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Safely guarded from the {{Muggle|s}} world that's so ignorant and hostile to it, the Fantastic Nature Reserve is one of (if not ''the'') last refuge for mythical beings. Much like the BazaarOfTheBizarre, the Fantastic Nature Reserve will have many species of flora and fauna heard of only in myth and fairy tales. Entire ecosystems may be preserved in lush "biomes," or individual beings kept in cages much like a zoo (which is likely to also have an evil Zookeeper).

It may be hidden somewhere deep in the dark, forgotten places of the world, in the labyrinthine corners of human city thanks to some powerful illusions, AnotherDimension entirely, or even bravely visible to the world at large. If it's hidden, that's because there is safety behind TheMasquerade as a HiddenElfVillage, and by banding together they can cooperate to fend off those pesky humans. If out in the open they may hope to survive by raising awareness of their existence, which may be ''exactly'' what's called for if the residents are subject to GodsNeedPrayerBadly and ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve.

Another possibility is that the residents have formed this Reserve because {{Mana}} is a [[PowerSource part of their "diet,"]] and with it becoming scarce in the {{Muggle}} world they have to [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne seek sources of magic]] and live near them. Because of this the Fantastic Nature Reserve is likely a settlement on the magical equivalent of a proven well. If this miniature CosmicKeystone is stolen or destroyed, the Fantastic Nature Reserve will fall with it. Whether natural or artificial, the Fantastic Nature Reserve residents are likely fiercely protective of the place, its residents and its secrecy. Unless of course they're not there of their own free will.

It's also possible for a Fantastic Nature Reserve to be "person"-made. A benevolent "zoo keeper" likely does this to preserve the UniquenessValue inherent in these creatures and to protect them from poaching. The less altruistic [[TheCollector Collector]] may justify objectifying these creatures (whether sentient or not) on the basis that they're saving them from destruction. An outright evil zoo keeper will use them as shock troops and as a self replenishing treasure trove of magical ingredients. It's easy to harvest EyeOfNewt when you can apply HealingFactor laden troll blood to keep the newt from going blind.

!! Examples:


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* The Count's shop in ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'' is played up as one, even if he does occasionally sell some of the residents. Luckily, the residents typically volunteer for this so everyone is happy in the end [[spoiler: provided the humans don't mess things up.]]
* The Headmaster in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has one of these in a pocket dimension. It's for monsters that could never adapt to the Masquerade.
* ''Manga/TheAncientMagusBride'': There's a dragon preserve in Iceland that's enchanted so that muggles don't notice it.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* The Farm in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}},'' which is where animal and more monstrous Fables who are too poor or too lazy to get a glamour to pass as human in Fabletown wind up.
* ComicStrip/ThePhantom has Eden, an island where even normally predatory animals are peaceful vegetarians, and live together with their would-be prey. Aside from the lions, dolphins, tigers (in Africa!), gorillas, etc., there are some miniature dinosaurs and a family of cave monsters.
* The island of Themyscira in post-crisis ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' has mythical creatures from Greek mythology such as sphinxes, centaurs, dragons, chimeras, and pegasi.
* An early one-issue plot of ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' has a misguided intergalactic collector who captures the Freedom Fighters, Robotnik and Snively and puts them in one of these. He collects them for their UniquenessValue, and while he provides a safe place for them, he is compared to a kid who collects ants in an ant farm, even seen tapping on the glass of his reserve when tech-loving Robotnik seems to be acting lazy and not at all responsive to the provided unpolluted nature-style environment. He mends his ways and returns them when Robotnik breaks free and ejects the collector from his ship and the Freedom Fighters rescue him from going adrift in space.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}''
** The Fortress of Solitude has an alien zoo. In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' it also has a zoo filled with bizarro animals.
** [[CityInABottle The bottled city of Kandor]] (also in this fortress) has a zoo which contains some of the last Kryptonian animals in existence.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Mega-City One's alien zoo is a popular tourist attraction.
