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Zoo Tycoon

Windows - 2001

Alt name 动物园大亨
Year 2001
Platform Windows
Released in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, United Kingdom (2001)
Germany, United Kingdom (2005)
Czechia, Slovakia (2007)
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Managerial, Real-Time
Publisher Acer TWP Corp, Empire Interactive Europe Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Ubisoft Entertainment SA
Developer Blue Fang Games, LLC
Perspectives Isometric, Free-roaming camera, Diagonal-down
4.35 / 5 - 742 votes

Description of Zoo Tycoon

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Zoo Tycoon takes the classic “city-building” strategy game gameplay and transplants it to the design and operation of private zoos. Additionally, it adds a more-than-thin veneer of educational value by including write-ups on the dozens of animals available and mechanics that reward matching species with their appropriate environments. The results are a fun, if somewhat fiddly, experience.

Your goals are two-fold in Zoo Tycoon: create enclosures that would make your animals content and offer amenities to keep your guests content. The latter perhaps has undue weight, as your zoo is principally funded by ticket revenues and concession sales. The resultant zoos are an amusing paradox: animal habitats will be far more natural and enrichment-filled than what you would see in a typical zoo, while the spectacular theme park trappings also exceed what would be deemed acceptable or appropriate with a typical zoo. Of course, this is because most accredited zoos operate on public and private grants, donations, trusts and taxes rather than stuffed animal sales and elephant rides.

The most time-consuming part of gameplay is tweaking your enclosures: while there is immediate feedback from animals in the form of increases and decreases to their happiness, the detailed “keeper” report refreshes more slowly, which can lead to the biggest in-game waste of money, especially since you have to build exhibits around animals rather than planning them in advanced [though someone who has mastered the game can certainly ballpark it]. Filling your park with amenities to keep guests happy is much easier, and you're far less prone to waste your money on screw-ups.

Overall, Zoo Tycoon is a fun game that will appeal to planners, strategists and city-builders. There several scenarios available with a wide range of difficulties and challenges on top of the many free-play maps available. One major drawback is the lack of a “campaign” game, where one might string together a career as a successful park manager.

Review By P. Alexander

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Comments and reviews

ash 2024-05-18 2 points

I used DAEMON Tools for Mac and was able to get this installed successfully, and the disk is mounted, but when I click "play" it says I need to "insert the cd-rom." any advice?

anon 2024-05-04 0 point

Hey please make it without the iso version thank you

Moe 2024-04-05 2 points

Honestly, I'm really surprised I was even able to get this working! I'm not really a tech guy and definitely had quite a few issues trying to sort everything out. I ended up using both WinBin2Iso and WinCDEmu to get it running properly. Super thankful I was able to relive some great childhood memories with this :)

bre 2024-01-27 0 point

ok so i downloaded just fine the first time but now this second time its not even looking the same when downloaded the marina part doesn't even show its nothing like the first time at all this time i cant figure out how to download it cant even get to the setup/download screen all the files are different
same computer as the first time and everything

Marcus 2023-07-06 1 point

Hat bei mir ohne Probleme oder nachladen irgendwelcher dll`s funktioniert. Guter Download! Danke!

Old Men 2001 2023-07-01 -1 point

Ich hoffe das Ich dieses Spiel KOSTENLOS bekomme auf Windos 10. Weil das ist ein super Spiel .

lex 2023-06-24 -1 point

This doesn't work, don't waste your time.

Kas 2023-05-26 8 points

Guys you don't need Demontools. You can just use WinRAR.

Open the ISO with WinRAR then drag all of its contents into a new folder (named something like "Zoo Tycoon setup"). Run the file called SETUP and go through the installer.

After that the game should be available to play, HOWEVER I ran into two problems which I've fixed.

