian Kreehawk. You may also watch turfjumpers bound through the exhibit. Other creatures include the Loro and the Treveel.

From: Wookipedia

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Giju, Herglic Space - L13

Giju is the home of the ancient, space-going species, the Herglic. The Herglic developed the hyperdrive 27,500 years ago. Giju is in the trailing (southern) part of the galaxy and is near the Giju Run and the Rimma Trade Route. The world is dominated by oceans, islands, marshes, and glaciers.

**Giju has a large number of aquatic plants and animals and a diverse group of terrestrial, island-bound species. The Herglic ties with the nearby Tapani Sector is reflected in a number of imported species.

**This information is an educated guess.

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Mrlsst, Tapani Sector – L13

Mrlsst is a freeworld in the Tapani Sector. It is home to the Mrlssi or Mrlssti, a scholarly race of flightless avians who are known for their fine universities. The planet is a moist, humid world known for its greenstalk trees, marshes, and swamps. Cities include Mennaa, the capital, and Mrkeesh. Mrlsst should not be confused with Mrisst, which is a colder world in the Colonies which is known for its spinetrees and spirepines.

Our Mrlsst enclosure is filled with greenstalk trees. Amidst the greenstalk trees you can see wuorls, which are frog-like creatures with long snouts who live in the greenstalk trees. Many consider wuorls to be a delicacy.

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Neimoidia, Neimoidia System - M10

Neimoidia, settled over 25,000 years ago, was one of the first Duros colonies. Neimoidia is too humid to be considered pleasant by the beings of Duros so the Neimoidians were soon colonizing other worlds, such as Koru Neimoidia, Deko Neimoidia, and Cato Neimoidia.

Neimoidians have evolved differently from their ancestors on Duros because of the heavier gravity, dimmer sun, higher humidity, and general mistiness of the planet. Neimoidia’s native flora and fauna have evolved in these conditions.

The Neimoidian enclosure has li fungus, manax trees, giant harvester beetles, and mistflies. We also have Neimoidian pylat birds, which have melodious, soothing songs. These territorial birds are found in the mountainous areas of Neimoidia. Another bird is the neekoflight. Neimoidian neekoflights have bright membranes on the top of their heads that are used as display crests. Neekoflights are found in the rainforests of Neimoidia.

Special Features and Events:

The Neimoidia Cafe features food from the Neimoidian worlds. There is also merchandise available for purchase.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas, The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, and Wookiepedia.

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Tapani Sector (near Herglic space) - L13

The Tapani Sector is an influential member of the Colonies with strong ties to the Core. Pelagon was the first of the systems to be settled back in 13,000 BBY. Over time, various influential clans evolved and carved out planetary domains. Shey Tapani of House Melantha united what would become the Tapani Sector and created the Tapani Empire. In 1,582 BBY, the Kappela dynasty fell and the Federal Era started. In In 1,486 BBY (11,234 Tapani calendar), the people of the Tapani Sector sent their first representative to the Galactic Republic.

The animals of the Tapani Sector are arranged in separate domes within the larger Tapanic Sector enclosure dome. The southern area is dominated by the animals of Fondor. Fondorian animals include amphibious Fondorian Mud Puppies and other animals. Animals from Procopia, such as Baranda, are in the middle. Other domes include Nightsingers from Pella, Torbulls from Ukio, and Plavonian starfish. In the west there is an interactive section where guests can hunt holographic baranda like the nobles of Procopia or explore a holographic version of the ruins of Pelagon. The ruins of Pelagon predate the arrival of the Core World settlers.

Special Events and Features:

Holographic baranda hunting and holographic ruins of Pelagon.

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Talasea, Morobe Sector - L13

Talasea is a heavy gravity, moist, heavily forested, fog-bound world on the Quellor Run. Its island continents are sometimes lashed by heavy thunder storms. Although settled in the past, many of the inhabitants have been leaving this world for other systems.

Talasea has a large variety of flora and fauna. Native flora include green ivy, tendril-moss, and the kaha tree. Kaha trees have since been imported to Praesitlyn, a forested planet in the Sluis Sector of the Outer Rim.

Animal species include native insects and reptiles and feral descendants of imported species, such as banthas and rycrits. The banthas and rycrits were brought in by the first farmers to colonize the planet. The common bantha is found throughout the galaxy. Rycrits, quadrupeds from Ryloth, are often found wherever there are large populations of Twi’lek. They are used for their hides and their meat.

From: Wookiepedia

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Expansion Region

Kinyen, Sumitra Sector - L15

Kinyen was an ancient Rakatan world but it is best known as the homeworld of the Gran. The Gran have goat-like snouts and three eyes. Many Gran live on Malastare and Hok. The planet's recorded history goes back 10,000 years. Kinyen is an agricultural world on the Corellian Trade Spine. It is a pleasant world with grasslands and dense forests, such as Dal Forest. Hekaras and Kinyen Prime are two of the largest cities on Kinyen. Most of the planet is devoted to agriculture rather than to urban activities.

Kinyen has almost no predators. Therefore, most of the animals you will see in our Kinyen enclosure are not predators. We also offer a fine selection of trees and other plants from Kinyen.

The Kinyen Cafe offers fine food outside of this enclosure.

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Mimban/Circarpous V, Circarpous sector - O12

Mimban is a steamy, cloud-covered jungle world with a turbulent atmosphere. It is inhabited by the Coway, Mimbanites, and the extinct Thrella.

The creatures of Mimban include the Circarpousian water snake, the Circarpousian swamp fly, and the wandrella. The wandrella are giant creamy colored phosphorescent worms.

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Tlactehon, Kailion Sector – O13

This world is best known as a tradeworld on the Corellian Run. Its flora and fauna are not as well known and include both native and imported species from other worlds on the Corellian Run.

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Umbara, Ghost Nebula – P10

Umbara is also known as the Shadow World because the rays of its sun never reach the surface. This dark world is inhabited by the Umbarans, a pale race of near-humans.

The dim mists of Umbara are inhabited by banshees, large, non-sentient winged, predators with a crustacean-like appearance. These shelled predators have bioluminescent green eyes that can pierce the haze and matching green bioluminescent patches on their bodies. The banshee are strong enough to pick up fully armored soldiers. In addition, the vixus are stationary, tentacled creatures that look like sarlaccs. The tentacles can reach 7 meters.

The Umbaran enclosure is self-contained and tinted so that the brightness of the viewing platform does not disturb or blind the inhabitants of the enclosure. Viewing goggles are available to help customers see the creatures in the enclosure.

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Inner Rim

Antar 4, Prindaar System, N12

Antar 4 is the home of the Gotal. Antar 4 and Antar 5 are two moons that orbit the planet, Antar.

The Antar 4 enclosure includes a herd of the graceful quivry, four-legged, hooved, antelope-like creatures.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Bestine IV - M14

Bestine is a lightly settled water world in the trailing (southern) sectors. It is on the Corellian Trade Spine. The Kian'thar attempted to settle Bestine in 278 and 211 years previously. H'kig pilgrims founded a community 170 years ago. Settlements are now found on tethered floats, like Gasha, and island spires, like Jahnae.

The Bestine enclosure consists of a flooded basin with jutting island spires. The enclosure is populated by armored fish and nests of sink-crabs. Also look for the Bestine sea anemone at our enclosure.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Manaan in the Pyrshak system - O11

Most beings associate Manaan with the healing liquid, kolto. Kolto only comes from Manaan. But this aquatic planet has many other points of interest. The world was once part of the Rakatan Infinite Empire. The oceans of Manaan gave rise to the amphibious Selkath. The world, which is totally covered in water, has a wide variety of non-sentient marine life.

