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Animal Spotlights

Guides for these animals plus MM and DD animals (with screenshots) are also available at the forums

Each animal spotlight includes the following things:

Attractiveness - these numbers represent the pull the animal has on guests. The first number is for a single adult animal, the second for a single baby animal

Minimum Cost - this tells the cost involved in buying the minimum # of animals required for happiness.

Animals in exhibit/shelter - this is the smallest/largest number of animals allowable in an exhibit and their favorite type of shelter

Manageability - how easy the animal is to care for

Exhibit - type of exhibit needed, minimum amount of space per animal and how sutible the exhibit must be for them to stay happy.

Habitat - optimum terrain mix for happiness of the animal

Comments - extra info about the animal.

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African Elephant

African Elephant

Attractiveness: 50/150
Minimum cost: $5,000
Animals/Shelter: 2min-6max/elephant shelter
Manageability: slightly difficult
Exhibit: African savannah, 50 tiles per animal, 65% sutability
Habitat: 65% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 10% sand, 15% fresh water, 2% rocks, 5% trees - baobab, yellow fever acacia, thorn bush
Comments: appitite and sanitary habits will keep a zookeeper very busy. Elephants mix well with some other savannah animals. Do not reproduce easily. Exceptionally healty and long-lived.

Plains Zebra

Zebra

Attractiveness: 5/15
Minimum cost: $2,400
Animals/Shelter: 3min-20max/lean-to
Manageability: very easy
Exhibit: African savannah, 15 tiles per animal, 50% suitability
Habitat: 95% savannah grass, 5% fresh water - long savannah grass, umbrella acacia
Comments: One of the most easygoing animals in the game. It is perfect as part of a mixed savannah exhibit. The only downside in adopting a zebra is it's low individual attractiveness. This is offset by the fact that they reproduce very easily.

Thompsan's Gazelle

Gazelle

Attractiveness: 5/15
Minimum cost: $1,500
Animals/Shelter: 3min-25max/lean-to
Manageability: very easy
Exhibit: African savannah, 15 tiles per animal, 50% suitability
Habitat: 95% savannah grass, 5% fresh water, 1% rocks, 2% foliage - long savannah grass
Comments: Inexpensive, easygoing, very quick to reproduce. The only down side is that they don't live very long. This is almost always a good choice in any game, and does very well in a mixed exhibit.

Giraffe

Giraffe

Attractiveness: 25/75
Minimum cost: $3,200
Animals/Shelter: 2min-10max/giraffe shelter
Manageability: average
Exhibit: African savannah, 35 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 83% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 5% sand, 2% fresh water, 1% rocks, 13% foliage - umbrella acacia, baobob
Comments: Relatively expensive to acquire, has a healty appeetite and a quick working digestive system. Their love of foliage makes them impractical to include in a mixed exhibit, and they strongly dislike captivity.

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

Attractiveness: 50/150
Minimum cost: $2,400
Animals/Shelter: 2min-10max/none
Manageability: somewhat difficult
Exhibit: African savannah, 35 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 70% fresh water, 15% savannah grass, 15% dirt, 1% rocks, 1% foliage - water reed, thorn bush, acacia tree
Comments: It's habitat requirements make it unsuitable for a large mixed exhibit, but you'll find that flamingos suit hippos perfectly! You may need to assign a zookeeper to this exhibit since they have very effective digestion! Hippo exhibits are crowd pleasers.

Cheetah

Cheetah

Attractiveness: 20/60
Minimum cost: $1,600
Animals/Shelter: 1min-3max/rock cave
Manageability: somewhat difficult
Exhibit: African savannah, 50 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 90% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 2% rocks, 2% foliage -thorn bush
Comments: Because it is a fast animal, this cat requires nearly the same amount of room as an elephant. Beware, as they are moody and dislike captivity. It is sensitive to crowds and getting it to reproduce is a challange.

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Attractiveness: 15/45
Minimum cost: $3,600
Animals/Shelter: 3min-15max/rock cave
Manageability: average
Exhibit: African savannah, 20 tiles per animal, 80% suitability
Habitat: 75% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 10% sand, 5% fresh water, 1% rocks, 2% foliage -umbrella acacia tree, acacia tree
Comments: Despite being portrayed as a cowardly charecter, these animals are still a fairly attractive addition to the zoo. Just remember that despite their small size, they have the appetite and poo producing capacity of a lion!

