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The first part of Island Excursions has been released.

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Artifex Mailbox for January 11th, 2008:

We are preparing to embark upon an excursion to travel the oceans in search tropical paradise! We hope to sail away into the tropics and discover the isles hiding within. The Hawaiian Islands and Papua New Guinea are just a few of the places we plan to explore, seeing such animals as the Hawaiian Monk Seal and the Northern Cassowary as they live in their lush and vibrant homes. We will be documenting our trips and showing you all of the wondrous plants and animals we see. Once we set sail we'll be sure to send information.

Announcing: Zoo Tycoon 2: ISLAND EXCURSIONS

Press Release for October 1st, 2007:

Artifex is proud to present the release of the long-awaited Arabian Nights expansion pack for Zoo Tycoon 2! Please read the full story here! Featuring 20 new and exciting animals from around the Arabia region, as well as all new foliage, scenery, tour objects and themed objects imported from Civilization IV, this usermade expansion promises to fill your zoos full of Arabian wonder and mystery, delighting zoo builders and their guests alike!  To download this new expansion click on the Downloads link to the left.
Press Release for 12th September, 2007:
The Arabian Nights expansion pack will be available soon, during the festival of Ramadan: مضان Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered the most blessed month during the year. The expansion contains many designs, themes, and animals from areas where Islam is the major religion, so to honor this, the expansion pack will be released during this blessed time.

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Artifex Brings Arabia to You This Fall!, July 4th, 2007:

The much anticipated, first user made expansion for the Zoo Tycoon 2 franchise, Arabian Nights, has finally been given a broad time of when to expect its release. Due out this fall, the expansion boasts 20 new and exciting animals from seven different biomes, most of which feature at least minor model changes. With the excitement brewing over edited Marine Mania models, as well the importing of Civilization 4 models, the expansion has quite the following at various sites around the Zoo Tycoon community, including Artifex's own forums. Several animals have already been confirmed through screenshots, animal escapades and in the expansion details, and the wide variety revealed thus far promises to please a gamut of different tastes. People of all ages will soon be able to enjoy the beauty and diversity of a region of the world usually noted for its political and social problems, but rarely for the animals and plants that inhabit the area. From the rare Caspian Seal to the nocturnal Sand Cat, the region erupts into the color and splendor of an area neglected in more ways than one.
Arabian Nights (C) The Artifex Team
Zoo Tycoon 2 (C) Blue Fang and Microsoft Game Studios
Civilization 4 (C) Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc and Firaxis Games

News, April 2nd, 2007:

Artifex is excited to announce the first upcoming expansion for the award-winning Zoo Tycoon 2 franchise made entirely by Zoo Admin designers. Zoo Tycoon 2: Arabian Nights allows zookeepers to adopt and raise a wide variety of animals including the wild hamadryas baboon and the beautiful Arabian partridge. The animals cover a range from Morocco in the west and India in the east to bring out the many flavors of this region. With an all new theme, players and their families will be able to bring out Arabia in their zoo with bazaars, treasure and much more.
Artifex is a group of designers currently featuring Koala Komander, Mikaboshi, Nique, Penguinman, ShenTirag, and SilesianTomcat. They are committed to enhancing the Zoo Tycoon 2 experience with new and exciting content. They have joined forces together to create projects on a larger scale and are excited to bring their talent into the homes of ZT2 players across the globe.