Planet Zoo – a beginner’s guide to the franchise mode

Many people in the beta talked about the steep learning curve and the difficulty in learning or finding all the features, so I thought this would be helpful, especially after the full version of the game is released.

Quick, useful tips:

  • G conceals the HUD, which allows you to capture pictures (F12 to take screenshots for Steam).
  • Alt + F2 will open Nvidia Ansel if you have an Nvidia video card.
  • Download the blueprints from the workshop if you aren’t planning to build the entire thing by yourself.


Are you not interested in all the specifics? Then, this is the site for you!

Simple and quick suggestions

  • Begin small at first. It is only necessary to have the most basic equipment for staff, like quarantine and HQ: Trade Center and the Watchtower Shack.
  • Cash-in on cheap animals first. Ostriches and turtles were a good choice for me right from the beginning.
  • Make sure you have plenty of donations boxes.
  • Keepers are crucial, and you’ll want to ensure you have enough in every space you have (see Management of Employees). Management).
  • The mechanics are equally important when it comes to building excessively. For example, the system will fall apart without hiring others because it’s difficult to access the entire
  • thing (see Employee Management for more details).
  • It is possible to remove water by pressing the right button while using the tool for water (see the section on terrain for further specifics).
  • It is possible to construct a square or rectangular habitat by first putting in the road with an “align with grid” option; then, you can build an enclosure within the designated space.
  • This creates a rectangular path (see the section on the way for more details).
  • Vetting improves the quality of sign-writing you can publish for that species and also boosts the chances of reproduction and success. Additionally, it unlocks better food items
  • and enrichment products. Of course, you’ll need to research!
  • Mechanical research opens up new structures and fences, structures, and more. It’s handy!
  • Male animals can fight. Watch the baby animals as they grow, and be prepared to take them away.

Moving and adjusting objects

One of the best aspects of Planet Zoo is the ability to build nearly everything you’d like. This section explains what you can do to alter objects within the game. For example, if you put a brand new thing, pressing Z down and then rotating the mouse will cause the object to spin around in its place.

It is placed when you are satisfied with the location. After the object has been placed in the desired location, click it. Pressing X opens a deeper motion menu.

I typically use the 2nd choice (switch between Translate into rotate) for rotating objects in 3D. See photos below.

Getting Started – Initial Sites

The game will instruct you that you require all the facilities of the staff, but you’ll soon be out of cash by doing this. You will first need the mall and the staff building. Then you will need the quarantine facility and the Watchtower Shack. It is unnecessary to undergo vet surgery right now since animals usually get injured when fighting with their adversaries. You may not have many animals at this point.

Seminars and research can be beneficial. You can jump straight into your research. However, I believe it’s best to be patient until you earn money before building them because they can’t generate income independently.

The merchandise shop will bring in cash and, eventually, food/drinks and toilets. If you don’t have food or beverages or restrooms at this point, you’ll be able to hold off until you earn some money.

Starting – purchasing animals

The first thing you should remember is don’t be in a rush to purchase large animals. They typically have high enrichment/social needs that you might not yet meet. Instead, start with a small budget. Savings credits and your funds will increase.

To begin buying animals, you have to create an online market. Then, you can sort your savings by only money or credits when you hit the banner for cash. You can also click it to some kind from the lower to the top and reverse the order.

Conservation credits are more challenging to obtain than cash, regardless of whether you have a low budget initially. Therefore, I typically try to purchase my first animal with money and then save some conservation credits. Good animals to begin with, according to my experience, are turtles, ostriches and Nile monitors, and warthogs.

Peacocks aren’t expensive, but they do not sell well, and you’ll receive nothing in return for unleashing them in the wild. They’re great for a show to draw more visitors; however, they aren’t effective in making money from selling or releasing. You can also sort them by animals by clicking on the banner of the animal and then checking the boxes of animals you are interested in.

Animal exhibits – Terrain

Every animal species has its own set of specifications for the type of Terrain within their enclosure and how large their display is, whether they require swimmable water etc. This information can be located in the tabs on the news about the animal screen once you click it.

