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The real world

The virtual immersion habitats and virtual animals at the Institute of Critical Zoologists

The day has passed delightfully. Delight itself however is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist who, for the first time, has andered by himself in a Brazilian forest.... to a person fond of natural history, such a day as this brings with it a deeper pleasure then he can ever hope to experience again.

Charles Darwin


One of the goals of the ICZ is to collaborate in the creation of enriching and sustainable environments for people, plants and animals. The Real World, a project by the ICZ specializes in the appreciation of the natural world without exploiting it directly at a spectacle level.

The Real World uses virtual reality-enhanced cognitive behavior interaction to interact with participants. It places you in a computer-generated world where you experience the various stimuli related to the stimulated environment. You will wear a head-mounted display to receive visual cues. Stereo cues are built into the environment along with temperature and smell censors. All simulators have surround sound, incredible realistic visual systems to provide you with an amazing sensation that will have you believing you are really in the recreated habitat.

Our dedicated team of 45 zoologists and programmers on the site are highly experienced individuals that have been operating together for many years.

The Real World also train zoologists in the field on animal observation techniques. Our animals are pre-programmed from various research that has documented the behaviour of the animals and offers tremendous educational value to our participants.

Respect and fear

One of the unique experiences The Real World creates is the stimulated fear that wild animals bring in real life. The Real World attempts to recreate a real life scenario with exotic species which shys and attacks human when threatened.




mr toyo

Simulation of mountain top, The Real World development laboratory, Mr Toyo, 2008


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