* The Creator/{{Marvel}} Universe has Monster Isle, where all their {{Kaiju}} or other dangerous mutant beasts are sent. It's implied to be somewhat close to Japan.
* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': Scrooge [=McDuck=] owns a zoo with such fanciful creatures as a unicorn and a sacred Egyptian crocodile.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Solgell Island from ''FanFic/TheBridge'' effectively became this continuity's Monster Island (see films) though in this case it's the kaiju willingly choosing to live there, making Solgell and the rest of the Mu Island chain the home for numerous Terran kaiju. It's home to both neutral kaiju just wanting a place to live outside of human influence, along with the Defender faction's base of operations. The story opens up with it getting invaded.
* Prehistoric Park in ''FanFic/PrehistoricParkExtinctionWorld'', more so than its canon counterpart.

[[folder: Film]]
* Midian in ''Film/{{Nightbreed}}'' is the last city for the eponymous Nightbreed, who have been persecuted for all of human history.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', where all of the fantasy beings Lord Farquad has exiled are sent to Shrek's swamp.
* In ''Film/TheTrollHunter'' the main premise of the film is that Norway's government are secretly keeping gigantic trolls in a kind of troll preserve in the northern wilderness, electric fenced in using high-voltage pylons.
* In ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'', Godzilla and several other monsters are placed on Monster Land/Monster Island, although it's not to protect them, but to protect ''humanity'' from them. It seems to be working well at first, with several provisions in place to prevent the monsters from leaving the island. However, the monsters are turned loose once the Kilaaks take over.
* ''Film/JurassicPark'' is similar to [[Literature/JurassicPark the book]] but by the time of the [[Film/JurassicWorld the fourth movie]], they've opened it to the public.
* The main characters in ''Film/{{Predators}}'' think they're in a jungle on Earth but it turns out they're on a Predator game preserve planet that Predators bring humans and other aliens to for hunting purposes.
* Newt Scamander's [[BiggerOnTheInside suitcase]] is like one for magical creatures in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem ''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' is about a secret nature preserve protecting the beings of myth and legend from the outside world, complete with caretakers that act almost as park rangers.
* ''Literature/TheForgottenBeastsOfEld'' by Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip, where Sybel has a menagerie of legendary animals which she and her ancestors called using magic to their crystal domed white hall. Animals include a giant black cat that knows witch's spells, a dragon that killed many men, a boar that knows the answer to every question but one and a falcon that rode on heroes' arms.
* It's implied it's how fantastic creatures survive in ''Literature/HarryPotter.'' Hogwarts' grounds work like this. Mainly the Forbidden Forest which has a tribe of Centaurs, giant spiders, unicorns and a giant. The lake has a giant squid and a village of mer-people at the bottom of it.
** There's also a dragon preserve in Romania in the books. Ron's brother, Charles, works there. It's where Norbert ([[spoiler:later revealed to be a [[SamusIsAGirl "Norberta"]]]]) is taken after it's found out Hagrid was trying to raise the dragon in secret.
** Relatedly, there are plenty of wild magical creatures throughout the world in the setting, whose existence and secrecy is protected by hordes of wizards with [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory charms]].
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'':
** Camp Half-Blood is home to satyrs, nymphs, and winged horses. The forest houses monsters from Greek mythology, but these are hunted by the demigod campers during training (It's okay--they come back to life after they're killed).
** Geryon owns the ''Triple G Ranch'', where he breeds fire-breathing horses and giant scorpions, among other dangerous monsters from Greek mythology, although he also keeps less dangerous animals, such as Apollo's sacred cows and hippalectryons -- horses with the back halves of chickens.
* In the SequelSeries ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', the Georgia Aquarium has a VIP section where the sea gods Keto and Phorcys keep various mythological sea monsters. They try to capture Percy and Frank so they can have a show where demigods fight off the monsters, and so that they could have the only captive descendants of Poseidon in the world.