It changes as it goes and allows you to see their reaction to the amount of dirt and grass you put in. For a water area where it is swimming, it is possible to use the Terrain tool to make an opening and fill it up with water using water tools.

The blue ring on the Water tool indicates the height that water could be. If the ring’s color is red, something is blocking the water from entering the space, as if an animal is inside the area.

Animal Exhibits – Fences

Fences are essential as they keep your pet in the enclosure and let guests observe the animal. You should choose the appropriate material for your pet.

The Turtles, Gorillas, Peacocks, and other animals that are unable to jump can be incorporated into the wooden log fence. However, larger animals like elephants require thicker bricks, and animals that jump will need a higher wall higher than usual.

To increase the fence, you can try the first campaign. However, I will provide you with the information on how to do it here. First, you pick a wall and select “edit barrier. This lets you adjust the fence’s height and switch the type of fence from one to another. This is how to insert windows.

In edit barrier mode, you can select the arrow pointing towards the side. Drag it around the fence to choose it, then press the up arrow to increase the height. A height of 4 meters is recommended to stop your pets from jumping off.

Take note that you can construct an entirely square environment by first laying out the path with the “align to grid” option “align the grid” option and then building the fence inside that zone.

Making pathways

It’s easy to create pathways; however, the more people you invite, the more people will flow through the paths. Therefore, it’s best to provide multiple ways to allow guests to move around and also make sure the tracks are wide enough that they won’t become stuck.

Staff members should only employ the paths that staff members use that they recommend. It’s recommended to let a few of them traverse your zoo to ensure that staff members can discover the most efficient and fastest route to get to their location. The staff paths are the third tab.

In the image above, you can see that my path for staff is hidden through the exhibitions behind them, keeping the objects of the team out of the sight of visitors and permitting staff to get to where they need to go quickly and effortlessly without getting lost within the crowd.

Select the box that says “align with the grid ” for the paths to be straight.” This allows you to make perfectly square shapes from the tracks. You can also create a circular area for your preferred location to make picnic tables or even a cart.

To increase or decrease the route, you’ll need to drag it with a right-click upwards or downwards. If it is in contact with an object or terrain, it will change color and not allow you to build.

Habitats for mixed animals

Certain animals benefit from a mixed exhibit with species from their biome. The sharing of space with a similar animal enhances the enrichment of animals.

You can look up Zoopedia to determine what species are compatible with what species, but be aware that certain species, even when classified as consistent, will have distinct requirements for plants or landscapes, and some degree of equilibrium is required to ensure everyone is satisfied.

Miniature Exhibit Animals

The larger animals in the enclosure have smaller exhibits for smaller animals, such as reptiles, spiders, and insects. I would not recommend these for beginners animals, but they’re good enough as long as the Zoo is more giant and operates smoothly.

They can be demanding and selective. They can easily overpopulate their exhibits. They must also investigate to make sure they are satisfied in their space. You must go to objects and click on the left “exhibits” option for a simple display. It is possible to place it in a space and then create pathways around it.

The animals are on the trade tab of exhibits. You can browse the animals that you can purchase and also purchase one. It is recommended to “send to the Zoo” and pick your preferred exhibit.

You will now need to make it suitable to meet your animal’s needs. The humidity and temperature have to be adjusted. And when you’ve done your homework, you may also consider adding additional items for enrichment to the display.

Controlling the animals

If you can have 100 or more animals at your zoo, it can become quite overwhelming. However, if you visit the tab for zoos, then click the pawprints tab to browse the animals, you’ll find an inventory of all the animals in the zoo and their status.

This will let you know the location of their residence and their age, rating, whether they’re female or male, if they’re pregnant, and their status. It’s an ideal location to take a look at every one. You can also pick bulk animals from the site, which can be beneficial if many baby animals are growing and you don’t want to choose each one and take them to the local mall.

Instead, you can search for their species and then look at each which is younger. Then, take your pets to the local mall. While you cannot mass-sell from this site, you can make them available for mass distribution.

You can also click the fence in the habitat to open the tab and then use it to see what animals are within it. You can also check the Pawprint Animal tab.

