Zoo Tycoon
Boxart zt
Release Date October 17, 2001
Rating ESRB (E)
Publisher Microsoft
Developer Blue Fang Games
Features Zoo Management & Building
Zoo Tycoon Theme

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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 two expansions, Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs and Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania were released in 2002, followed by Zoo Tycoon 2, released in 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 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 if you download the bonus animals). Here is an complete list of the animals featured in the un-downloaded version:

Animal Biome Notes
African Elephant Savannah
Olive Baboon Savannah
Plains Zebra Savannah
Black Rhinoceros Savannah
Thomson's Gazelle Savannah
Common Wildebeest Savannah


African Buffalo Savannah
Hippopotamus Savannah
Sable Antelope Savannah DLC
African Lion Savannah
Cheetah Savannah
Leopard Savannah
African Wild Dog Savannah DLC
Spotted Hyena Savannah
Greater Flamingo Savannah
Ostrich Savnnah
African Warthog Savannah
Blackbuck Savannah DLC
Triceratops Savannah Easter Egg
Red Kangaroo Savannah
Prezewalkski's Wild Horse Grassland DLC
American Bison Grassland

Black Bear

Deciduous Forest
Moose Deciduous Forest
Mexican Gray Wolf Deciduous Forest DLC

Japanese Serow

Deciduous Forest DLC
Unicorn Deciduous Forest Easter Egg
Siberian Tiger Coniferous Forest
Grizzly Bear Coniferous Forest
Gray Wolf Coniferous Forest
Bigfoot Coniferous Forest DLC
Mandrill Tropical Rainforest
Chimpanzee Tropical Rainforest
Lowland Gorilla Tropical Rainforest Research
Okapi Tropical Rainforest Research
Bongo Tropical Rainforest DLC
Asian Elephant Tropical Rainforest DLC
Orangutan Tropical Rainforest
Javan Rhinoceros Tropical Rainforest DLC
Bengal Tiger Tropical Rainforest Two varients
Black Leopard Tropical Rainforest Research
Clouded Leopard Tropical Rainforest
Komodo Dragon Tropical Rainforest DLC
Malaysian Tapir Tropical Rainforest DLC
Jaguar Tropical Rainforest
Giant Anteater Tropical Rainforest
Markhor Highland
Snow Leopard Highland Research
Giant Panda Highland Research
Asian Black Bear Highland DLC
Llama Highland DLC
Mountain Lion Highland DLC
Ibex Highland
American Bighorn Sheep Highland
Yeti Highland DLC
Polar Bear Tundra Two varients
Reindeer Tundra DLC
Artic Wolf Tundra
Emperor Penguin Tundra
Gemsbok Desert
Dromedary Camel Desert
Saltwater Crocodile Saltwater
California Sea Lion Saltwater Preforms in shows


Zoo Tycoon has a feature where you can research new buildings, animals, staff education, etc. With each expansion pack (Dinosaur DigsMarine ManiaComplete Collection,) there has been something new. For instance, Dinosaur Digs and Marine Mania contained new Dinosaurs and new Marine animals, respectively. Complete Collection came with a nocturnal creature house. This is the only way that a player can add 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.


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

Zoo Tycoon
Zoo TycoonDinosaur DigsMarine ManiaEndangered Species PackComplete Collection
Zoo Tycoon 2
Zoo Tycoon 2Endangered SpeciesAfrican AdventureZookeeper Collection
Dino Danger PackMarine ManiaExtinct AnimalsUltimate Collection