Planet Zoo tips:
If you haven’t yet experienced Planet Zoo, it’s time to get involved. The Planet Zoo release is here! This game is a wonderful way to spend some free time, but you may find these Planet Zoo tips and tricks help you build and earn money quicker.
Here’s a quick overview of our 12 Planet Zoo Tips and Tricks:
- Career Mode: Take the time to play the tutorial before creating your own zoo
- Starter Animals: Purchase some ‘easy’ animals to begin your zoo with
- Spend Cash: Don’t spend Conservation Credits at the start
- Breed Animals: You can breed animals to increase your Conservation Credits
- Donation Boxes: Place donation boxes all around your zoo to increase profit
- Merchandise: Selling items like balloons is a great way of getting extra money
- Staff: Make sure you hire the right staff, as opposed to hiring everyone at once, to begin with
- Animal Ratio: Too many of one kind of animal, or one gender of animal can cause issues in your enclosures
- Contraception: It’s your friend in Planet Zoo when things get out of hand!
- Guest Entrances: This is a great way for your guests to get up close and personal with your animals
- Steam Workshop: If you’re lacking inspiration, visit the Steam Workshop for some marvelous creations
- Maintenance: Zoos need to be maintained; ensure Mechanics are fixing fences and Keepers are feeding animals
Starting your zoo may seem daunting, that’s why we’ve created this guide for you! We’ve played Planet Zoo since the Beta and have spent a lot of time wading through the muck so you don’t have to. We’ve put together the best Planet Zoo tips and tricks to make your life easier.
1. Play the Career Mode first
Naturally, I dove straight in when I played the beta. However, this is definitely not the best way to play in my opinion. Planet Zoo may be an AWESOME game, but the tutorials certainly lack somewhat.
Now that we have the Planet Zoo release, it’s time to go back to basics. The Planet Zoo Career Mode takes you through the most important parts of the game.
This includes features such as how to keep your animals happy, create lush habitats for them, and how your guests can interact with the animals in the zoo.
Although we have many more Planet Zoo tips and tricks, I would urge you to take on the Career Mode beforehand. It might just save you from yourself!
2. Begin with some basic animals
Whilst it may be tempting to dive straight in and deliver some lions to your zoo, I’d like to steer you away from that prospect. What I would consider more advanced animals are going to pose problems due to their high maintenance.
Starting with smaller animals like the tortoise and springbok, you’re going to have a much easier ride. These animals are much easier to maintain and you’ll find you’re able to meet their enrichment needs much quicker.
You’ll soon discover that these animals can be just as profitable in earning Conservation Credits. This will get you well on your way to creating the best zoo ever.
3. Start off by spending cash (rather than Conservation Credits)
When you first start Planet Zoo, your Conservation Credits are going to be slim on the ground. Therefore it’s much easier to spend your cash when starting out.
You can begin by spending small amounts on basic animals without using your Credits. This will mean you can save your Conservation Credits for bigger (and maybe better) animals later.
Check out our handy guide to help you earn conservation credits.
4. Breed animals for Conservation Credits
Whilst it may seem like a bit of a cash cow thing to do, breeding your animals can be very profitable. When you buy animals for cash money, you can’t release them to the wild for Planet Zoo Conservation Credits.
If you want to earn Planet Zoo Conservation Credits, I suggest turning your best animals into breeding pairs. Once they produce offspring, you can let them lose to the wild in return for Credits.
5. Donation boxes are your friends
A lot of Planet Zoo is about making money. The more money you make, the better the zoo you can build. It’s all about the money, money, money!
One of my Planet Zoo tips is to place donation boxes around your zoo so that your guests can throw in their hard earned cash. Don’t cover your zoo in them, rather place them tactically where crowds are gathering for a boost to your profits.
6. Sell plenty of merchandise (everyone likes balloons)
Guests LOVE merchandise! Who doesn’t like a balloon to walk around with all day, inevitably getting palmed off to Mum or Dad?
Place merchandise shops around your zoo so guests can indulge in what they want. Merchandise shops will bring in a steady revenue to your zoo so that you can spend money on things your guests (and keepers) need.
7. Hire enough of the right staff
Hiring the right number of the correct staff members is essential in running your zoo. Whilst vets and caretakers are needed, mechanics and keepers will keep your zoo ticking over nicely.
Planet Zoo keepers will ensure your animals are kept alive. They will feed them, fill their water bowls, and clean up their mess (they make a lot of it). Planet Zoo mechanics maintain your animal habitats; they’ll check for damage to their enclosures as well as water treatments and power.
When you first start your zoo, you’ll need to build the following staff facilities. Soon after, you will need ALL of the facilities, but these Planet Zoo tips will get you by with the basics. Start with the following:
- Trade Centre
- Staff Room
- Keeper Hut
8. Keep an eye on animal ratio
When animals needs’ are met, they are naturally going to be happier and will probably show that in the way of making babies.
Baby animals are great; they’ll earn you money (by selling them), increase your zoo’s reputation, and they are pretty awesome to look at.
However, you’ll need to keep an eye on the ratio of your animals. Too many males in one enclosure can cause fighting. The fight for Alpha male status is rife and can end up with high vet costs and guest dissatisfaction.
9. Use contraception if needed
Following on from the above, you can use contraception if animal mating is getting out of control. You don’t want to get into an unmanageable situation.
There’s a simple toggle you can use when viewing an animal in it’s enclosure. Simply click on it to toggle contraception on/off. It’s easy enough to switch if things get too much, or you want more cute babies to look at.
10. Make use of Guest Entrances
How to use Planet Zoo guest entrances is a question I get asked a lot. If you click on the link, you’ll be able to view a step-by-step guide that we’ve kindly created for your viewing pleasure!
You will have to use a little common sense though. Unless you want to see your guests being added to a lion’s delicious meal, think carefully about where you place them.
Guest entrances make guests HAPPY! And we all want happy guests, right? When Planet Zoo guests can’t see animals well enough in their habitats, they’re going to start to moan. Follow our handy guide to make sure this doesn’t happen.
11. Use the Steam Workshop
If like me you have an off day in terms of creativity, you can make use of the Steam Workshop. There’s a wealth of beautifully designed buildings and habitats for you to sink your teeth into.
The Planet Zoo Steam Workshop has plenty of blueprints that you can use in your own zoo. Make sure to leave a comment and appreciate the creators, as it takes a lot of time and effort to create such awesome content.
12. Maintain your Zoo efficiently
Maintaining your zoo can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s why I suggest reading my guide on how to make money in Planet Zoo, as this will ensure things run smoothly.
Simple things you can do include hiring staff when needed, ensuring power and water purifiers are sufficient, and guests needs’ are met.
Bonus Tip: Exhibit trading:
Selling an exhibit animal doesn’t make you a huge amount of cash, but sell 20 and you have a different story.
When you start the zoo create a couple of exhibits and put a breeding pair of animals in, but when choosing, pick a spider or something that produces a larger amount of babies.
Also make sure they have a high rating, once they start breeding they will quickly start filling up the exhibit, selling these and also others from a few exhibits will get you in the money pretty quick.
One of the hardest things I found was meeting my guest’s needs for education. Placing down educational speakers is a great way to achieve this and it’s really simple to do!
Do you have your own Planet Zoo tips and tricks you want to share? Perhaps you have a Steam Workshop item that you’d like to show off!