One of the finest creatures on Manaan is the orange-white Firaxan shark or firaxa. Firaxa are very fierce creatures but they never attack the native Selkath people of Manaan. It is thought the Selkath and the Firaxa are distantly related. Firaxan sharks eat Matshi fish. Other marine creatures include the non-sentient Orchana rays, which are eaten by the Selkath.

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Nordra, Nordra System - N14

Nordra is the home of the dwarf-like Nords. It is on the Hydian Way but is often bypassed to avoid the nearby Itani Nebula.

The tectonically active world is dominated by two temperatures, very hot and very cold. Icy mountains and lakes of lava fill the landscape. The Nords live in the temperature-resistant settlements near the warmer valleys.

All life is adapted to the high gravity of Nordra and the extreme temperatures.

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Onderon, Japrael Sector - O9

Onderon was settled 5200 - 4600 years ago. Freedon Nadd conquered the planet 4400 years ago and established a dark side theocracy that last over 1000 years. Iziz is the only city on the planet. One of Onderon’s moons used to orbit quite close to Onderon, which allowed some life to fly to the moon.

Native fauna include dalgos, orangey four-legged mounts that have large, crested heads; fambaas, large, reptilian amphibians that are also native to Naboo; pikobi, fast-moving, flightless reptavians that are also native to Naboo; and tee-muss, domesticated tusked mounts that are native to Onderon but are also found on other worlds.

Plant species on Onderson include Onderonian bamboo, which grows very well at our exhibit.

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Taanab, Taanab System - O8

Taanab is an agricultural world inhabited and made suitable for life around 2320 BBY. Its administrative capital is Pandath.

The early Galactic Zoo did not have an enclosure for Taanab because Taanab does not have any native life. Now a small enclosure for Taanab has been stocked with imported roba, banthas, Ambrian staga, and nerfs.

Special Events and Features:

There is a Taanab Food Stall sponsored by the Tagge Restaurant Association of Taanab in front of the enclosure.

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Zeltros, Zeltron Space - O10

Zeltros is a temperate world of forests, oceans, rivers, and cities that is best known for its empathic, pleasure-loving, reddish-skinned people. Zeltros is a popular destination for those looking for a good party. The Zeltrons have an extra liver, which helps them consume lots of alcohol. Zeltrons also secrete pheremones which make them even more attractive to others.

In addition to the many parties in Zeltros' cities, there is much beauty to be found in the wilderness areas of Zeltros. The Zeltrons have selectively bred flowers, woods, and other plants for their beauty and fragrance. In addition, the Zeltrons have bred animals for their beauty and grace. Therefore, the flowers, woods, and animals of Zeltros are among the most beautiful in all the galaxy. The Galactic Zoo has a fine selection of both plants and animals from Zeltros.

Special Events and Features:

The Zeltros Food Experience and Gift Shop is a restaurant that offers the most exquisite Zeltron cuisine. There are also fragrant Zeltron flowers and wood products for sale.

Planetary information from Wookiepedia. I have speculated about the plants and animals of Zeltros.

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Mid Rim

Aargonar, Perkell Sector – Q7

Aargonar is a desert world in the Borderlands region of the Mid Rim. Although the world now is covered in rock spires and arches, it once was a watery world, The system was only discovered by Galactic scouts between 3000 and 5000 years ago.

One of the many strange animals at the Aargonar enclosure is the Gouka dragon. Gouka dragons are giant, green creatures who live underground. They use their high body temperatures to melt the rocks around them and form the tunnels they live in. The feed on sarlaacs. We also have a sarlaac in our Aargonar enclosure. Sarlaacs are semi-sentient creatures found on a number of planets, including Felucia, Dathomir, and Tatooine. They are also found on the moon, Aargonar 3 and may, in fact, be native to Aargonar. Sarlaacs reproduce through spores, which can leave a planet's atmosphere and travel through space. Younger ones move about under the sands but older ones wait for their prey to come to them. Older sarlacc can live to be 20,000 - 50,000 years old. Opinion is divided as to whether sarlaccs are plants or animals. Most think they are plants. Imported animals on Aargonar include hrumphs from Naboo. Hrumphs are thick-necked, bull-like herbivores with horns and sharp beaks. They get their name from the guttural sounds they make.

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Bastooine, Bri'ahl sector - I17

The Bastooine system includes the inhabited planet, Orellon II. The planet is dominated by jungles, plains and volcanic mountains and bodies of water. The main sentient species are the Kentra. The Kentra are a warrior race of winged felines. The Voontragi also live there. Large cities, such as Kariish, the planetary capital, are built into mountain ridges. Smaller villages consist of wooden houses nestled between the buntra trees.

The Bastooine enclosure is dominated by giant buntra trees and features a wooden Bastooine house at the back of the enclosure.

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Bothawui, Bothan Sector- R14

Bothawui is known as the homeworld of the Bothans. The Bothans are the spymasters of the galaxy. But Bothawui also has interesting animal and plant life.

We are proud to have a number of rare Bothan sky-dragons at our Zoo. Bothan sky-dragons a reptilian avian species. They are almost extinct on Bothawui. Rals or stone rays are another avian species on Bothawui. Aks are birds of prey.

Other animals include radarks and salar. Radarks are serpents that burrow underground. Their tendancy to burrow under Bothan structures, causing them to collapse, have made them unpopular on Bothawui. They are also found on Bothan colonies, such as Mandell and Kothlis. Bothawui has many fish, including the fast-growing (but bland) Salar. Salar are also found on Kothlis.

Bothawui has many predator species. The Skar'kla is a large, fast and deadly predator with big teeth and claws that lives in the mountains of Bothawui. It is distantly related to the feline krak'jya. The krak'jya are powerful, striped feline predators. Some hunters collect the pelts of these animals. Halkra or strangle vines look like regular vines but they are really arboreal predators with 12 tentacles.

Imported species include the Ganjuko. Ganjukos are large, thickly furred animals with small, beaked heads. The beaks are highly prized for use in dagger-making. Ganjukos are also found on Kothlis. They originally came from Fenn.

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Centares, Malrood Sector - R7

Centares is a temperate, industrial, primarily human Mid Rim world that bills itself as "the last civilized stop before the wild and woolly Outer Rim" and "the jewel of the Mid Rim." It is on the Perlemian Trade Route near Aargonar. Worlds on the Perlemian include Coruscant, Brentaal, and Taanab on the Coreward side and Ossus, Felucia, and Lianna on the Rimward side. Centares is the Perlemian gateway to the Centrality via the Triellus Trade Route. The Triellus Trade Route goes to Kubindi and other worlds. The Triellus Trade Route starts at Centares and connects with the Corellian Run at Arkanis, near Tatooine and Rodia. It or another route heads out from Arkanis to connect with the southern Hydian Way at Darkknell. Eriadu is further rimward on the southern Hydian Way. The southern Hydian Way continues on to Terminus and Imynusoph. Lianna is the Perlemian gateway to the Corporate Sector via the Shaltin Tunnels (the Corporate Sector's main access is via the Hydian Way). The capital of Centares is Muracie.

The Centares enclosure is dominated by magnificent praries. A small recreation of the famous Rubyflame Lake and a lava tube has recently been completed. Rubyflame Lake has clear, shallow, geothermally-heated water colored red by suspended silica. Beyond Rubyflame Lake is a small lava tube that visitors can walk through.

The most popular animals at the exhibit come from Centares' famous aviary but other animal species are also represented.

Special Events and Features:

The Rubyflame Cafe overlooks a recreation of Rubyflame Lake and a small lava tube that guests may walk through.