Ostrich

Ostrich

Attractiveness: 5/15
Minimum cost: $2,200
Animals/shelter: 2min-12max/lean-to
Manageability: easy
Exhibit: African Savannah, 20 tiles per animal, 60% suitability
Habitat: 90% savannah grass, 5% dirt, 5% fresh water, 2% rocks, 3% foliage-long savannah grass, thorn bush
Comments: Contrary to popular belief, these birds do not stick their heads in the sand...they don't even like it! They are best in large mixed exhibits and are easy going in every aspect.

Red Kangaroo

Red Kangaroo

Attractiveness: 25/105
Minimum cost: $600
Animals/shelter: 1min-3max/lean to
Manageability: very easy
Exhibit: Australian savannah, 20 tiles per animal, 60% suitability
Habitat: 60% savannah grass, 30% dirt, 8% sand, 2% fresh water, 2% rocks, 4% foliage- hard quandong tree, eucalyptus, grass tree, red gum tree
Comments: This is a real crowd pleaser! A good choice in any game...

Black Bear

Black Bear

Attractiveness: 20/60
Minimum cost: $850
Animals/Shelter: 1min-3max/rock cave
Manageability: average
Exhibit: Deciduous forest, 35 tiles per animal, 70% sutability
Habitat: 60% deciduous forest, 30% coniferous forest, 7% rocks, 20% foliage- trembling aspen, white oak, birch, maple
Comments: This is a good example of how misleading an animals adoption price is its exhibit is VERY costly! They dont like big crowds and they dont like captivity.

Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger

Attractiveness: 30/90
Minimum cost: $2,000
Animals/Shelter: 2min-3max/rock cave
Manageability: easy
Exhibit: Coniferous forest, 35 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 40% coniferous forest, 40% snow, 15% gray rock, 5% fresh water, 2% rocks, 12% foliage- Chinese fir, pine shrub
Comments: This animal is just attractive enough to justify building an exhibit. They prefer fairly steep slopes. However, they adapt well to captivity and is fairly clean. An added bonus if they reproduce, you get two cubs! Siberian tigers can live to a very old age.

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Attractiveness: 35/105
Minimum cost: $1,000
Animals/shelter: 1min-3max/rock cave
Manageability: average
Exhibit: Coniferous forest, 50 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 50% coniferous forest, 20% deciduous forest, 10% brown rock, 10% fresh water, 7% rocks, 20% foliage- yellow cedar, western red cedar, white spruce
Comments: The grizzly is more demanding then the black bear, but has more pull with guests. Getting it to reproduce results in 2 cubs! It is shy, and will cause problems for you if you don't build a strong barrier that helps protect them from prying eyes. Adopting a grizzly is best put off until you are finacially on your feet.

Mandrill

Mandrill

Attractiveness: 12/36
Minimum cost: $3,900
Animals/shelters: 3min-20max/concrete or wooden shelter
Manageability: somewhat difficult
Exhibit: African Rainforest, 15 tiles per animal, 80% suitability
Habitat: 85% rainforest, 10% grass, 5% dirt, 4% rocks, 15% foliage elephant ear tree
Comments: Mandrills can be tricky to handle, as it is sensitive to crowds and captivity. However, once happy they have a very long life span and reproduce quickly.

Okapi

Okapi

Attractiveness: 50/150
Minimum cost: $ 1,800
Animals/shelters: 1min-2max/lean to
Manageability: difficult
Exhibit: African Rainforest, 20 tiles per animal, 80% suitability
Habitat: 85% rainforest, 8% grass, 5% dirt, 1% rocks, 20% foliage orchid tree, rainforest bush
Comments: Okapis have a weak crowd pull in relation to the amount of care it needs. They get unhappy very quickly as they HATE captivity and crowds. It is a good idea to dedicate a zookeeper to this exhibit.

White Bengal Tiger

White Bengal Tiger

Attractiveness:  70/120

Minimum cost:  $3,000

Animals/shelters:  2min-3max, rock cave

Manageability: average

Exhibit: SE Asian Rainforest, 35 tiles per animal, 70% suitability

Habitat: 70% rainforest, 15% grass, 10% fresh water, 5% dirt, 4% rocks, 20% foliage mangrove tree, rainforest fern

Comments: The white Bengal tiger is the second endangered species that you will research. It takes very well to captivity and doesnt mind crowds. Once its habitat requirements are met, it reproduces fairly easily.

