Thursday, October 11, 2007


Battlezoo. An institution. A way of life. Now, a blog.

Originally conceptualized as a gigantic, free-form nature preserve where humans would pay to fight animals, Battlezoo was one of Western civilization's last great ideas. Construction began on a remote South Pacific island in late 1947 and was completed four years later, with close to seventy thousand individual creatures brought in from every continent on the planet.

Set to open on July 17th, 1951 - the tenth anniversary of its conception - the Zoo never actually saw the light of day. On July 15th, legal issues, lack of investor interest and violent animal rights protests led to the complete abandonment of Battlezoo and relegated it to the obscure annals of history.

The animals still roam the island today, locked in an eternal showdown.

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