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Haruun Kal, Dustig Sector - M17

Haruun Kal has many feline species, such as branch leopards and vine cats. Vine cats are large, felinoid reptomammals with razor-like claws and heavy tails. They can climb up cliffs and other vertical surfaces. They are found on Haruun Kal and Dromund Kaas as well as Ziost, and Taral V.

Other creatures include small, harmless tumblepups, tusk-pigs, ur-stags, akk-wolves, and other animals.

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Ithor, Ottega Sector, Lesser Plooriod Cluster - M6

The forested world of Ithor has one of the densest ecosystems in the galaxy. Ithorian religion is centered on the Mother Jungle.

The Ithorian enclosure has a small fraction of the diverse plant and animal life of Ithor. We have siblipedes which live on decaying leave matter at the bottom of the forests. The manollium birds eat the siblipedes and the arrak snakes eat the manollium birds. We also have a grove of bafforr trees. Bafforr trees are semi-sentient and have a hive mentality. Other Ithorian plants include the blue Ithorian rose.

Special Events and Features:

The Blue Rose and Ithorian Gift Shop, which rises above the enclosure like a herdship in the sky, offers fine Ithorian cuisine and sells Ithorian handicrafts and botanicals. Recordings of stereophonic Ithorian soloists and the rich harmonies of Ithorian symphonies are also for sale.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Lofquar, Chommell Sector - 016

Lofquar is one of 36 systems in the Chommell Sector. While it is overshadowed by Naboo, the capital of the Chommell Sector, Lofquar also has interesting flora and fauna.

The native flora and fauna of Lofquar includes the Lofquarian gooney bird.

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Kashyyyk, Mytaranor Sector - P9

Kashyyyk is a heavily forested world that was once a Rakatan world. The canopy quickly becomes inpenetrable as one travels inland and as one travels down to the dark forest bottoms. Rwookrrorro is the planetary capital. Thikkiiana is the largest center for high-tech industries and Kachirho is the ancient center for hyperspace mapping.

The large Kashyyyk enclosure is filled with giant wroshyr trees. The middle levels are populated with katarns and webweavers. The shadowy bottoms of the forest have phosphorescent life.

The native terentateks are fearsome, giant beasts on Kashyyyk.

Some beings are surprised to learn that there are banthas on Kashyyyk. The Kashyyyk greyclimber is a subspecies of banthas that have cranial bone plates instead of horns. Kashyyyk greyclimbers can climb wroshyr trees with their specially articulated toes.

There are also rontos on Kashyyyk. Rontos are large quadrupeds with long necks. Kashyyyk Rontos are darker than Rontos found on Nubia and Tatooine. Kashyyyk Rontos also have more elongated craniums and smaller ears than their better known cousins.

Can-cells are flying insects found on the planet. They are also found on Aleen, Ryloth, Rodia, and Teth.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas, Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, and Wookiepedia

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Malastare, Dustig Sector - N16

This is a diverse world with forests, wastelands, and steaming ponds of methane. This is the homeworld of the belligerent Dugs and the adopted homeworld of many Gran. The world is represented by the Gran in the Senate. Pixelito is the largest city.

The Malastare enclosure has a selection of native forest life and methane pond life. Native species include insectomorphs but the best known creatures are the zillo beasts. Zillo beasts are the largest life found on Malastare and can be 97 meters tall. They are semi-sentient, reptilian, serpentine creatures with a third arm growing out of their backs. We keep our zillo beasts very very happy. Do not worry. They can not see you because of our specially tinted enclosure. Zillo beasts are thought to be extinct on Malastare.

Imported species, such as mutated skettos and a pack of nexus (in a self-contained enclosure) are also present.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Naboo, Chommell Sector – O17

Naboo is a pleasant world of plains, mountains, and swamps. The native amphibious Gungans live separately from the descendants of the settlers from Grizmallt. Gungan society arose out of a conflict with the semi-sentient bursa quadrupeds. They also clashed with an earlier race of colonists, who vanished after leaving behind stone statues.

Due to the large size of some of Naboo's species, the Naboo enclosure is one of the larger exhibits at the Galactic Zoo. We have a large and exciting underwater area. Fish include the large, round tee, which are reddish in color. Look for the small yobshrimp that often live as parasites in the gills of the tee. Laa fish, which have long snouts, short teeth, dark green tops, orange stripes, and phosphoresent tips, eat the small yobshrimp. As you watch the yobshrimp interact with the tee fish, notice how the tee fish tolerate the laa fish. The tee fish do not bother the laa fish because the laa fish eat the yobshrimp that bother the tee fish. We also have orange and blue faynaas who are known for their fan-like tails. Opee sea killers eat laa, faa, see, and other fish. Opee sea killers are part fish and part crustacean and have armored exoskeletons and long tongues that can strike at unwary prey. During mating season the opee sea killers have interesting fin mating dances. Other marine predators can be found in separate marine enclosures. Colo claw fish are giant eel-like fish with scissor-hinged jaws and temporomandibular claws or foreclaws near the mouth to hold prey. Colo claw fish are the second largest of the marine predators on Naboo. In the deepest parts of our exhibit we also have sando aqua monsters. Female sando aqua monsters can grow to be 150 meters and males can be over 200 males. Sando aqua monsters can also strike at prey on swamp shorelines. Sando aqua monsters spend 90 per cent of their time resting on underwater outcroppings, digesting their meals.

The large underwater area runs seamlessly into the large swamp area. In our swamp area you can see ollopoms, green aquatic rodents that swim along the surface of swamps. The tops of the ollopoms mimic the poms they eat. Ollopoms have dense green fun, pom-like heads, and bloom-like tendrils that grow from their heads. We also have pom-hoppers, graceful brown and white dabbled herbivores with light bones and wide, webbed feet. The wide feet allow pom-hoppers to jump from large, green pom petals on the surface of the swamps. Ottas, small, playful mammals hunt fish, ollopoms, nyorks, and even pom-hoppers. There are also falumpasets, large herbivores with long, stilt-like legs for wading and swimming. They bellow at dawn and twilight. We also have a herd of ikopi, Ikopi are brown and white creatures with long legs, short necks, short horns, and long, tube-like tongues. They are runners and ford swamps rather than swim through them. Terazods are friendly, duck-billed brown creatures that nap on moist sandbanks. Hrumphs are thick-necked, bull-like herbivores with horns and sharp beaks. They get their name from the guttural sounds they make. The largest swamp herbivore is the fambaa. The fambaas are amphibians with the scaly hides of reptiles. They are used as beasts of burdens on Naboo.

Gullipuds are loose-skinned amphibians that can puff themselves up to make themselves harder to swallow. They bounce when inflated. Motts are striped, medium-sized, semi-aquatic herbivores that live in underground mudbank burrows. They have a high reproduction rate. Little tookes are cute, hopping, rodents with sensitive whiskers and large, black eyes that are useful in their nocturnal activities. Tookes also have a high reproductive rate.

Beautiful indigo-sapphire peko-peko birds eat nuts, kaadu eggs, and small creatures. Peko-pekos have raucous squawks that can be heard from far away. They can mimic the sounds of other animals. Pikobis are fast, flightless reptavians who poke through the mud for nyorks, daggert fish, small crustaceans, etc. Nunas or swamp turkeys are green, bipedal flightless reptavians with clawed feet. They are fast runners and can be very curious. But they are also known for their stupidity. There are two species of nunas: common nunas and dwarf nunas. Dwarf nunas are the size of common nuna chicks. Nunas have been exported around the galaxy and are popular as pets, egg layers, and as food. Kaadu are large, bipedal, flightless reptavians with stumpy tails. They can run or dive and swim underwater for up to two hours. Gungans have been known to ride kaadus.