Black Leopard

Black Leopard

Attractiveness: 50/150

Minimum cost:  $ 1,600

Animals/shelters:  1min-2max, rock cave

Manageability: somewhat difficult

Exhibit: SE Asian Rainforest, 20 tiles per animal, 90% suitability

Habitat: 85% rainforest, 10% grass, 5% dirt, 6% rocks, 15% foliage foxtail palm, mangrove tree

Comments: This rare cat is the third endangered species to be researched. Its health and appetite are fair, but like other leopards they HATE captivity. Just plan and place the exhibit appropriately.

 

Jaguar

Jaguar

Attractiveness:  25/75

Minimum cost:  $1,100

Animals/shelters:  1min-2max, rock cave

Manageability: somewhat difficult

Exhibit: South American Rainforest, 20 tiles per animal, 90% suitability

Habitat: 75% rainforest, 13% dirt, 12% fresh water,  6% rocks, 20% foliage kapok tree, ulmo tree

Comments: This carnivore is relatively troublesome. It has a small appetite, is very clean, and adapts to captivity fairly well. On the other hand, it is sickly, hates crowds, has a short life span, and does not reproduce easily.

Markhor

Markhor

Attractiveness:  10/30

Minimum cost:  $2,800

Animals/shelters:  2min-7max, lean to

Manageability: Average

Exhibit: Central Asian Highlands, 20 tiles per animal, 90% suitability

Habitat: 60% gray rock, 30% snow, 5% grass, 5% fresh water, 8% rocks, 2% foliage Himalayan birch, Himalayan pine

Comments: This exotic mountain goat tends to be troublesome, mostly because of its high standards for its exhibit. It has fairly delicate health, isnt fond of crowds and does not reproduce very easily.

Giant Panda

Giant Panda

Attractiveness: 90/270

Minimum cost:  $ 5,000

Animals/shelters:  1min-2max, panda cave

Manageability: Very difficult

Exhibit: Central Asian Highlands, 20 tiles per animal, 70% suitability

Habitat: 80% coniferous forest, 8% grass, 5% gray rock, 5% snow, 2% water, 2% rocks, 13% foliage bamboo, Himalayan birch, Himalayan pine

Comments: The giant panda is the last animal that you research. It is a troublesome choice and you should not consider it until you have researched bamboo. It has a ravenous appetite and produces lots of poo. Very poor health and a hatred for both crowds and captivity means that it is almost impossible to keep them happy long enough to reproduce.  Unless you are playing a scenario that requires them, save them until you have lots of cash, time and patience. A dedicated zookeeper is a must as well!

 

American Bighorn Sheep

American Bighorn Sheep

Attractiveness:  15/45

Minimum cost:  $1,800

Animals/shelters:  3min-10max, lean to

Manageability: Average

Exhibit: North American  Highlands, 20 tiles per animal, 50% suitability

Habitat: 70% brown rock, 20% gray rock, 5% grass, 5% fresh water, 7% rocks, 3% foliage Paper Birch, western larch

Comments: The bighorn is a solid choice. This animal is flexible as far as both captivity and habitat are concerned. They are accomplished eaters and modest poo producers, reproduce easily and can live to an old age. It also doesnt seem to mind crowds much

Arctic Wolf

Arctic Wolf

Attractiveness: 15/45

Minimum cost:  $ 4,600

Animals/shelters:  4min-20max, snowy rock cave

Manageability: Average

Exhibit: Arctic, 35 tiles per animal, 85% suitability

Habitat: 80% snow, 15% gray rock, 5% fresh water,  8% rocks, 0% foliage

Comments: The Arctic wolf is a pretty expensive choice, but its exhibit may become one of the most popular in your zoo. It requires a large exhibit. They have short life spans, good appetites and are fairly clean. They display average crowd sensitivity, but are initially fairly unhappy so its important to provide them with the ideal habitat very quickly.

Gemsbok

Gemsbok

Attractiveness:  10/30

Minimum cost:  $2,700

Animals/shelters:  3min-15max, stable

Manageability: Easy

Exhibit: African Desert, 20 tiles per animal, 60% suitability

Habitat: 70% sand, 15% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 5% fresh water, 2% rocks, 3% foliage Quiver tree, prickly pear cactus, palm tree

Comments: This animal is a good choice for any zoo. They enjoy very good health and live to an old age.. They dont seem to mind captivity and crowds and they reproduce fairly easily.

Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile

Attractiveness: 60/120

Minimum cost:  $ 3,000

Animals/shelters:  2min-3max, none

Manageability: Average

Exhibit: Seashore, 20 tiles per animal, 70% suitability

Habitat: 80% salt water, 20% dirt,  2% rocks, 8% foliage water reed

Comments: Croc exhibits are made cheaper by the fact that it only requires low barriers ( make sure they are strong!) Their biggest problem is their poo production, other then that they are easy to care for. They display a small amount of crowd sensitivity, so remember to provide them with some privacy.

Triceratops

Triceratops

Attractiveness:  95/285

Minimum cost:  $20,000

Animals/shelters:  2min-10max, none

Manageability: Very Difficult

Exhibit: Savannah, 50 tiles per animal, 85% suitability

Habitat: 75% savannah grass, 15% dirt, 5% sand, 5% fresh water, 2% rocks, 9% foliage Grass tree, thorn bush

Comments: This animal, which becomes available when you complete the final scenario, is a lot of trouble! Feeding and cleaning up after them is a MAJOR task and so is keeping it healthy! Taken good care of, they have long life spans, but getting it to reproduce is very hard. It is tolerant of crowds, but hates captivity. You may need more then one dedicated zoo keeper for this exhibit. This is the BIGGEST zoo attraction in Zoo Tycoon.

 

Olive Baboon

Olive Baboon

Attractiveness: 10/30
Minimum cost: $2,700
Animals/Shelter: 3min-20max/concrete or wooden shelter
Manageability: somewhat difficult
Exhibit: African savannah, 15 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 90% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 4% rocks, 15% foliage - baobob, thorn bush
Comments: Cheapest of the primates, eating and digestive habits are pretty easy going. However, they get sick easily and are moody. Overall, one of the easier primates to manage and therefore a good choice for your first primate exhibit.

Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhino

Attractiveness: 10/30
Minimum cost: $1,200
Animals/Shelter: 1min-2max/stable
Manageability: easy
Exhibit: African savannah, 50 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 85% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 5% fresh water, 2% rocks, 9% foliage - umbrella acacia tree, thorn bush
Comments: An exhibit devoted solely to the rhino can be boring. Otherwise, you can put a solitary rhino in a mixed savannah exhibit.It needs a strong exhibit barrier and a lot of attention for it's dietary and digestive needs. On the plus side, they live a long time.

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Attractiveness: 5/15
Minimum cost: $3,000
Animals/Shelter: 3min025max/lean-to
Manageability: easy
Exhibit: African savannah, 15 tiles per animal, 60% suitability
Habitat: 80% savannahh grass, 10% dirt, 5% sand, 5% water, 1% rocks, 2% foliage - long savannah grass, thorn acacia
Comments: Very tolerant and uncomplaining by nature. It reproduces quickly and has an average life span. Another good choice for a mixed savannah exhibit.

African Buffalo

African Buffalo

Attractiveness: 5/15
Minimum cost: $2,400
Animals/Shelter: 2min-10max/stable
Manageability: average
Exhibit: African savannah, 20 tiles per animal
Habitat: 80% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 5% sand, 5% fresh water, 5% foliage - long savannah grass NO ROCKS!
Comments: tolerant of it's exhibit, a good choice for a mixed exhibit. Does not reproduce as easily as some other savannah animals

Lion

Lion

Attractiveness: 30/60
Minimum cost: $2,100
Animals/Shelter: 3min-10max/rock cave
Manageability: easy
Exhibit: African savannah, 20 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 83% savannah grass, 10% dirt, 5% sand, 2% fresh water, 1% rocks, 13% foliage - umbrella acacia tree, baobob
Comments: This animal is one of the best choices for any game. Always attractive to guests, tolerant of crowds, clean and easy going.

Leopard

Leopard

Attractiveness: 40/120
Minimum cost: $1,100
Animals/Shelter: 1min-2max/rock cave
Manageability: average
Exhibit: African savannah, 35 tiles per animal, 90% suitability
Habitat: 70% savannah grass, 20% rainforest, 5% dirt, 5% fesh water, 6% rocks, 15% foliage - baobob, thorn acacia tree
Comments: With a well designed exhibit, this animal is not hard to care for. They have an average life span, and enjoy average health.

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

Attractiveness: 10/30
Minimum cost: $1,500
Animals/Shelter: 2min-20max/none
Manageability: easy
Exhibit: African savannah, 15 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 60% fresh water, 20% dirt, 10% savannah grass, 10% sand, no rocks, no foliage
Comments: Flamingos are best when they are put in with hippos. It is fairly easy to care for, tolerant of crowds and reproduces easily. However, like the hyena, they can produce as nuch poo as an elephant!

