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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Dragon Pen Keepers - Fire Zone

Dependent on the zone they work for in Dragon Zoo the Dragon Pen Keepers need a variety of equipment to stay safe from harm.

Today I'll show you what the Dragon Pen Keeper at the Fire Zone looks like.

Firstly, it's the Dragon Zoo Fire Zone. Sounds dangerous, is dangerous! Our pen keepers have been thoroughly trained with a variety of techniques to be able to survive in the pens alongside some of the most fearsome and terrifying fire breathing dragons. The Welsh Inferno has the hottest jets of flame and an aggravated or scared Inferno dragon can cause a lot of damage if they aren’t prepared. Our other fire breather is the English Tyrant. His fire breath isn’t as hot as the Inferno but the Tyrant does come with the added problems of claws, speed and ferociousness. Also, if more than one Tyrant decides to attack at the same time, even the most fire retardant equipment we provide can’t survive the extreme heat of more than one jet of flame.

In the early days of keeping the dragons we needed to try and source the best of the world’s technology as discreetly as possible so as to not draw suspicion but also to ensure that Dragon Zoo would be as safe as possible.

We imported high tensile steel, heat resistant clay tiling (used on space shuttles) and heat resistant glass panelling. The combination of materials came at a great cost but fortunately the budget behind our project was easy enough to come by once we let the people with the money see our dragons!

So, our pens are safe and heat resistant but what about our poor staff that have to go in there and clean them, replace food supplies and check on the dragon’s health? We did some early tests on the suits we were going to use. We bought some fire resistant suits that Formula One racing drivers and pit crew wear. In one of them we stuffed it full of raw meat and dropped it into the Tyrant pen. It took three Tyrants less than 4 seconds to completely incinerate the suit. And this fire protective clothing was some of the best on the planet! We had to come up with a better idea. SO, we make our Dragon Zoo Pen Keepers wear TWO suits.

Mission complete!

These guys and girls are so brave to do what they do but we only employ the best and they absolutely love their jobs. They wear the double layered fireproof nomex suits with fireproof helmets. It is only their skill and animal behaviour expertise which prevents them from being attacked by Tyrants and saving them from the wrath of their claws.

Here are some pictures of the suits that they wear sourced from the internet forums and formula one archives:

If you have any questions on Dragon Zoo please email me! Lucy.arnold@dragon-zoo.com

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Thursday, 20 January 2011

How To Train Your Dragon

What is happening with the world?! One minute everything seems normal and the next it's all gone dragon crazy! Dragon sightings, Dragon movies and Dragon Zoo!

Seeing as it’s been such a long time since dragons were in the spotlight I thought I’d share my thoughts on a film I finally got around to seeing the other day.

Anyone else seen How To Train Your Dragon?

Firstly, I’m very happy that a film about a dragon was released at the cinema and managed to do so well. It was such a heart warming and interesting film and wasn’t just the animated comedy blueprint that I was expecting from the advertising campaign and the trailers.

Of course Dragon Zoo is a completely different beast altogether, in our world we have dragons and humans in the 21st century. Fighting, battling and struggling to co-exist. Similar themes definitely, but How To Train Your Dragon does the classic tale of Vikings and Dragons. It was set back in a time which we don’t know about from our own experiences, that we can’t easily picture without the imagination of the animators.

I loved the film overall and the Viking theme. The only thing that made me wince a bit was Hiccup’s injury and the fact he seems to fly Toothless like he is a piece of machinery, an aircraft, rather than a living animal. I wouldn’t recommend jumping on the back of an English Tyrant Dragon and trying to hitch a ride!

I’m also pleased that the unique aspect of Dragon Zoo has remained intact. Our dragon story is continually moving forward and what I like about ours is the fact it is completely with the times. Just wait until our full book is released; you’ll see just how much excitement and action can happen in places that you might even have visited yourself! Our modern setting means that we’re doing some a little different, a little bit original. Instead of going to another time zone to see dragons; be it the past (HTTYD, Dragonheart) or the future (Reign of Fire) we’re bringing the dragon to us. Now. Present Day.

Stay tuned to Dragon Zoo for more updates and more news on the story and our latest dragon pictures.

Happy new year to everyone,

Lucy Arnold

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Monday, 17 January 2011

The Night Of the Prowlers

The Prowler Dragon lurks in the shadows. It is dark, silent and deadly.

Check out the gripping story which reveals the true power of the Prowler Dragon here

Stan Morrison has created a fantastic image of Dragon Zoo's Prowler Dragon, check it out below!

You can view Stan's DeviantArt profile for more images and Dragon Zoo dragons here


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