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Zoo Tycoon

Zoo Tycoon Boxart

Release Date:
October 17, 2001
Zoo Business Simulation
Blue Fang Games

If you were looking for the Xbox game released in 2013, you can find it here.

Zoo Tycoon is a business simulation game developed by Blue Fang Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The focus of the game is to create a successful zoo and try to make a profit out of it. The game was released on October 17, 2001 and 2 expansion packs were released in 2002: Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs on May 9, and Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania on October 17 (exactly 1 year after the original game); followed by a theme pack: Zoo Tycoon: Endangered Species Theme Pack on October 30, 2003; a compilation pack: Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection on August 12, 2003; and a sequel: Zoo Tycoon 2 on November 9, 2004. 


In Zoo Tycoon, one of the goals is to keep guests happy. This can be done in a plethora of ways, and can be very difficult to do. The way to please guests is to meet their standards. Guests all have five standards that need to be met: The first is happiness, which is simply a measure of how happy a guest is. This can be changed simply by meeting the other needs of the guests. The second standard is hunger. When a guest gets hungry, they'll go out to get food from a food stand. If a guest's hunger need isn't met, then their happiness will greatly decrease. If enough guests get very hungry, then a message will appear at the top of the screen in red letters that says, "Guests can't find any places to buy food." The third standard is thirst, which is met in a way that is very similar to hunger. However, instead of using a food stand to make this need go down, they have to use drink stands. Just like hunger, if the thirst need gets too high for too many guests, then a red message will appear at the top of the screen that says, "Guests can't find any place to buy drinks." Two alternative messages that can appear are "There are lots of hungry guests." and "There are lots of thirsty guests." The fourth standard is a restroom need. Guests will always need to use the restroom after they're in the zoo for extended periods of time. There are four kinds of restrooms in Zoo Tycoon. One is a small restroom, which only holds about four people, and is available at the beginning of the game. It is a concrete building with a yellow thatched roof. A second restroom is the family restroom, which holds about ten people at a time. It has the exact same design as the small restroom. The third restroom is a part of the Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania expansion pack, and is called the aquatic restroom. The aquatic restroom is the exact same as the family restroom, only the roof is a turquoise color, and is made of metal. The fourth and final restroom available in Zoo Tycoon is only available from the Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection expansion pack. It is called the fancy restroom, and it is simply a family restroom, made completely of wood. The fifth and final standard for guests is their energy level. Guests energy level will slowly go down as they walk throughout the zoo. A guests energy level can go back up if they sit down somewhere, like on a bench or on a picnic table. A restaurant can be used to clear out all of the needs that the guests possess, with the exception of happiness.

Bonus downloads

Zoo Tycoon has had a fair amount of downloadable content made available over the years. These can be obtained


The bongo is an example of a bonus download.

in three ways: One way is by transferring them from a disc onto the computer that has Zoo Tycoon installed on it. Once the downloads have been put on the computer, on the main menu of the Zoo Tycoon game, click the link that says something like "Download New Content." Once there, click the link that says "Check Locally," and browse until you find the file. The second way is to go directly to the "Download New Content" page, and clicking "Check Internet." This requires an internet connection to work. The third way gets all of them at once, but is very pricey. You can just go out and buy Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection. This gets every download available for Zoo Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs, and Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania. It is no longer available from most stores, but can still be ordered online.


Zoo Tycoon features 45 different species of animals (over 50 species after downloading the bonus animals). Here is a complete list of the animals featured in the original game:

Animal Terrain Cost Picture
African Buffalo Savannah $1,200
African Bufallo
African Elephant Savannah $2,500
African Elephant
African Lion Savannah $700
ZT1 Lion AnimalFacts