African Warthog

African Warthog

Attractiveness: 10/30
Minimum cost: $1,200
Animals/shelter: 2min-6max/burrow
Manageability: easy
Exhibit: African savannah, 20 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 70% dirt, 20% savannah grass, 5% sand, 5% fresh water, 6% rocks, 2% foliage-thorn bush, long savannah grass
Comments: This little piggy likes dirt! This is a cheap exhibit to build, and warthogs are too demanding in their habitat to be part of a mixed exhibit. They are very sensitive to crowds, so give them a place where they can hide!

American Bison

American Bison

Attractiveness: 10/30
Minimum cost: $4,500
Animals/Shelter: 3min-10max/stable
Manageability: average
Exhibit: North American grassland, 20 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 95% grass, 5% fresh water, 3% rocks, 3% foliage- broadleaf buush
Comments: This animal is wasy to care for, put has a good size appetite and proportianate poo producing ability. They are not cheap to adopt, despite the simplicity of their exhibit.

Moose

Moose

Attractiveness: 25/75
Minimum cost: $700
Animals/Shelter: 1min-3max/stable
Manageability: easy
Exhibit: Deciduous forest, 20 tiles per animal, 75% suitability
Habitat: 50% deciduous forest, 20% coniferous forest, 20% grass, 10% fresh water, 2% rocks, 14% foliage- weeping willow, white oak
Comments: A docile animal that doesnt mind crowds or captivity and has an average health and life span. Good choice in any game.

Unicorn

Unicorn

Attractiveness: 90/270
Minimum cost: $12,000
Animals/shelter: 2min-4max/lean to
Manageability: difficult
Exhibit: Deciduous forest, 60 tiles per animal, 80% suitability
Habitat: 80% deciduous forest, 10% grass, 10% fresh water, 4% rocks, 15% foliage- japanese maple, cherry, maple
Comments: Altough not tiny, it eats like a mouse and produces little poo. It is shy, but that does not mean that they dislike people and captivity.It's health is very delicate and even with the best care they have a short life span.

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

Attractiveness: 10/30
Minimum cost: $3,600
Animals/shelter: 4min-20max/rock cave
Manageability: somewhat difficult
Exhibit: Coniferous forest, 35 tiles per animal,80% suitability
Habitat: 50% coniferous forest, 25% grass, 20% deciduous forest, 5% fresh water, 1% rocks, 12% foliage- yellow cedar, lodge pine, white spruce
Comments: This animal needs an expensive exhibit- it has to be big and most of that area needs to be covered in foliage. They have good appetites, so feeding and cleaning up after a pack will keep the zookeeper very busy! They enjoy good health and live a long time, but they are not fond of crowds or captivity!

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

Attractiveness: 15/45
Minimum cost: $4,500
Animals/shelters: 3min-15max, concrete or wooden shelter
Manageability: Average
Exhibit: African Rainforest, 15 tiles per animal, 70% suitability
Habitat: 85% rainforest, 10% grass, 5% dirt, 4% rocks, 20% foliage orchid tree
Comments: Chimps are easier to care for then mandrills and reproduce easily if kept happy. They are highly attractive to your guests, so plan accordingly!

Lowland Gorilla

Lowland Gorilla

Attractiveness: 25/75
Minimum cost: $5,000
Animals/shelters: 2min-10max/concrete or wooden shelter
Manageability: difficult
Exhibit: African Rainforest, 20 tiles per animal, 85% suitability
Habitat: 70% rainforest, 20% grass, 10% dirt, 6% rocks, 15% foliage elephant ear tree
Comments: This exhibit can be a huge hit with guests if taken care of. Getting these animals to reproduce is difficult, fortunately gorillas can live to a very old age. Do not mix the primates, as lowland gorillas are very sensitive!

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger

Attractiveness: 50/150

Minimum cost:  $800

Animals/shelters: 1min-2max, rock cave

Manageability: Easy

Exhibit: SE Asian Rainforest, 35 tiles per animal, 70% suitability

Habitat: 70% rainforest, 15% grass, 10% water, 5% dirt, 2% rocks, 20% foliage mangrove tree, rainforest fern

Comments: These are very easy cats to care for. They adapt well to captivity, dont mind crowds and have good health. They are a good choice in any game.