In our plains area we have tusk-cats, regal grayish creatures with twin tusks growing from their mouths. Tusk-cats in the wild naturally herd shaaks, buoyant creatures with small heads and giant, rotund bodies. The tusk-cats kill one or two shaaks as needed for food. The people of Naboo have used this natural instinct and have domesticated tusk-cats. Gualamas are swift, white, horned herbivores who communicate basic messages, such as "where is the nearest water hole?" through postures and through tail positions. The people of Naboo ride both tusk-cats and gualamas. Guarlaras aer shaggy, equine animals that originated in the frozen lands of Naboo. Guarlaras are born white and become darker with age. Adult guarlaras are deep black. The shaggy underfur is shorn during the hotter months and is used in tapestries. Only royalty are allowed to ride the guarlaras. Twirrls are carnivorous, mammalian falconids that eat other avians, small rodents, and waterfowl. Greysors are carnivorous, four-legged primates with long tails, long faces, and long ears. Domesticated greysor species include the stubtail, bounder, and manadept species. We have wild greysors at the zoo. Voorpaks are small carnivores with round bodies, sharp teeth, and eight legs. They emit a soothing purr and have a pleasant scent, which makes them popular as pets. They are also known as excellent hand-warmers in cold climates. Although they are small they are known to be brave and loyal to their masters. We have wild voorpaks in our Naboo enclosure and domesticated voorpaks in our Younglings' Zoo.

Each ecological zone is connected so that our pod of aiwhas can fly over the entire area. Aiwhas are eight- to ten-meter long aquatic mammals who can also fly into the air. Aiwhas feed on krill and fish but they can also eat seaweed, kelp, and other marine plants. They have also been known to eat grass from the wetlands. Aiwhas have porous skulls with buoyancy chambers that they can fill with water during dives. When aiwhas wish to fly they can blow the water out of these chambers and launch themselves into the sky. Aiwhas also have airsack-like lungs and hollow bones to help them keep aloft.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas, Star Wars The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, and The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide.

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Ord Mantell, Bright Jewel Sector - L7

Ord Mantell was an Ordnance/Regional (O/RD) Depot during the Pius Dea Crusades 12,000 years ago, during the middle period of Republic expansion. At that time the planet was located in Wild Space. Settlements are clustered along the equatorial continents. The coastal city of Worlport is the capital.

The Ord Mantell enclosure includes the semi-sentient native species known as savrip. The savrips are known throughout the galaxy as the source for one of the playing pieces used in dejarik holo-chess.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas

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Pengalan, Anthos Sector - O8

(includes non-canonical information)

Pangalan is a desert world that is best known for its mines. Although most beings do not know about Pengalan's flora and fauna, we have brought the most interesting of their plants and animals to the Zoo for your enjoyment.

Look for Buteo birds, flightless Naharisi birds, and blue-tongued lizards amidst the Malki trees, Tika flowers, and Waita flowers. In the small marine area look for crimson-shelled crabs and Kalwa fish.

The non-canonical plant and animal information comes from: http://virtualkemet.com/DamarisAlexandros/librarie/kaiteri/pengalan.htm

Sector information from http://dev.swcombine.net/rules/?Galaxy_Map&systemID=56

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Senex and Juvex Worlds (Senex and Juvex Sectors) - L18

The Senex systems were founded by Thull Vandron and his wealthy Core Worlders around 1000 BBY. After the Senate failed to follow all of Thull Vandron's vision for the Ruusan Reformation, Thull and his followers headed for the Outer Rim. They conquered the existing civilizations of the Senex and Juvex systems and established their own isolationist government. The Senex and Juvex joined the Republic some time after 453 BBY.

The Senex and Juvex enclosure has a representative sample of wildlife from the diverse worlds of the region. There is an underwater section with the giant cetaceans of the waterworld of Doreen in the Senex system. Terrestrial subenclosures feature the 6-legged sensory hounds from Simoom, the popular felines from Adoris, and avian predators from Tranthellix that are known as Tranthebar mountain rippers and have 5-meter wingspans. One of the most popular creatures, the womback, is not actually native to the Senex and Juvex worlds. Instead, the womback comes from nearby Parada in the Hadar Sector. Womback stuffies are available for purchase at nearby gift shops.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas

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Outer Rim Territories

Bespin, Anoat Sector, Greater Javin Region - K18

Bespin is a gas giant that is best known for its supply of Tibanna gas and other poisonous gases. Mining operations proceeded colonization. The planet was only colonized within the last 1900 years. Cloud City was commissioned by Ecclessis Figg and built by Incom Corporation about 400 years ago. Other cities include Ugnorgrad and Tibannopolis.

But Bespin is also home to many exotic forms of life that live in the Bespin Life Zone. The Bespin Life Zone extends from approximately 150 to 180 kilometers down from space and includes oxygen, moderate temperatures, and moderate pressure.

Bespin's best-known fauna includes the giant gas-filled beldon. A single beldon can reach 10 kilometers in width. Gassy bladders keep them afloat and fleshy fins direct their propulsion. Herds of giant beldon live in the lower atmosphere, eating atmospheric plankton and chemicals with their long tendrils. Beldons turn these elements into Tibanna gas. Triggerbirds live in symbiosis with the beldons and shelter in their tendrils. Sack-like airsquid attach themselves to Beldons and then use their 18 tentacle tongues to gather airborne algae. Airsquid have two stubby wings that allow them to move about when necessary. Beldons are preyed upon by sharp-toothed velkers that prey on them.

Other creatures include winged Tibannucks that have long necks, snouts, and tails. They have two limbs that end in webbed, wing-like digits, red skin and blue eyes. Like many creatures on Bespin they subsist on Tibanna gas. Tibanna mynocks are like other mynocks except that they can breath Tibanna gas and, in fact, can consume Tibanna gas. Heliosts are Tibanna-eating avians with blue plumage. Jocorros have very delicate wings. Rawwks live in the upper atmosphere amongst "trees" of algae. They stun air shrimp and other prey with their loud calls. Their wings and tails are tipped with red and blue. Rawwks can nest on Beldons and live symbiotically with them. Crab gliders are Bespin carrion eaters. There are also clouds of phosphorescent algae and a herd of Alderaanean thrantas.

The creatures of Bespin's upper and lower atmosphere can be viewed from the comfort of sealed viewing platforms that face the enormous Bespin enclosure.

From: Wookiepedia and Star Wars: The Essential Atlas

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Chiron, Ash Worlds - T7

(Includes non canonical widlife)

The Ash Worlds have an ancient history. They first appear in galactic history as the Kiirium Reaches. The Kiirium Reaches were conquered by Xim before the founding of the Galactic Republic. At one time it was thought that the Kiirium Reaches included Centares but it was later discovered to be the Ash Worlds. The world of Chiron is home to the Chironians, a centauriform species.

The Chiron enclosure is dominated by grasslands and oceans. Notable land animals include the swift horse-like evros and the more plodding donkey-like yaidopaki, which are found in the grasslands and plains. Other creatures include the squirrel-like suslik, rabbit-like kuneli, and the nocturnal jackal-like esklidamos. Marine animals include the large zakynthahas sea turtle the many legged ohtapodi, and fish, such as the bakalyaros, the barbunya, and the melanuri. Bird-like creatures include the Mikri Prespa and the Piperi.

Chironian wildflowers are well known for blooming twice a year, in spring and autumn. Wildflowers include the Eye of Hippe (a silvery flower with a dark grey center), Giant Reed Flower (a green and white flower). Iricretica (in blue, purple, orange, golden, and green varieties), Ochrealuca (in white and yellow varieties), and Phyandra (in white, silver, pink, rose, magenta, violet, and cyan varieties), Some of these are mountain flowers and others belong to the extensive plains of Chiron.