Genetics and Breeding

Breeding your animals to create offspring with good stats and then selling or releasing them is the most effective way to save credits within the game. It is possible to compare your animal with potential partners on the genetics tab. Also, the pink portion of the panel will show you the most likely areas in which the offspring’s stats are likely to decrease.

Incest is an element of the game, meaning you’ll need to get your children out of the zoo, or you could have children adversely affected by the inbreeding. Some contraceptives are tiny pill-shaped icons you can switch on by putting them next to the sex of the animal.

Animals, particularly males, will engage in fights with males. This can cause injuries to both of them that can later annoy guests and may require an animal veterinarian to treat them.

When male children get older, they’ll begin fights with their male counterparts. So you’ll want to get them from the mall to avoid fighting and then relocate them to a different location or sell them to release them.

Animal Market and selling Animals

Selling animals to conserve credits is one of the ways to afford higher-priced animals available on the market. It can be done on the internet and by trading pets with others when you are in franchise mode.

It’s not easy to start small selling animals that don’t sell for a lot. However, it will increase. I frequently check prices before buying an animal if I notice it’s priced reasonably and has good statistics.

However, I won’t place animals in my zoo until at least two males and one female. So if you are only putting only one animal into your enclosure, there is a chance that it’ll die from old age before you can locate a suitable companion for it.

Be aware that not every animal you find on sale is a great deal, no matter what the cost: verify the animal’s age. If an animal appears not old enough, it could die quickly after purchase. (The typical life span of a Lion of 14 is fourteen years. The male can die at any time following the acquisition of it).

Animals can be genetically defective, like infertility. This means they’ll rarely or never breed if you’re looking for a breeding animal that isn’t the best choice.

(In the image below, you can see that the zebra is infertile.) New animals can get sick, so you need to keep them in a quarantine until the game informs you that they’re safe to be put in the environment. Some players can sell sick animals to the market.

In the wild, they are released

Sometimes, it is best to let an animal go into the wild rather than sell it on the market for animals. Certain animals aren’t worth trading due to the oversupply of animals, or they are genetically unsound and can’t be purchased. I usually release animals that are close to the end of their lives.

Conservation credits are awarded for releasing animals; however, they are lower than the credits you earn from trading in the animal market. It also increases your conservation score on the rating of the zoo (by clicking on stars within the hot panels below).

This will impact the overall happiness of your guests and boost your overall zoo score. In addition, you can release and cull animals in large numbers to ensure that they are mature and are not injured or sick.

Management of Employees.

Employees may be trained to improve at their job. However, it will lead them to demand more pay. This means you’ll have to increase their wages to cover the increased education.
Sort by the employee’s position or many other options, as illustrated below. It is also possible to assign employees to work zones from here and hire new employees.

  • Caretakers: They clean and maintain the cleanliness of the park. However, they also can move animals to new areas. As your zoo expands, it will be necessary to add more staff or have litter issues.
  • Keeper Take charge of the animals you have by keeping their enclosure tidy and feeding them animals. They can also transfer the animals to new sections. There will be a lot of keepers because they clean up and feed your animals. When you own too many animals or habitats and don’t have enough keepers, you will have hungry animals and extremely dirty habitats.
  • Employ more staff if you notice this sort of problem. I typically use one keeper for three small to medium habitats. There is also a dedicated keeper for a massive area that is full of big animals, like elephants.
  • Mechanical mechanics: mechanics keep your zoo operating, fix fencing, electricity plants, and water treatment plants and research the latest technology fences, buildings, and fences, provided you have a workshop. You’ll likely need lots of these, too, if borders begin to fall apart and facilities may fall apart because they cannot reach everything on time.
  • Security: As the name suggests, security will keep your park in good order. They prevent vandalism as well as pickpocketing.
  • Vendors are the people who run your stores for food and beverages, Information huts, information kiosks, and stores for merchandise. There will be one for each of the types you have.
  • Veterinarians: Veterinarians will send your pet to a veterinarian when they’re injured or injured, and they can also research animals to discover additional enrichment options for them. Further research increases the odds of breeding success.

Work Zones

Work zones are created so that employees remain in one location and manage the various buildings or habitats. This will prevent the zookeeper from walking in the middle of the zoo, trying to look after the exhibit on the opposite side, thereby increasing the amount of duration of things completed.