 

Clouded Leopard

Clouded Leopard

Attractiveness: 40/120

Minimum cost: $1,800

Animals/shelters: 1min-2max, rock cave

Manageability: somewhat  difficult

Exhibit: SE Asian Rainforest, 35 tiles per animal, 90% suitability

Habitat: 80% rainforest, 20% grass, 5% dirt, 6% rocks, 15% foliage mangrove tree, rainforest fern

Comments: This cat is shy! Because its shyness limits the number of spectators, this animal is not a good choice unless your zoo is financially sound. Adding a clouded leopard exhibit often means having to hire an extra zookeeper.

 

Giant Anteater

Giant Anteater

Attractiveness: 10/30

Minimum cost:  $600

Animals/shelters: 1min-3max, burrow

Manageability: Easy

Exhibit: South American Rainforest, 15 tiles per animal, 70% suitability

Habitat: 80% rainforest, 10% dirt, 8% grass, 5% dirt, 2% fresh water, 12% foliage ulmo tree, llala palm

Comments: Anteaters are one of the most economical choices you can make. They arent very fussy about heir habitat, dont eat much, and are very clean.

 

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Attractiveness: 55/165

Minimum cost:  $2,400

Animals/shelters: 1min-2max, snowy rock cave

Manageability: Difficult

Exhibit: Central Asian Highlands, 35 tiles per animal, 90% suitability

Habitat: 60% snow, 30% gray rock, 10% brown rock, 10% rocks, 1% foliage Himalayan pine

Comments: The snow leopard is the fourth endangered animal that you will research. It is a very cranky cat that dislikes captivity and absolutely HATES crowds. It has a very expensive exhibit and must be planned carefully. It suffers from shaky health and is very reluctant to reproduce. Not a good choice to adopt unless you have to.

 

Ibex

Ibex

Attractiveness: 25/75

Minimum cost: $1,875

Animals/shelters: 3min-10max, lean to

Manageability: Average

Exhibit: Central Asian Highlands, 20 tiles per animal, 75% suitability

Habitat: 70% gray rock, 20% brown rock, 5% grass, 5% fresh water, 7% rocks, 1% foliage Himalayan pine, Himalayan birch

Comments: This species is the safest bet among the highland animals. It adapts well to captivity, enjoys robust health, and reproduces fairly easily. The only real drawback is the sensitivity to crowds. Design and place accordingly!

 

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

Attractiveness: 50/150

Minimum cost:  $1,500

Animals/shelters: 1min-3max, snowy rock cave

Manageability: Average

Exhibit: Arctic Polar, 35 tiles per animal, 70% suitability

Habitat: 50% snow, 50% salt water, 4% rocks, 0% foliage

Comments: The ease of building a perfect polar bear exhibit slightly offsets the bear troublesome traits. It doesnt like captivity or big crowds. It also has a big appitite and digestion to match. It also has surprisingly shaky health, but if cared for well it will live for a long time. Make sure they have enough privacy.

Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin

Attractiveness: 15/45

Minimum cost: $2,200

Animals/shelters: 2min-16max, snowy rock cave

Manageability: Average

Exhibit: Antarctic Polar, 15 tiles per animal, 70% suitability

Habitat: 60% salt water, 40% snow,  6% rocks, 0% foliage

Comments: A big exhibit ranks as a top attraction. They are fairly easy to care for, are restrained eaters and poo producers. They take well to captivity, dont mind crowds and enjoy good health. Its exhibit is fairly cheap to build, as strong barriers are not needed.

 

Dromedary Camel

Dromedary Camel

Attractiveness: 10/30

Minimum cost:  $900

Animals/shelters: 1min-10max, stable

Manageability: Easy

Exhibit: African Desert, 20 tiles per animal, 90% suitability

Habitat: 88% sand, 10% dirt, 2% fresh water 1% rocks, 1% foliage Quiver tree, prickly pear cactus, palm tree

Comments: The camel is a safe, if not exciting choice for your zoo. It isnt bothered by crowds and captivity, has a hearty appetite with matching poo production. Once habitat requirements are met they reproduce easily.

California Sea Lion

California Sea Lion

Attractiveness: 20/60

Minimum cost: $1,400

Animals/shelters: 2min-16max, none

Manageability: Somewhat Difficult

Exhibit: Seashore, 35 tiles per animal, 70% suitability

Habitat: 90% salt water, 10% gray rock,  0% rocks, 0% foliage

Comments: This animal is everybodys favorite! A big sea lion exhibit is a star attraction, but remember to provide some privacy. It is best to assign a dedicated zoo keeper as they have healthy appetites and produce lots of poo. They adapt well to captivity and crowds, but they have short life spans.