Chiron is also known for its vine forests in the north. Look for Anavaki Vines, Dadia Mountain Vines, Kilimidia Vines, and Ostrya Vines in the enclosure.

From: Wookiepedia. All animal and plant information is completely made-up. I have also made up the oceans and vine forests.

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Corporate Sector (Ammuud, Bonadan, Deltooine, D'ian, Dra III, Duroon, Galleefryn, Mall'ordian, Maryo, Media, R'alla, Reltooine, etc.)

The first scouts from the Republic reached the Corporate Sector area in 4500 BBY. A few of the worlds, such as Etti and Ammuud, were already inhabited by the descendants of Core settlers. The Essionites and the near-human Ocsin are thought to be originally from the Tion Cluster. The future Corporate Sector was rarely visited until after the Hydian Way was established in 3693 BBY. But the area remained a backwater region until the Corporate Sector was founded in 490 BBY by various corporations. Not all of the planets in the Corporate Sector have retained their native plant and animal species.

Like other combined sector exhibits, the Corporate Sector enclosure consists of a large enclosure that has been subdivided into smaller enclosures that surround a central courtyard. The largest of the subenclosures is for the animals and plants of Ammuud. Ammuud was settled by Core Worlders from Thokos around 10,000 BBY. Ammuud is known for its giant pterosaurs. Pterosaurs are carnivorous flying reptiles. Pterosaurs are popular with younglings and pterosaur stuffies may be purchased at the gift shop in front of the enclosure and at the main gift shop at the zoo entrance.

Another popular subenclosure is the D'ian subenclosure. D'ian is a merchant world and a home to several business schools. It is also known as the home of D'ian orchid vines, which are plump and sweet-smelling.

Dra III is known for its fierce predators and big-game hunting reserves. You may see some of these predators at the Zoo. Look for examples of nashtahs, cal-serpents, and fullors in the Dra III enclosure.

Other subenclosures include one for the jungle world of Galleefryn II, the crystalline forests of Mall'ordian, and the market and hunting world of Maryo. The Maryo subenclosure features peckvas, which are ungulates hunted on Maryo, and several species of giant fish. Sportfishing is a popular occupation on Maryo.

Mall'ordian is famous to tourists because of its crystalline forests. There are also many mines on the planet.

Maryo is a market world with famous bazaars. In addition to shopping, the world is popular to people who hunt native ungulates known as peckvas and to those who enjoy sportfishing for colossal fish.

Special Events and Features:

The Maryo Bazaar is a large gift shop that sells pterosaur stuffies from Ammuud, cal-serpent stuffies from Dra III, and peckva stuffies from Maryo. It also sells D'ian orchid vines, miniature crystalline forest statues and wall screens from Mall'ordian, and fine glow-pearls, fire nodes, and nova-crystals from Duroon. Perhaps the most popular items are the repulsor-lift chairs for weary visitors. The repulsor-lift chairs are made on Media.

The Maryo Bazaar and the Corporate Sector Enclosure are sponsored by the Corporate Sector Authority.

Information: Star Wars The Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia.

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Dagobah, Sluis Sector - M19

Exotic Dagobah is a swampy, uninhabited, often overlooked world known only to a few zoo aficionados. The Galactic Zoo is proud to have the largest sample of Dagoban life outside of Dagobah.

Our swampy enclosure is filled with massive, sharp-clawed dragonsnakes, Dagobah pythons, and other creatures. We have carnivorous amphibians, such as the nharpira and the morp. Aerial creatures include jubba birds and reptilian bogwings. There are also giant, vacuum-feeding swamp slugs and schools of silverfish.

Mammals include the spot-light sloth. The spot-light sloth has phosphorescent patches on their chests. When they shine their light on lahdia plants, the plants open their leaves and reveal their berries and flowers, which the sloths then eat.

One of the odder lifeforms are the gnarltrees. Gnarltrees are spider-like hunters that calcify into tree-like roots as they get older.

Plants in the enclosure include lahdia plant, with its reddish flowers, and luminescent mosses.

The viewing area for this enclosure is in a separate, self-contained enclosure that is set to a slightly higher but still pleasant temperature, unlike the pungent, steamy enclosure that houses the animal and plant life of Dagobah.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide.

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Dantooine, Raioballo Sector - L4

Dantooine is a remote world that is far from all hyperlanes. It was occupied by the Rakata 30,000 years ago. The planet is filled with savannas, steppes, and rivers. The local Dantari, who may be descended from a long-forgotten homeworld, are nomadic iriaz herders.

The Dantooine enclosure has lovely ocher plains and thorny-trunked trees. Animal species include nettars, which are herbivores, and iriaz. Iriaz have two horns that extend behind their heads and do not have hooves. Thunes are large, grey herbivores with two nose-like trunks and ears that fan out like a halo around a thune's head. The balloon-like fabool come from the savannahs of Dantooine. They look like big balls with tiny eyes, ears, feet, and wings. The fabool live in danger of being punctured by native blba trees. Some fabool are found on Mindabaal where they may have originally been taken as pets. Pikets are large, long-necked, slow-moving, reptilian animals.

Predator and carnivore species include the purple-blue stalker lizards, which eat nettars, and voritor lizards, which are poisonous lizards. Voritor lizards can also be found on Dathomir. The Kinrath are arachnoids found on Dantooine and Kashyyyk. Most are light yellowish brown but some can be orange or green. They are poisonous and blind. Hive Kinrath live underground on Dantooine.

Dantooine also has kath hounds. Kath hounds are large, furred canines with cloven hooves. They are often found as pets on Coruscant. Horned kath hounds are even larger and more aggressive. They have a tusk that grows from either side of the head and a horn that grows on the top of the head. Albino kath hounds are very rare but we have one example at the Zoo. Huurtons are another canine species from Dantooine. Huurtons are known for their armored backs, heads, and small tusks. The females do most of the hunting. Huurton howlers are another species of canines.

From: Star Wars The Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Endor, Moddell Sector - H16

It is easy to overlook Endor. Endor is a tiny world in the midst of a massive galaxy. But Endor has an astonishing diversity of life.

The Forest Moon of Endor, also known as the Sanctuary Moon, orbits the planet of Endor. It is home to a diminutive race of furry beings known as the Ewoks, as well as Yuzzums and other creatures.

You can see Cambylictus trees in the Endor enclosure. Cambylictus trees are giant trees that grow on Endor. You can see these same trees in our Naboo exhibit in the swamp section. These trees produce camby berries, which are enjoyed by the natives.

But Endor is best known for its wildlife. In our enclosure you can see Bark lizards, Blasé tree goats, Blurrgs, Boar-wolves, Bordok, Caranak, Churi, Condor dragons, Geejaws, Guapas (Ewok ponies), Gurreck, Korrina, Kurnbeasts, Lantern birds, Munyip, Octucor, Quarf, Rakazzak beasts, and Yayax.

From: Wookiepedia

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Eriadu, Seswenna Sector - M18

Eriadu sits at the intersection of the Hydian Way and the Rimma Trade Route. In the past it was best known for its delicate shellwork jewelry. Then five powerful families from Corulag emigrated to Eriadu 900 years ago. These families transformed Eriadu and built great shipyards and factories. Now Eriadu is "the Coruscant of the Outer Rim" with accents that are "more Core than Core". Its landmasses and shallow seas are now heavily polluted.