ERROR: "The code execution cannot proceed because ilj15.dll was not found"
SOLUTION: Download the missing file from here and drop it into your Zoo Tycoon folder (not the setup one, the one with the game in):

IF THE GAME CRASHES ON START UP / DOESN'T LOAD: Right-click zoo.exe, select the Compatibility tab, tick "Run in compatibility mode for" and then select Windows XP (Service Pack 3) in the drop down menu. That loaded the game up perfectly fine for me.

karma 2023-05-25 0 point

I mounted the game with Daemon and ran the installation process, but when I click play it still says "Cannot start Zoo Tycoon!". Was wondering if anyone can help me fix this?

human 2023-05-18 -2 points

this game is really scarey DO NOT remove pieces of the fences of exhibits from wild animals such as lions because the lions will escape and kill the tourists in the zoo! you have been warned.

ledk 2023-05-10 0 point

eu tenho esse jogo em portugues ele foi lançado no brasil SIM porem tem poucas unidades em portugues

barknuckle 2023-03-27 0 point

i remember getting this game in my cereal

CK 2023-03-19 0 point

Downloaded and can play, but the challenges won't complete once I finish them. The checks come up on the trophy page, but the pop up that say I've completed it won't register :( anyone else have a similar bug?

Mastercaptain747 2023-02-26 0 point

Downloaded it perfect on my 2021 MacBook , from the unique instructions given in the comments. every time I try to save my game it crashes , any suggestions ?

emokidvirgil 2023-01-17 -1 point

havent played it but i think i will like it

aaaaa 2022-10-27 -1 point

no lo he jugado pero se ve bueno, diganme sus opiniones aserca de este juego plss

hollowboness 2022-08-19 1 point

how does this work :( whats a cue file and what is daemon

Miss_strawberry_moo 2022-08-10 35 points

Saw Wilbur Soot play this game and now I wanna play it too but I don't fully understand on how to install this. Does anyone have any good tutorials or so?

Lili 2022-08-07 1 point

Don’t use Daemon, it installed malware on my computer. Hopefully there’s an alternative because the game is great

Cpt. Nemo 2022-06-23 -3 points

To use the Bonus Animals from Misc downloads, put the ZTD files in the Updates folder of the game directory, and the lang.dll files in the main game directory. However, the reindeer's lang.dll seems to be corrupt or otherwise doesn't load properly, so you won't be able to see the animal's description inside the game.

ari 2022-05-09 4 points

i need step by step, i have no idea what im doing, can someone help the steps here i dont understand

joe 2022-04-21 -1 point

works perfectly epic

SHAA AZUNABURU 2022-02-03 2 points

Thanks to comments, I can confirm working 2022.
I had 'No CD error'. To resolve, mount CD1 and go through install, point the install to your installation directory, and it will say it needs 0mb to install. Then go through the installation process.
Do the same for CD2(Marine) mount and run the setup/install, point it to your installation directory, it will say it needs 0mb, run the installation, then you can play.
I dont know why we would need to install each time, but it works, and only takes 5 mins overall. Make sure to save/load your progress. (backup saves are always good idea)

macusernewbie 2021-10-28 3 points

I figured it out! The no cd issue-- To start off, I'm running this game on a 2021 Macbook Air using Daemon Lite and Crossover. First, I downloaded the install file from here and mounted it using daemon tools lite. That part is pretty simple. You'll see that it's a .cue or .bin file, so the only way I could use it was by getting daemon tools. I then downloaded Crossover. With Crossover once you've mounted the file in daemon tools, you can install it. This part y'all can follow the tutorials for. After that, here's where it get's funky. The game will install but it won't play because you need to insert a CD. For this part, download the no CD patch file. Unzip it, it's a .exe file. Then in CrossOver, you have to open the "bottle" for zoo tycoon, double click it and select open the c drive, then go to Users folder and click Crossover, then find the windows applications and open zoo tycoon. From there, you should be able to find the .exe file that matches the name of the patch file and delete it, then you replace it with the .exe patch file. It MUST be the file that has the exact same name, I believe this one is "zoo.exe". Voila! It should run. Y'all that took me two days and endless googling to figure out. But it worked finally! :)

MARIOFAN09391939 2021-07-12 -2 points

where is CD-ROM?

JAY 2021-06-09 -4 points

can't do Shift+4 for more money,please fix it :(

Dini 2021-04-12 1 point

Hey it isn't compulsory to download deamon tools to play the game right?