* Reconstructed in the Kem compound in ''Literature/{{Play Places}}'' which is home to all manners of [[BeastMan animal-people]][[spoiler: that are genetically modified animals held in an advanced mega-cage somewhere]].
* For John Hammond, ''Literature/JurassicPark'' is this, even in [[ThemeParkVersion theme park form]]. Lets just say it [[GoneHorriblyRight went horribly right.]]
** Don't forget that there are ''two'' islands: Isla Nublar (the park) and Isla Sorna (site B).
* The dragons are given these in ''The Last Dragonslayer.''
* The Monstrumarium of ''The Monstrumologist'' series is a darker version of this, home to a number of man-eating beasties.
* ''Literature/BrokenHomes'' has a very small one of these hidden in the centre of a UsefulNotes/CouncilEstate, deliberately created to be hard to access from the {{muggle}} section.
* ''Literature/TheGoblinReservation'': The reservation we get to see is one of many such areas created all over the world, and its inhabitants are various kinds of FairFolk: goblins, fairies, trolls, banshees and so on. [[spoiler:Actually, they are stagnant SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who colonized Earth and many other planets hundreds of millions or billions years ago.]]
* The Menagerie, in the ''Literature/LeagueOfMagi'' story of the same name, is more of a zoo, but it hits large parts of the trope.
* ''Literature/CarryOn'' by RainbowRowell: Watford is like [[Franchise/HarryPotter Hogwarts]], a WizardingSchool with various magical creatures living in the grounds but the snow devils are actually specified to be a protected magical species. It's illegal to attack them even after they throw snowballs at you.
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': [[WizardingSchool Whitehall]] has a menagerie with a Mimic and portals leading off to enclosures of centaurs and unicorns.
* ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren'': Children with supernatural powers are hidden in [[GroundhogDayLoop time loops]] to keep them safe from monsters. The second book introduces ''Miss Wren's Menagerie" that house Peculiar animals instead.
* ''Literature/IslandOfTheAunts'': The titular aunts live on an island taking care of sick creatures. Most of them are real animals but they also look after mermaids and krakens.
* ''Literature/EllaEnchanted'': Ella visits the royal menagerie, which has dragons, centaurs, gnomes and ogres.
* ''Literature/EnchantedGlass'' by DianaWynneJones is about a man who inherits a house and a surrounding "field of care" from his magician grandfather, which is a magical area that keeps TheFairFolk hidden from the rest of the world.
* ''Literature/ThursdayNext'': ''Sword of the Zenobians'', an unpublished HighFantasy work whose author never developed it beyond an extremely rich setting, was repurposed by Jursifiction to serve as preserve for fictional creatures from various works. Aside from a great diversity of fantasy and science fiction creatures, it’s home to {{unicorn}}s from various stories written by little girls that have to be demolished when they’re never published, excess rabbits from ''Literature/WatershipDown'' (they never did get the lid on breeding there) and grammasites, metafictional organisms that feed on words themselves.
* ''Literature/KnownSpace'': In the third-party stories Cathouse and Briar Patch, the human main character and his [[CatFolk Kzin]] captors come across a barren planetoid whose craters were closed off by force fields by an unknown alien race (speculated to be the [[HigherTechSpecies Outsiders]]) and filled with the biospheres of different planets from thousands of years in the past, but incompletely -- the vegetation was there, but the animals and people were in temporal stasis and had to be released. They land at the replica of the Kzin homeworld, one of the few places in the galaxy home to sapient Kzin females (the highly macho Kzinti engineered their females to be nonsapient millennia in the past), and the main character later settles in a dome based on ancient Earth, home to mammoths, aurochs and telepathic Neanderthals.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* The BBC's ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' SpinOff ''Series/PrehistoricPark'' fits pretty well. It involved a naturalist who traveled through time and brought back extinct animals for his nature preserve in Africa. Basically, a more down to earth and zookeeper-esque version of ''Jurassic Park''... [[RecycledInSpace but with time travel !]]
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' is this trope.