As long as you supervise your employees and arrange their workspaces to work from, you can set up an efficient zoo in which everyone is striving to be the best in their particular areas.
Be sure that your vendors are located in the same work area as the building you wish to have them work in. The screen in the work zone is color-coded so that it is possible to determine where one work zone is overlaid with one another or what isn’t at present within that work area.


Research can be classified into two types…Veterinary Research and Mechanical Research. Research in veterinary research involves animals you own in your Zoo. If you no longer have the animal, you cannot study it in the manner shown in the above picture.

Gold medallions mean that research is completed and that you are rewarded with the highest benefits. Animal research can unlock additional enrichment options such as more food options, more information about your educational signs, and higher breeding rates.

Each rank will show you what you can unlock. Robotic exploration can be used for building fencing, stores, fences, and even other objects like decorations you can place to decorate your Zoo.

That’s how you will get essential items like one-way glass, brand new guest shops, new and more durable fences, and new Energy and Staff buildings.

Energy and Water Treatment

All structures or even educational signs require power. Likewise, any aquatic body part of the habitat will require regular cleaning to ensure that it remains healthy and clean for animals. Under the tab Equipment, you can construct water treatment and power trans-refineries. Plants. They’ll require regular maintenance by mechanics.

Power transformers have an influence bubble. All you need to do is place it in the place that covers the things you require. Then, it will provide power to whatever is within that bubble.

Purifying Water It can treat and filter any water that enters the bubble. It doesn’t need to cover all of the Water, even if the minor portion of a pond or lake is within its bubble. Instead, it can purify the water.

Earning Money (At Zoo facilities)

Your primary source of financial earnings will be from donation boxes and storefronts for merchandise. Counters for food and beverages also generate money, but from my experience, they don’t bring in so significantly.

Since donations make up most of your revenue, you’ll need to frequently set up boxes for gifts close to the lanes and exhibits. You can find out the amount of everything earned in the Finance tab of the primary account for the zoo.

Dispatcher Mode

It’s the small radar icon located in the lower-left corner. It lets you choose different animals to visit your zoo in the image under the radar symbol that it is glowing green because it’s active.

There are many options available; I’ll go through them in order.

Animal Care: This lets you monitor your animals and determine whether they’re negatively affected.

Habitat: it offers a dropdown menu with two options that are weak points in the habitat barrier and the number of usable shelters.

Temperature: This shows the temperature of your environment. Shade from trees and buildings and other items like sprinklers and water can aid in keeping pets cool.

Water: This shows the water at your zoo and any treatment facilities for water.

Power: this will tell where you can find your transformers located, their area of coverage, and any other structures that require power.

Buildings: This will show you the rating of happiness for buildings. It will also aid you in identifying a building that is damaged, inaccessible, or not functioning effectively.

As the name suggests, Negative Guest Impact will show you how many negative effect bubbles are forming that surround the building and can be checked to determine if they’re restricting guest access to any of the areas.

Education: This will let you know all the educational equipment within your park and whether they’re working correctly.

Guest Needs: This will bring your guests to the forefront and reveal their moods. You can alter the dropdown box to display additional needs.

Zoo Rating

A Zoo Rating can be a measurement of how well you’re doing.

You can use two methods to determine your score:

  • First, click on the stars in the toolbar at the bottom.
  • Then, select the menu for the Zoo’s primary menu.

The score above all can be broken into five categories:

Animals – Averaged and combined rating of how content and healthy your pets are.

Conservation – raised through exchanging animals back in the wild.

Education – using more educational items and signs can raise the level. Research on animals will give you more details on education. These are listed on the stand of the species you have placed by the habitat.

Landscape: Visitors love beautiful and scenic parks, so having plants and statues will help increase this appeal.

Guests’ happiness is the amount of how content your guests are at your park, which includes food, drinks, entertainment, or seating zones. You can gauge how happy your guests are by hovering your mouse over the smiling face beside your Zoo’s rating in the toolbar at the bottom and then by going to the main tab for zoos by clicking the Guest tab (see below for more details).).

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