While many of Eriadu's unique lifeforms have become extinct over the millennia, some of them have survived in fine zoos, such as the Nallastia Zoo near Fondor in the Tapani Sector. The Galactic Zoo is proud to have the largest surviving collection of Eriaduan life outside of Eriadu. The Galactic Zoo even has Eriaduan flow-mollusks, which are extinct on Eriadu. At the enclosure you can also see the Eriaduan Rat, a brown, six-legged rat that can still be found on Eriadu and Koros Major. We also have septoids or Ja Field septoids, which are non-poisonous seven-legged insects that can also be found on Eriadu.

Special Events and Features:

The Eriadu Gift Shop outside of the exhibit sells faux Eriaduan shellwork jewelry and polished lommite ore from Eriadu. As befits the "Coruscant of the Outer Rim", objects from other Outer Rim worlds can also be found at the Eriadu Gift Shop. These items include tauntaun stuffies from Hoth and bantha stuffies from Tatooine.

From: Star Wars The Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Felucia, Felucia System - R6

The Force-attuned Felucians have kept a low profile in the galaxy but their planet is known as being the headquarters of the Commerce Guild. Major settlements include Kway Teow and Niango. Felucia is a key world on the Perlemian Trade Route and it has often been fought over.

Of more interest to zoo aficionados is Felucia's plant life. Felucia is a jungle planet known for its larger-than-life flora that appear in almost every color of the rainbow. Felucia is also known for its nasty bacteria and fungus. The viewing area next to the Felucia enclosure is totally self-contained. There are also multiple filters and force fields between you and the Felucia enclosure.

In our Felucia enclosure we have house-sized pitchers, carnivorous blossoms that drip honey, poisonous puff-balls, phosphorescent lichens, mushroom caps, and spore shooters that send showers of spores into the jungle. Many of Felucia's animals are boneless see-through animals that look like blobs of gelatin. The giant gelagrub is one of many Felucian slugs that leave slick trails behind. Tube worms squirm about in steamy lagoons and prism-bodied avians hunt for seeds in the hot air.

Imported species include the jungle rancor, a brightly colored subspecies of rancor, and tee-muss, a domesticated species from Onderon. Tee-muss were brought to Felucia as battle mounts.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Geonosis, Arkanis Sector - R16

Geonosis is the desert homeworld of a sentient, winged, insectoid species.

In our Geonosis enclosure you can see massiffs, fanged reptiles with thick, brown hides. Massiffs hunt in packs and can rear on their legs to better attack their prey. They eat sand snakes and other creatures. Massiffs can be found on many Outer Rim worlds, including Tatooine. It is thought that the homeworld of the massiffs is either Geonosis or Tatooine. The Geonosian artistocracy have domesticated massiffs and use them as symbols of their power. Massiffs have also been domesticated by the Tusken Raiders of Tatooine.

Geonosians have also domesticated orrays. Orrays are large quadrupeds with leathery skins, long snouts, and tail stingers. The tail stingers are amputated when the creatures are domesticated. The dull color of the orrays allows them to blend in with the landscape. Wild orrays used to eat the eggs laid by the sentient Geonosians. Orrays are now used as mounts in the Geonosian areans.

We also have sand snakes and other Geonosian creatures in the Geonosian set of enclosures.

From: Star Wars The New Essential Guide to Alien Species.

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Hoth, Anoat Sector - K18

This lonely, frozen world is not without life. The Hoth enclosure is an icy tableau with ice scrabblers, Hoth hogs, and ice worms that carve through the ice looking for algae.

There are also several species of tauntauns. Tauntauns are warm-blooded reptomammals with blubber and scaly hides. They have two sets of nostrils that warm the air in turns. They stand in a bipedal fashion on tridactyl feet. Of the 15 known species of tauntauns, the Zoo has common or giant tauntauns, glacier tauntauns, and climbing tauntauns. Glacier tauntauns are rangier and more sparsely furred than the common tauntaun. Glacier tauntauns are also known for their high-pitched, comical speech. Climbing tauntauns can climb up sheer rock faces and caves.

The top predator on Hoth are the wampas. Wampas are carnivorous reptomammals that can move on two or four feet.

Adult and baby tauntaun stuffies and adult and baby wampa stuffies are available at the Eriadu Gift Store.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide.

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Imynusoph, Kallea sector - J21

Imynusoph is a jungle planet at the end of the Hydian Way. Friea Kallea surprised two Neimodians on this planet after the Neimodians had imprisoned her for 6 years. Banu Hydia, the scout from Duros, died on Imynusoph 3700 years ago. Imynusoph is inhabited by the local Imyni.

Our enclosure is filled with jungle planets and animals from Imynusoph. In the background you can see the temple feast that Kallea set as a trap for the Neimodian scouts.

From: Wookiepedia.

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Kubindi, Calaron Sector - T-9

Kubindi, home of the snout-nosed Kubaz, orbits a blue star. All life on Kubindi has adapted to the light of its sun, Ku’Bakai. Our enclosure simulates the light of this star for the benefit of the flora and fauna. The light from the visitor section can not penetrate the enclosure.

Kubindi is rich in insect life. Insects include decalegs, fieldhoppers, greenflies, brown kurets, black scarpyen, and sun beetles.

From: Wookiepedia.

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Mandalore, Mandalore Sector - O7

The world of Mandalore was settled by Taung warriors from Coruscant 7000 years ago. They quickly killed off the giant mythosaurs and other fierce wildlife. Now Mandalore is the home of the famous Mandalorian warriors. The world was once filled with jungles, deserts, and seas, although centuries of fighting has led to the creation of a mostly desert terrain.

Fortunately for the mythosaurs, the Jedi Exploration Core brought some mythosaurs and other wildlfie to the Galactic Zoo before the arrival of the Taung/Mandalorians. The Galactic Zoo is the last home for the mythosaurs.

More typical lifeforms on Mandalore include the Shriek-hawks or jai’galaar. They are a predatory bird native to Mandalore. **There are also feral descendants of life brought from Coruscant by the Taung Warriors.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia. **This is an educated guess.

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Mirial, Illisurevimurasi or Siel Sector – Q4

Mirial is the cold, dry homeworld of the Mirialans, a near-human species. They joined the galactic community before 3951 BBY. The planet is dominated by high plateaus, mountains, and cold, white sand deserts. Houses are sculpted from sand by pouring scalding hot water over the sand to shape it into the desired formation. The sand then freezes into shape. Other houses are made from sandstone.

The enclosure is one of the colder enclosures in the zoo. Visitors may rent warm clothing before entering the exhibit. The dominant form of plant life is called Kellsh. Kellsh live on the surface of frozen lakes and collect sunlight and microscopic airborne organisms for nourishment. Kellsh roots melt the ice through weak chemical reactions to get water.

Animal life includes several herbivores. The best known and largest of the herbivores are known as the rentish. The rentish have drab green skins and large amounts of fat and blubber around the eyes. The blubber hinders the animal's eyesight but protects the eyes from the sandstorms. The heavy steps of the six-legged creature are used for echolocation. Echolocation augments the animal's poor eyesight. Once the rentish have located stalks of kellsh, the creature's long tongue and chemically heated teeth are used to melt the ice and suck up the Kellsh roots.

In a separate area of the enclosure are the predators of Mirial. The best known predator is the Maka. The maka is a large creature with soft, curly olive fur. The creatures look like large, furred, olive lizards. They have dark green hairless spines that poke up from the back. The maka walk in a sideways, loping gait [like a Komodo Dragon].