* A ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode has a dinosaur preserve, the last place where they can be found on this world. Naturally, it's also a haven for poachers, provided they don't get eaten. Rangers are only allowed to enter the park via holo-projections, so as not to disturb the dinosaurs.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* This is the premise of the ''Hollow World'' universe of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', according to in-game mythology, serving as a place where the Immortals could store civilizations and species that would have gone extinct in the outside world.
* In ''TabltopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', there is the Imperial Zoo at Altdorf, a popular tourist attraction holding numerous fantastic beings and monsters, such as pegasi, hippogriffs, wyverns and chimeras, brought back by adventurers and armies from all over the world. It also serves as a home for the Empire's fiercer war beasts, such as griffons, including Emperor Karl Franz's favorite mount, Deathclaw, and the Imperial Dragon.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Dracula in basically every ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' game. It's implied all of the creatures in his castle have died out centuries ago in the real world.
* In ''VideoGame/OverlordII'', the [[HeroAntagonist elves]] are trying to create one of these to save magical creatures (including themselves) from TheEmpire (the ''[[EvilVersusEvil other]]'' Empire). [[spoiler: Their queen's hippy-ish right hand man is actually [[TheMole the Emperor himself]].]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** The various Safari Zones, although they might better qualify as Fantastic Hunting Preserves. The Kanto Safari Zone in the first generation was specifically home to Pokemon based on exotic animals (such as kangaroos or rhinos) that couldn't be found elsewhere, as well as the game's only wild Dragon-types.
** More literal in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' with the Nature Preserve. No legendaries, but a nice shiny Haxorus for the catching.
** The first generation games and their remakes also have an actual zoo in front of the Safari Zone, which also includes an extinct Pokémon cloned from a fossil.
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', Claude, Rena and the others must visit one in order to obtain a wild [[GlobalAirship Psynard]]. The keeper is understandably reluctant to let them into the preserve, but accompanies them inside, and can potentially be recruited if the player wishes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' takes place entirely within Gensokyo, a MagicalLand that was sealed off from the rest of Japan in the Meiji Era, and explicitly exists to preserve the supernatural creatures who would otherwise [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly die off due to lack of belief]].
* The original ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'' game has a few Easter eggs that can be used to create exhibits with certain mythical creatures, like unicorns. Both the first and second Zoo Tycoon games allow for the player to obtain dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals as well.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the Netherstorm area of Outland has four arcane eco-domes containing various species, while the Conservatory of Life in Ulduar is inhabited by dragons and living flora.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', non-Xenophobe empires can build Alien Zoos, where alien animals from the empire's worlds are proudly displayed.
* The Elw Dimension in ''VideoGame/WildArms1'' is essentially this, preserving a piece of the world in its older, more natural state.
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkOperationGenesis'': naturally, being based on the ''Jurassic Park'' film series. With every species to make major appearances in the three films up to that point, the player can either make Jurassic Park the success Hammond never could or set it up to re-enact the films.
* N64 Yoshi Valley in ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' takes place in and around the Wild Yoshi Sanctuary, a nature reserve for the Yoshis.
* ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'': The Labyrinth of Tigers in London is a strange cross between this and an insane asylum, housing normal animals, strange creatures from the Neath and madmen and criminals alike in its cages. In ''VideoGame/SunlessSea'', you can expand their collection by selling them things like the fry of a sea serpent that uses its woman-shaped tail tip to lure zailors to their doom or live specimens, which in-game can be anything from a small worm-like thing you won from a drowned man to a predatory monster with many-jointed limbs that you caught before it could catch ''you'' to [[OrganAutonomy the autonomous organs of a sea monster]].

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has the pit full of monsters from previous editions, the intent of which wasn't so much to protect the beasties as to keep them away from harming PC's.