African Warthog

Savannah $600
African Warthog
American Bighorn Sheep Highland $600
American Bighorn Sheep
American Bison Grassland $1,500
American Bison-0
Arctic Wolf Tundra $1,150
Arctic Wolf
Bengal Tiger Rainforest $800
Bengal Tiger
Black Bear Deciduous Forest $850
Black Bear
Black Leopard Rainforest $1,600
Black Leopard ZT
Black Rhinoceros Savannah $1,200
Black Rhinocerous
California Sea Lion Aquatic $700
California Sea Lion
Cheetah Savannah $1,600
Chimpanzee Rainforest $1,500
Clouded Leopard Rainforest $1,800
Common Wildebeest Savannah $1,000
Common Wildebeest
Dromedary Camel Desert $900
Dromedary Camel
Emperor Penguin Tundra $1,100
Emperor Penguin
Gemsbok Desert $900
Giant Anteater Rainforest $600
Giant Anteater
Giant Panda Highland $5,000
ZT1 - Giant Panda
Giraffe Savannah $1,600
Gray Wolf Coniferous Forest $900
Gray Wolf
Greater Flamingo Savannah $750
Greater Flamingo
Grizzly Bear Coniferous Forest $1,000
Grizzly Bear
Hippopotamus Savannah $1,200
Ibex Highland $625
Jaguar Rainforest $1,100
ZT1 - Jaguar
Leopard Savannah $1,100
Lowland Gorilla Rainforest $2,500
Mandrill Rainforest $1,300
Markhor Highland $1,400
Moose Deciduous Forest $700
ZT1 - Moose
Okapi Rainforest $1,800
Okapi ZT
Olive Baboon Savannah $900
Olive Baboon
Ostrich Savannah $1,100
Plains Zebra Savannah $800
Plains Zebra
Polar Bear Tundra $1,500
Polar Bear
Red Kangaroo Savannah $600
Red Kangaroo
Saltwater Crocodile Aquatic $1,500
Saltwater Crocodile
Siberian Tiger Coniferous Forest $1,000
ZT1 - Siberian Tiger
Snow Leopard Highland $2,400
Snow Leopard ZT
Spotted Hyena Savannah $1,200
Spotted Heyena
Thompson's Gazelle Savannah $500
Thompson's Gazelle
White Bengal Tiger Rainforest $1,500
ZT1 - White Bengal Tiger

Unlockable Content

There are two known unlockable animals in the game:

Name Terrain Cost How to Unlock Picture
Triceratops Savannah $4,000 Name an exhibit: Cretaceous Corral, obsolete as of Dinosaur Digs
Unicorn Deciduous $6,000 Name an exhibit: Xanadu

Downloadable Content

These 12 bonus downloads were created and released between 2001 and 2004:

Name Terrain Cost Picture
African Wild Dog Savannah $600
African Wild Dog
Asian Black Bear Highland $1,100
Asian Black Bear
Asian Elephant Rainforest $1,500
Asian Elephant
Blackbuck Savannah $600
ZT1 - Black Buck
Bongo Rainforest $900
Llama Highland $800
Mountain Lion Highland $700
Mountain Lion-0
Reindeer Tundra $400
Sable Antelope Savannah $900
Yeti Tundra $10,000
Magnet Tundra $1,500
Maganet the Polar Bear

Endangered Species Theme Pack

The following animals were first included in Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection before being released as bonus downloads in 2004, alongside new animals for both expansions:

Name Terrain Cost Picture
Przewalski's Wild Horse Grassland $1,000
ZT1 - Przewalski's Wild Horse
Bigfoot Coniferous Forest $10,000
Japanese Serow Deciduous Forest $800
ZT1 - Japanese Serow
Komodo Dragon Rainforest $1,750
Komodo Dragon
Malayan Tapir Rainforest $850
Malaysian Tapir
Mexican Gray Wolf Deciduous $1,000
Mexican Gray Wolf
Orangutan Rainforest $1,650
Javan Rhinoceros Rainforest $4,000
Javan Rhinocerous


Zoo Tycoon has a feature where the player can research new buildings, animals, staff education, etc. With each expansion pack (Dinosaur Digs, Marine Mania, Complete Collection) there have been additional search options. This is the only way that a player can add animal houses, meaning bird houses (Aviary), Insect House, etc. It is also the only way that the player can add endangered animals to the zoo, or hidden animals, in the cases of Dinosaur Digs and Marine Mania. However, there have been certain cheats that can unlock all of the researchable things.

Easter Eggs

Several easter eggs and other secrets are hidden throughout the game.

Usually, birds such as crows, hawks, and seagulls fly over every zoo; but on certain days of the year according to the game's calendar, Special surprises will fly over the zoo as well: on October 31 (Halloween), a witch on a broomstick surrounded by bats will fly across the sky; and on December 25 (Christmas Day), Santa Claus will ride his sleigh pulled by 2 reindeer over the zoo.


Zoo Tycoon Demo includes 4 animals common in real-life zoos: the Lion, the Bengal Tiger, the Reticulated Giraffe, and the Thomson's Gazelle, although only male animals can be adopted. There are several buildings and scenery from the full game. There are only 2 staff available for hire: Zookeepers and Maintenance Workers.

External links

Zoo Tycoon
Zoo TycoonDinosaur DigsMarine Mania
Endangered Species PackComplete Collection
Zoo Tycoon 2
Zoo Tycoon 2Endangered SpeciesAfrican AdventureZookeeper Collection
Dino DangerMarine ManiaExtinct AnimalsUltimate Collection
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