Cenerentola 2021-04-05 2 points

Downloading and installing the game worked just fine, mounted it with deamon. But now, as soon I click on "play" nothing happens at all. The window disappears and thats it. Any help? Am using Win 10

Birchy902 2021-02-16 4 points

So I've uploaded the game, installed it by mounting it to Deamon tools and running the full install. Get to the section that says "play game" and it just crashes. On Windows 10. I have absolutely no idea how to get passed the final stage :(

Ava 2021-01-17 0 point

I love zoo tycoon

saimsn 2020-09-16 -4 points

@the french girl, you wrote its obligate to click on quick mount before every launch. Which file do I have do mount?

xxcawsc 2020-08-17 -4 points

nice thank you

null 2020-07-12 -1 point

nevermind, i found the answer. its unlocked through gameplay for anyone wonder.

null 2020-07-12 -3 points

for some reason i have only 8 animals to choose from and barely any rocks and trees to place. is this a bug or do i need to unlock it through gameplay? what's the deal?

Admiral Moo 2020-05-07 2 points

For anyone having trouble with the game not starting, heres a video tutorial on how to solve the problem in the grand majority of cases:

Brigi 2020-04-15 -2 points

kérlek legyempn elérhető appstorba is!

Yann 2020-04-02 1 point

I can't mount the image on daemons tools, it does not work (even with the step by step solution ...). Could someone help us out ?

sksmsehdgur 2020-04-01 -5 points

i cant play this game with no disc?

flower 2020-03-25 -7 points

so I have downloaded the files but when i click on them it doesn't say I can open them!! does anyone have some amazing step by step instructions?

Trashgriffin 2020-03-15 2 points

Hello, I own the original game on CD including Marine Mania and Dinosaur Digs. Is there any way I could contribute to this?

MJ 2020-02-26 2 points

Game is installed.

1. make sure to download all of the files
2. the main file contains the cue file VLC
3. put the cue file out of his original file
4. start up your daemon tolls and click on the button in left bellow named as quick mount.
5. click on de cue VLC. Then a blue disc appears in bellow. click again and you are able to install the game.
6. Have some fun!

MJ 2020-02-26 1 point

I mounted the cue file in Daemon tools. However it opens the cue file with VLC player and nothing is happening.

Can anyone help me out?

thestrangesock 2020-02-21 1 point

I love this game, put hours into it. just wish they had the dino and marine version of it

EREW 2020-01-21 0 point


Bird 2020-01-20 -1 point

Spent a lot of time playing this and rollercoaster tycoon. I'd buy this on steam in a heartbeat.

Topa 2020-01-12 1 point

Zoo Tycoon 1 is one of the classics I allways loved. But rn I am downloading it so I can download Zoo Tycoon 2, just for more animals..But Zoo Tycoon 1 was the best tycoon game I played.

The French girl 2019-11-14 35 points

If you download Zoo tycoon 1 on internet and you don't have a disk, here is a solution:
Step 1 : Make sure to download the game as a compress folder with a CUE file
Step 2 : Download Demon tool - the software allows you to turn CUE files into disc and create game support
Step 3 : Open Demon Tools. At the Bottom on left, click on "Quick Mount"
-this step is obligate every time you want to launch the game -
Step 4 : The creation of the CD disc is made, you must see the icone when you open 'This PC' , it will be in "Devices and drives" next to "Windows C"
Step 5 : Then run the game installer until the last step
FINAL : Start the game and the problem should be fixed!

==Don't forget to do the step 3 every time you turn off/on your computer to play !

DarioDRex 2019-10-25 -4 points

Can someone tell me how to fix the 'you need to insert disc' problem?

arawie 2019-10-22 0 point

this game are best

aaa 2019-10-14 0 point

why only videos were downloaded??

SPINOZILLA1954 2019-09-10 1 point


Davan2019 2019-08-25 0 point

Even though I already installed and mounted the file it's still asking me for the disk to play what do I do?

rexx 2019-07-19 2 points

No se como instalar el juego podrían ayudarme?

Shan420 2019-07-04 4 points

THIS WEBSITE IS SO COOL. Finding all my old childhood games on here!

wng 2019-07-02 1 point

yay it works hope it doesn't give me cancer later

Rhys 2019-06-26 1 point

I love this game

Hipertor 2019-06-01 1 point

SEVERAL visual aspects on the IU and objects in-game from the classic game are VERY different in these screenshots. Is this some kind of remaster?

Cristina 2019-05-18 3 points

Great download. Mounted it using daemon tools lite and it worked on the first try. THANK YOU!! This used to be my favorite game growing up, so it's really great to be able to play it again.