Information from Wookiepedia and http://swrpg.wikispaces.com/Mirial

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Mon Calamari/Dac, Calamari Sector – U6

The official name for this world is Mon Calamari but the inhabitants call the world Dac. It is home to the Mon Calamari, the tentacle-faced Quarren, who live in the ocean depths, the cetacean whaladons, and the hive-minded jellies called moappa. The largest cities include the floating cities of Coral City and Foamwander and the seafloor bases of Aquarius and Coral Depths.

Some underwater enclosures hold predators, such as razor-toothed krakanas. Other native fauna include eel-like choarn, Dac anchovies, exosquidra, lampfish, and sea slugs.

While individual moappa are not sentient, groups of oceanic moappa are sentient so we do not have any in our enclosure.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiedpeida

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Mustafar, Atravis Sector - L19

Mustafar was once a pleasant, green world located on the offshoot of the Rimma Trade Route called the Tosste Spur. Over 5300 years ago the Jedi had a training center on the planet. At that time the world was considered to be in Wild Space. The Jedi sent some specimens of Mustafarian wildlife to the Galactic Zoo. Fortunately, the Galactic Zoo accepted the animals and created an enclosure for them. The descendants of these creatures can now be found in the Historic Mustafar enclosure.

A second, smaller enclosure supports modern Mustafarian life. The Sith attacked the area almost 4000 years ago. The gas giant, Lefrani, was tugged out of orbit and brought closer to Mustafar. The planet of Mustafar was then torn between the orbits of the gas giant Jestefad and the new interloper, Lefrani. The crust was pulled apart as giant lava flows filled the land.

Modern Mustafarian life consists of hive-minded kubaza beetles that consume minerals, lava fleas, and jawenko beasts. We also have tulrus, which are large, egg-laying beasts with four ivory tusks.

The native Mustafarians evolved into the spindly northern Mustafarians, who live at the north pole, and the squat southern Mustafarians, who live along the equator. Some have made a connection between the Mustafarians and the snout-nosed Kubaz of Kubindi.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Ossus, Adega System, Auril Sector - R6

The very earliest Jedi had a settlement on this Perlemian world over 25,000 years ago. The world was full of evergreens and moss-covered rocks. The Sith destroyed Ossus and its Jedi center almost 4000 years ago when they exploded the Cron Cluster. Ossus is now a forgotten world.

Fortunately, the Jedi brought many samples of the evergreens, mosses, and animal life of Ossus in the years before the planet was destroyed. The descendants of these species continue to thrive in the Galactic Zoo.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas

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Rodia, Tyrius System, Savareen Sector - R16

Rodia is a steaming world of jungles and oceans. Bodies of water include Rodiak Ocean and Wesessa Sea. The local Rodians are a warring species that like to hunt and build weapons of war. Cities include clan-dominated capitals like Iskayuma.

The Rodian enclosure includes swamp predators like the bog-dwelling ghest and the Rodian karstag. The scaled Rodian karstag has webbed feet for use in swamps and bodies of water. We also have kwazel maw, which are like large swamp slugs with bioluminescent markings. Svapers are eel-like predators who drown and then eat their prey whole.

Insectoid life includes the giant can-cell, which can also be found on Aleen, Kashyyyk, Ryloth, and Teth. They may be native to Kashyyyk or Teth.

From: Star Wars The Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Ryloth, Gaulus Sector - R17

Ryloth, the homeworld of the Twi'lek, is dominated by scorched wastelands and frozen landscapes. Most inhabitants live in the temperate zones. Spaceports include Lessu and Kala'uun.

The Ryloth enclosure is divided into a hot zone, a temperate zone, and a frozen zone.

In our Bright Lands exhibit we have the lylek, a fierce, armored insectoid predator. Gutkurrs are two-legged red and orange reptilian predators. They have sickle-shaped claws.

The Nightlands host other lifeforms, including beautiful crystalline forests.

The doashim are cave-dwelling predators that have horns, red eyes, and sharp claws.

The rycrit are short-furred domesticated quadrupeds that are used for their hides and meat. Rycrit herds are found wherever there are Twi’lek.

Can-cells are giant flying insects that are also found on Kashyyyk, Rodia, and other worlds.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Sullust, Brema Sector - M17

Sullust is a volcanic world on the Rimma Trade Route. The native Sullustans are known as excellent navigators. The Sullustans evolved in subterranean tunnels below the volcanic surface. Their eyes became large to pick up the faint light and their ears became large to better determine the direction of faint sounds.

The main Sullustan enclosure is a subterranean enclosure with edible lichen gardens and cave pool life. One of the smaller subterranean creatures are the Drutash grubs, which the Sullustans consider to be a delicacy. You can also see Mellcrawlers. Dugos are small, subterranean predators. Seluss is a type of Sullustan snake. Noors are one of the most graceful of the subterranean denizens. Noors are rarely seen, even on Sullust, but we have many in our Zoo. Alvs are butterfly-like creatures.

Other Sullustan creatures include the popular sand cat. The sand cat grins when it is well fed. Please do not feed the sand cats. Miims are beasts of burden on Sullust while patkas are food animals.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas and Wookiepedia

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Tatooine, Arkanis Sector - R16

The distant, desert world of Tatooine was once a lush world inhabited by the Rakata. Now it is filled with exotic wildlife that have evolved to deal with the heat of Tatooine's twin suns.

Banthas are found on many worlds but Tatooine is thought to be the homeworld of the banthas. They appear in ancient pictographs on Tatooine. Banthas are giant, furred mammals. Each herd is led by a matriarch. Banthas live to be 80 to 100 years old. They weigh 50 kilograms at birth and can weigh 4000 kilograms as an adult. They can carry at least five human-sized passengers or 500 kilos of cargo. Banthas have a rocking gait when they walk. Bantha passengers have been known to complain about motion sickness when riding a bantha. Bantha females are pregnant for 30 months at a time. A bantha is considered an adult at age 20. Male bantha horns usually complete two horn spirals during the lifetime of the animal. Females average one horn spiral during their lifetime. Banthas are known to carry their dead sevearl kilometers to a bantha graveyard. There are several species of banthas. At the zoo we have the common bantha (Banta majorus), the dwarf bantha, and the dune bantha. The dwarf bantha is skittish and shy and lives in the canyongs and cliff areas of remote deserts. It is approximately the size of a six or seven year old common bantha. The dune bantha is more slender and less furry than the common bantha. The dune bantha can survive in the fierce, equatorial zones of Tatooine where there is very little water. The dune bantha is approximately the size of a 23 year old common bantha. Banthas are herbivores. On Tatooine they eat sand lichen mats.

Eopies are quadrupedal herbivores that depend on buried lichens and tubers for moisture. They have hinged skulls and very flexible, elongated snouts that allow them to root out their food. They have broad, shock-absorbing feet and elbow and knee calluses that allow them to rest on hot, desert sands. They spit the undigested contents of their stomachs when angry.

Dewbacks are large reptiles that stay hydrated by licking the dew off each others' backs. They also eat cacti roots for water. Back licking reinforces the bonds between animals. They are omnivores and eat desert sages, underground tubers, baby womp rats, and scurriers. Dewbacks are slow creatures but they can run up to 50 kph for a brief period of time. They are usually gray or brown but they can also be dull red and blue. They can change their color to match the environment. The most common type of dewback is the lesser dewback, which can be used as a mount. Cannibal dewbacks are similar in color but are larger. Cannibal dewbacks are dangerous and sometimes eat newly hatched dewbacks. Grizzled dewbacks are even larger. They are found in the Jundland Wastes and have a grizzled, patchy hide. Mountain dewbacks are almost as calm as domesticated dewbacks. They can be used as pack animals and mounts. Dewbacks are also popular for their meat and skins. Dewbacks will not breed in captivity and they are rarely seen outside of Tatooine. We are pleased to have two lesser dewbacks, a cannibal dewback, a grizzled dewback, and two mountain dewbacks in our enclosure.

