At first I was worried about the ethical concerns surrounding zoos, but honestly? If we’re talking about Pokémon, there’s probably not much point in discussing ethics. We don’t know what it’s like inside a Poké Ball, but there’s a good chance a zoo would actually be a step up.
Anyway, before we go full Pokémon Black and White and join Team Plasma on you, let’s get to the matter at hand — realistic Pokémon! We’re all used to seeing the pocket monsters in their cute little animated forms, but a lot of fan artists have wondered what some of these guys would look like if they were more akin to the animals we’ve got on Earth. Usually that means a lot of dinosaur-looking beasts, but as you’ll see in the art of Lindsey Wakefield, you can get some unexpected results, too!
Aerodactyl looks like kinda like a pterodactyl, but with a less pointy head. Sometimes, they’re just obvious.
One of our favorite parts of the whole realistic Pokémon thing is seeing how people approach the ghost Pokémon — we like the spectral bat-like thing Haunter has turned into!