BILAL 2019-05-08 1 point


abbster707 2019-04-19 7 points

How do yall get it to work? im not too tech savy. Is it similar to downloading mods for the sims 4?

COBRA 2019-03-30 1 point

Been gaming since 200, can't get enough

Mollie 2019-03-17 2 points

Works great for me using WinCDEmu to mount the cue file. This is only disc one of the complete collection, so I think no marine or prehistoric creatures.
Thank you!! Please add disc 2 if you can.

tom.mcnair.lloyd 2018-12-15 2 points

I hope I get ZOO TYCOON not zoo tycoon 2

mrpenguinb 2018-11-16 0 point

The game has DRM, you have to download a crack/no cd patch in order for the game to work. Or else you could re-enable Secdrv (SafeDisc) DRM in Windows.

indian cowboy 2018-10-24 2 points

it doesn´t work! I can´t open it and it makes me really sad, I waited an hour to play it but it doesn´t work :(
I try it again and I hope now it´ll work

Milkyway 2018-10-04 0 point

I pay warframe,
and this is STILL one oof my favourites. Thank you for the easy download!

jonas 2018-09-03 2 points

So I downloaded the file and it has 2 files in it, a .bin and a .cue what do I do?

Milky 2018-08-19 0 point

Thank youuuu, I love this game so much

Civlit 2018-08-11 21 points

hmm is there a way to get the dino/marine park from "disc two" installed also?

daksh 2018-07-24 1 point

wonderful game

Sharkie 2018-07-19 1 point

I'm downloading now & I think this is will make someone creative

Civlit 2018-07-10 3 points

got the game downloaded, mounted, installed and ran, on ingame loading page after intro movie clips it auto closes with "a problem has caused blahblah stopped working" :|

df 2018-07-10 0 point

Thank you

SWETHA 2018-06-29 2 points

Thank you

Fatu 2018-06-24 1 point

It's a perfect game for me.I love it

k.prabhu 2018-06-19 1 point


Rob 2018-06-16 0 point

Didn't work here, don't know how to make it :/

romario 2018-06-08 0 point


nun 2018-06-01 0 point

this is gonna give my computer cancer isnt it?

øl og sprit 2018-05-25 0 point


moomoo 2018-05-22 -1 point


shreejith 2018-05-05 0 point

Thank you

Cha 2018-04-18 0 point

Hi there! I am on mac using PlayonMac to run games such as heroes 2 or AOE 2, it works fine but I can't seem to be able to install zoo tycoon, could anyone help? thx

Lokia 2018-04-15 0 point

I've been trying to get this to work, I'm at a loss... HELP!

BrforDath 2018-04-07 0 point

NIce game

JOCKEY 2018-03-06 1 point


Victor 2018-02-16 -1 point


ruben 2018-01-30 0 point


rsedf 2018-01-12 0 point


hhhhh 2018-01-11 1 point


kimmy 2017-12-03 0 point


Juju 2017-11-30 1 point

Awesome game

Tae 2017-11-28 0 point

I want to really want to play this game

Stripes 2017-11-25 27 points

You have to mount the .cue file with a program such as Daemon tools to install and while you play.

RedWolfDragon71 2017-11-24 2 points

I can not get this game to play. Help please.

Jighonk 2017-11-04 3 points

It said that it needs the CD-ROM. Could someone help me?

hazem 2017-10-17 1 point


Gert 2017-10-05 4 points

I have it installed, but it's now saying "Please insert the CD-ROM"... I burned a copy of the CD but still getting the message. Help please?

loki 2017-09-26 1 point


lolixd 2017-09-24 0 point

nice game

Loli 2017-09-24 0 point

Nice Game

cici 2017-09-11 -5 points

how do i download it?

WIlberforce 2017-08-26 0 point

Is this the demo version?

radhika 2017-08-13 -3 points

nice game but takes very much time to download........

Jack 2017-07-30 2 points

what do i have to do to get this to work

TheLord 2017-07-27 1 point

When i was litle i remeber playing this and having loads of fun! Windows XP rocks!

Error 2017-05-12 1 point

These old PC games look beautiful on a CRT, they were made for it.

Gavin 2017-04-19 -2 points

It'd be cool if this was remade with a new graphics engine, because it's an amazing game.
Still very fun to play despite the aged graphics.

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