Zoo Tycoon 2 (PC)
Rename the first person to enter your zoo to DinoMan then go to the animal adoption section. You will see prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs, pterasaurs, and plesiasaurs.
While in Zoo Guest mode, hold [Cursor Forward]
+ Left Mouse Button to walk faster (run).
Alternately, press [Up] + W in Zoo Guest mode.
To run even faster in Zoo Guest or Zookeeper mode, hold [Shift]
+ [Forward] (or W) + Left Mouse Button.
To run faster, press [Shift] and click the Left Mouse Button.
More starting money in challenge mode
In challenge mode, put the pointer over the "Up"
button hat increases your money, but do not click on it. Press
the [Up] key on the keyboard to increase your money twice
Complete five game challenges.
Complete five photo safari challenges.
Mysterious Panda campaign
Complete all scenarios in the Conservation Programs campaign.
Complete all scenarios in the Troubled Zoos campaign.
Complete all scenarios in the Zookeeper In Training campaign.
Gilded Panda statue
Complete all scenarios in The Mysterious Panda campaign.
Complete all scenarios in The Globe campaign.
Complete all scenarios in the Prevent Animal Abuse campaign.
Complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding animal.
- Blue Jay: Buy a kabob stand and name it.
- Dolphin: In Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania, Right Click the dolphin in an exhibit. Exit that game, then name a water stand in Zoo Tycoon 2.
- Dodo Bird: In Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals, unlock the dodo bird. Exit that game, then name a coffee stand in Zoo Tycoon 2.
- Manta Ray: Unlock the penguin, lion/lioness, moose, and the zebra, then buy a hot dog stand and name it.
- Pelican: Get a place near water, then buy a restroom and name it.
- Puma: Get every animal, then type puma.
- Sea Lion: Go to Tundra, then buy a restroom and name it.
- Seal: Go to Tundra, then buy a sushi stand and name it
- Zebra: Name a penguin, moose, lion, and kabob stand.
Spin the globe at zoo selection screen very fast until you hear the world scream.
Put a fence around the entrance to the zoo so that
the entire zoo qualifies as a cage. Then, cover the whole zoo
in savana grass and add plants and lakes. Place some animals then
walk around as a zoo keeper/guest. To do this faster, do not get
staff, food/water dishes or shelters. It will look unnatural.
If you put gazelles in a pack, only put about two to six of them
or some might ditch the pack. If you encounter across a dirty
animal, wash it or all the animals will get sick and die. Note:
Plant eaters will get eaten.
You do not need two animals to have a baby. Just adopt
a female animal and wait for about a month. Then, adopt a male
of the same species and place him in with the female. Do not do
anything from the time that you adopt him until the female gets
pregnant. When she does, select "Undo". That will undo
the adoption of the male and your female will still be pregnant.
When you start a game or start a scenario there will be a lot of trees. Get rid of all of them for extra money.
Do not put in a zookeeper until you absolutely have to. Care for the animals yourself while your zoo is small.
Use natural water instead of water bowls. It looks much better, does not need to be refilled, and is free.
If you have multiple animals from the same biome (just not predator and prey), put them in the same exhibit if there is enough space. One big exhibit is cheaper than several normal-sized exhibits, and your guests will enjoy seeing different species together. Also, you will have to buy less food if they eat the same thing.
Tanks are more expensive and harder to edit than normal exhibits. Use the following trick to make tanks that are free and have an easy to change shape. Use the "Biome" brush and place deep water in your animal's biome instead of making a tank with walls. This works with all marine animals except for those that also go on land (sea lions, sea turtles, etc.). Your guests may also jump in to swim with your animals. Note: Dangerous animals should probably be placed in proper tanks.
When in any zoo mode (Campaign, Challenge, or Freeform) most zoos should have already existing trees, and perhaps flower beds, benches, etc. at the start. Click the desired item you want and move it to where you want it. This saves money when you are on a tight budget and is really easy.
Make water deeper
Choose the "Deep Water" tool, and use it as you normally would. Then, select the "Ditch" tool and use in the deep water you just created.
In Zoo Guest mode, go to a lake or deep water area. Face the water, then click to go down to go under the water.
Make a small pen. Put meat eating animals in it and
put a vulnerable herbivore in it. Eventually a carnivore will
kill it and the herbivore will become a carcass of meat.
Cross-bred baby giraffe
When creating a Savannah exhibit, put in one Masai giraffe (male or female) and one reticulated giraffe (of the opposite gender). You will get credit for two different species, and have a baby in return. It will turn out to be Masai or reticulated.