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}''[='=]s "Safe haven" is this in a nutshell.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Website/SCPFoundation'':
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-257 Woodsworth’s Zoo]] is an otherwise normal zoo that regularly receives donations (in the form of animals just appearing in its enclosures) from one William Woodsworth, a BoldExplorer who, from the notes he sends back, seems to be on an extended trip of TheMultiverse. Among the things he sent back were a brontothere, a ''Kentrosaurus'', a pair of giant Martian arthropods and a school of bioluminescent piranhas from the “para-Amazon”.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1265 The Mesozoic Preserve]] is about fifty square kilometers of Congolese jungle full of dinosaurs, all of them feathered, and a few non-dinosaurian prehistoric reptiles. An unknown force keeps the animals inside -- if they try to leave, they vanish and reappear sedated within the preserve. The dinosaurs are completely passive to humans, except for a few species that have not been discovered by science yet, which are highly aggressive. Apparently, this place is where African dinosaur cryptid legends originate from.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Supes and Lobo are captured by an alien who keeps a collection of creatures who are the LastOfTheirKind.
** The irony is the alien hires Lobo to capture Superman before revealing that he wants the last Czarnian as well (Lobo is a self-made "last Czarnian", though, as he is responsible for Czarnia's destruction as part of his science project).
*** (Gave himself an 'A'.)
** There are also some dinosaurs on the ship as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' has a similar one to the above ''Superman'' example. The Planeteers are captured by an alien who keeps a zoo of extinct creatures. But he isn't being evil, he believes humanity is endangered and wants to preserve it before it disappears.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a few:
** The planet Pluto has been turned into a [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]] reserve.
** The planet [[ApesInSpace Simian 7]] has a zoo filled with various alien monsters and a [[spoiler: two-way glass dome where you can see human couples who think they're on a private romantic resort planet.]]
** Cyclophages[[note]]One-eyed monsters that eat cyclopes[[/note]] are endangered and kept on the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cyclophage Preserve]]. The zoo on Simian 7 also has one.
** Fry goes to ''[[JurassicPark Jurassic Kiddie Park]]'', where he gets to ride on the back of a ''T. rex''. He then gets his hands bitten off after feeding it a live pig that he bought from a vending machine.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E8LisaOnIce Lisa On Ice]]": Lisa [[ImagineSpot imagines a future]] where she's exiled to Monster Island. She's told not to worry as it's just a name. She finds out as she's being chased by Mothra, Gamera and Rodan that it's actually a peninsula.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS25E18DaysOfFutureFuture Days of Future Future]]": [[FutureLoser Adult Bart]] works at ''Cretaceous Park'', where cloned dinosaurs perform for treats like dolphins at Sea World.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song]]": Principal Skinner wants to write the GreatAmericanNovel called ''Billy and The Cloneasaurus'' about [[Literature/JurassicPark a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques]]. A furious Apu then goes into a long rant explaining how [[ItsBeenDone it's already been done before.]]
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E6HelloGutterHelloFadder Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder]]": RonHoward tells Homer that he's taking his kids to "different zoo" filled with animals that Homer's never heard of, including a Fantastipotamus that sings twice a day.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E4TreehouseOfHorrorXVI Treehouse Of Horror XVI]]": Bart falls into a zoo enclosure full of peacocks, then sees a sign that says they're mutant peacocks [[OhCrap covered in scorpion-style stingers.]]
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS26E10TheManWhoCameToBeDinner The Man Who Came To Be Dinner]]": Kang and Kodos abduct the Simpsons and put them in an alien zoo on Rigel 7. The CouchGag for ''[[TheSimpsonsS17E6SeeHomerRun See Homer Run]]'' does the same thing.
** Mike's private island in ''Friend With Benefits'' has a mermaid petting zoo.
* ''ThePowerPuffGirls'': Monster Isle off the coast of Townsville is filled with various {{Kaiju}} that attack the town. If they can survive a fight with The Powerpuff Girls and make it home, they're hailed as heroes by the other monsters.
* The Marcabians in ''WesternAnimation/BlakeAndMortimer'''s "The Secret of Easter Island" kept specimens of each of the sentient species that they exterminate as samples in their ship.