Rontos are tall, skittish mammals that live in the plateaus of the high deserts. Their long necks help them reach desert lichens and mosses on the high canyon walls. They have two sets of ears. The longer set of ears helps them hear low frequencies and helps with heat dissapation. They have a good sense of hearing and smell but they have poor eyesight. This makes them easily startled. They need a lot of water but their skins shed excess heat. This makes them useful in desert worlds like Tatooine. Jawas use them as beasts of burden. They generally ride them in the desert wildernesses where their skittishness is less of a problem. Rontos are also found on Nubia and elsewhere.

Rock warts and krayt dragons are desert predators.

From: Star Wars the Essential Atlas, The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, and Wookiepedia.

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Utapau, Tarabba Sector - N19

Utapau is an arid world whose population survives in massive sinkholes. The short, stubby Utai are the labor force and the taller, longlived Pau'ans are the administrators. The two species have long lived in harmony together.

The most popular of species of Utapau are the varactyls. The varactyls are herbivores with clawed feet that allows them to clamber up the cliff faces. The Utai domesticated the varactyls and use them as mounts. The varactyls are genetically related to the fierce dactillions. Dactillions are carnivorous, four legged avian lizards who preyed on the Utapauns in prehistoric times. The dactillions were domesticated by the Utai after they domesticated the varactyls. The dactillions were domesticated by offering the creatures fresh meat in exchange for transportation from sink hole to sink hole. Ginnthos or Utapaun spiders can also be found at the enclosure. Ginnthos are large spiders with 6 spinnerets. They are able to produce a strong silk.

From: Star Wars the Complete Visual Dictonary and Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species.

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Yavin 4, Gordian Reach Sector - P6

Yavin 4 is the fourth moon orbiting the gas planet, Yavin. Yavin 4 is a jungle moon where wide rivers and streams have cut into the volcanic rock to form valleys and gorges. The Massassi used to live on Yavin 4. Now only their temples remain.

Yavin 4 has a large variety of plants and animals. Plant life at the enclosure includes Massassi trees, blue leaf shrubs, climbing ferns, and nebula orchids. Animal life includes the semi-intelligent woolamander. Woolamanders are bluish, primate-like mammals with yellow stripes and tails that have not one but three fan tails. Sintarils are the tree-dwelling rodents that prey on woolamanders. We also have runyips, which are large, ground-based herbivores. They have white bodies with brownish stripes. Whisper birds have brilliant yellow or orange-yellow plumage. They can fly silently through the air. Their song is low but sweet.

From: The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide.

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Wild Space and Extragalactic Space

Kamino, Extragalactic Space - S15

Kamino is an ancient planet that orbits a star high above the galactic disk at the lower end of the Rishi Maze. The planet was once landlocked, with eels and cetaceans in narrow oceans and land-based mammals living in the low-lying marshes. A sentient race known as the Kaminoans arose along the coasts and built cities, such as Derem. But 19,000 years ago the glaciers melted and all land masses were covered in hundreds of meters of saltwater within 200 years. Through heroic means, the Kaminoans and some of their flora and fauna survived.

Kamino has only been known to the galactic community for the last 4500 years so the Galactic Zoo only has post-climate change animals. These creatures include the Kaminoan aiwha. The Kaminoan aiwha is descended from the aiwha of Naboo, which can grow to be 8 to 10 meters long and have 20 - 30 meter wings. Kaminoan aiwhas are resistant to electric shock and thus can withstand the frequent electrical storms on Kamino. But the aiwha prefer to dive into the oceans to avoid the electrical storms. The Kaminoans use aiwhas to travel from stilt city to stilt city or to dive down to the ocean bottoms on religious pilgrimages to the drowned cities of their ancestors.

The Kamino enclosure is a self-enclosed aquatic enclosure filled with Kaminoan sea life. A holographic version of Derem and the Clock Spires of Harai Nova can be seen in the quiet depths of the enclosure. Frequent storms sweep the surface of the exhibit.

From: Star Wars: The Essential Atlas and Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species.

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Kilia IV, Kilia System, Wild Space - I8

Kilia IV is a mountainous world with badlands and a single, lush valley. It was settled by Core Worlders more than 1000 years ago, perhaps during the Draggulch Period, but contact has since been lost with the planet.

The descendants of some of the creatures from Kilia IV continue to thrive at the Galactic Zoo. The best known of Kilia’s creatures are the Kilian Banthas, which are native to the planet. Kilian banthas are three meters tall at the shoulder and are built for traveling up steep, rocky slopes. Their fur is thicker and longer than fur found on the common bantha. Some of the shrubs and other plant life that are eaten by the Kilian Bantha are also included in the exhibit.

From: Wookiepedia

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Minos Cluster (Adarlon, Eliad, Karideph, Yelsain etc.), Wild Space - M20

The Minos Cluster enclosure is a single dome that has been subdivided into different compartments that surround a central courtyard and seating area. By far the largest of the compartments is the Yelsain compartment. That exhibit is located at the far end of the central courtyard. This allows visitors to get a glimpse of the other fine subenclosures on their way to the main Yelsain exhibit.

What visitor has not heard of the famous Tree Men of Yelsain who live in the trees and who have conquered the wildlife of Yelsain? Of course, the Tree Men of Yelsain would be more likely to say that they co-exist with the wildlife rather than that they have conquered it. Yelsain is a heavily forested world where the animals have grown to enormous sizes due to the low gravity of the planet. The exhibit features some of the tree life as well as some of the predatory animals that live on the ground. The most famous and dangerous of these ground creatures are the trogliths and the garaths. The holos of Adarlon have made the conflicts of the early settlers and the trogliths and garaths famous.

Information from: A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Star Wars Galaxy Guide 6: Tramp Freighters, and Wookiepedia.

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Skye, Varada Sector, Wild Space - H19

Skye, also known as Marat V, a violent, seismically active world, is home to the winged S'kytri. The green and blue-skinned S'kytri of the Highland and Lowland Clans have banned S'kytri of other colors. The Outland Clans have red and orange skin and are looked down on by the other S'kytri.

According to S'kytri tradition, blorgworms, five-headed gogitols, and blood-sucking creatures dominated the chaotic world until Hormaket the Vanquisher led the S'kytri against the creatures. Only after the foul beasts were imprisoned in Entrymion, a series of subterranean caves, was civilization safe.

If you look closely in our subterranean exhibit you can see the descendants of the gogitols, five-headed carnivorous creatures from Skye. The Galactic Zoo is the only place outside of Skye to have these creatures.

Aerial creatures from Skye include Skingles. The S'kytri hunt the winged Skingles for food.

Information from Wookiepedia.

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Intergalactic Life

Intergalactic silicon-based life can be found in places with almost no atmosphere, such as in asteroid belts and small moons. In our silicon-based life enclosure we have two examples.

One is the giant space slug, which can anchor itself in a cavern and digest the rock around it. They reproduce by fission and petrify into a cave when they die.

In addition we have mynocks. Some say mynocks arose on Ord Mynock. Mynocks are silicon-based parasites that feed on the space slug's veins and interstinal lining. They also eat power cables and energy conductors. They live on stellar energy and electromagnetic force. Most species can not live in the presence of helium and so are unable to live in most planetary atmospheres. Vynocks, however, can breathe air and are found in the Kalarba system in the Mid Rim and Corellia in the Core Worlds. They reproduce by fission.

From: The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide and Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species.

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Created July 4, 2012.
Updated July 17, 2015 and May 28, 2016.

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