New saber tooth cat colors
Instead of plain brown saber coats, pause game play put in about ten male and female saber tooth cats. Resume the game. Some of them will have rare colors, such as white with black stripes, black, dark brown, grey, snow white, and tan.
The following combination of animals will produce hybrid creatures.
- Lion and tiger will produce a liger
- Sivathrium and okapi will produce a sivathrapi.
- Zebra and quagga will create a zwagga.
- Any two different bear breeds will produce a bear mix.
Zebra and quagga
If you place zebras and quaggas in the same exhibit, they will do fine and breed together. Their offspring will either be zebra or a quagga.
Successful freeform zoo
Close your zoo when you first begin a new zoo so that
no guests are unhappy while you are building it. First, put in
two food stands, two drink stands, dessert stands, one restaurant,
and one zoo exhibit before opening your zoo again. Guests also
like donation boxes. Make sure three of your four walls are made
with the hill device in the "Landscaping" section. The
other wall should be made with a fence so that guests can see
the animals. Set all of your prices low, including the admission
price. Do not forget benches, restrooms, and ATMs. For entertainment,
add photo souvenir stands, arches, playgrounds (make an area out
of sand path and put your playground equipment on top), fountains
and statues. Also put in picnic tables and gift shops. With any
extra money, crate playgrounds or peacock exhibits with one male
peacock. They are more beautiful and will amuse guests. Note:
Make sure to fully close exhibits with natural walls. Sometimes
animals can squeeze out and chase guests. Double-check the exhibits
with big cats, grizzly bears, and elephants.
Make a safari (wild) zoo. Only place herbivores in at first in small groups and about three to four species. Wait until they breed, then place carnivores. You will now have a sustainable population of prey for your carnivores. Note: Do not place more than twelve individual carnivores in a large zoo. Some will starve of lack of prey, others will leave the pride or pack, and some will kill other carnivores.
Use the following trick to get a herd of horses, a pack of wolves, or a pride of lions. Simply place the following number of animals in an exhibit. If you exceed the upper limit, some of them will leave the group. For horses or wolves, place two to five of them. For lions, place three to five of them.
Put a cage around the entire perimeter of the park and place the path at the entrance. Put a path through the door and into the cage. Put lots of animals in the cage. As long as your path does not end, the guests will keep walking through.
Click on the globe and move the mouse left or right very fast a few times.
If your animal is going to die, crate it.
Make a small area and put buildings around the edges of it. Then put picnic tables or umbrella tables on the area, along with garbage cans or recycling bins. For a small zoo, try 1 or 2 areas, 2 to 4 small restrooms, 6 to 12 picnic tables or umbrella tables, and 7 to 16 recycling bins or garbage cans. Place at least 3 to 12 trees, plants, or rocks for scenery. To save money, use natural water instead of bowls.
Only place food when absolutely needed (for example, for carnivores). Herbivores can graze, but will need an occasional pile of branches.
Place a small quiet spot for your animals in the exhibits. They will not be happy if they are being stared at from everywhere in the exhibit by the guests.
Put in lions, Thomson gazelles, and tigers. The guests really like those animals.
Make an exhibit so that there is at least one corner big enough to fit a staff center. Place the staff center in that corner and fence it in with a strong fence. Place a gate that leads into the rest of the exhibit. Place the zookeeper in there. Then, set up the animal exhibit if not already done. The zookeepers can now only go into the staff center and back into the exhibit. You no longer have to worry about the zookeepers being in the wrong place.
Creating deep water
Use the cliff creator to make a cliff. Add deep water on top of the cliff. Then in the deep water, use the ditch creator.
Choose terrain size
Create an exhibit of any animal. Place one type of terrain (grassland, tundra, etc.), then select a different terrain. Note: Make an exhibit with the wrong terrain. Then, place the correct terrain. You now have the choice of the size.
Buy an object (for example, an ice cream cart). Move the cart to a pool of water, tank, etc. Move the pointer to the menu and click the "Pick up/Drop item" command. Exit the window and you should have an underwater ice cream cart.
Maintenance workers do not pick up recycle bin trash.
You must do this yourself.
Giant red pandas
Get two red pandas and breed them so that they have a baby. Wait until the phrase "red panda <number> has just grown from young to adult!" appears on the message bar. Quickly click it, then click the little hand icon. Pick it up and put it down. As soon as you do this, adopt it out then select "Undo". You will have your own giant red panda. It will be about the size of a regular panda.
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