Zoo Tycoon

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Zoo Tycoon
Zoo Tycoon cover
Blue Fang Games
Mac OS (Classic) Westlake Interactive
macOS (OS X) Westlake Interactive
Microsoft Game Studios
Mac OS, macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows October 17, 2001
Mac OS (Classic) July 21, 2003
macOS (OS X) July 21, 2003
Zoo Tycoon guide on StrategyWiki
Zoo Tycoon on MobyGames
Zoo Tycoon on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Zoo Tycoon
Zoo Tycoon 2001
Zoo Tycoon 2 2004
Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection 2017


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Dinosaur Digs
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Marine Mania
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Version differences[edit]

Complete Edition contains every expansion pack and comes with a EXTRA expansion pack thats only available in the Complete Colllection .

Essential improvements[edit]


Skip intro videos[edit]

Go to <path-to-game> and delete BFLOGO.AVI, BFLOGO.WMV, MSLOGO.AVI, and MSLOGO.WMV

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\zoo.ini[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saved Games\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
Scenario progress is saved in zoo.ini under [scenario]

Video settings[edit]

Video and Audio Settings
Video and Audio Settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Tooltip settings
Tooltip settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution. Higher resolutions result in an smaller HUD resolution above 1080p may be somewhat unusable for some people.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set a custom resolution[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open zoo.ini.
  3. Find the [user] section in the file.
  4. Find the following lines

5. Replace them with desired resolution

High frame rate[edit]

Set a custom frame rate limit[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open zoo.ini.
  3. Find the [user] section in the file.
  4. Find the line that begins with DrawRate.
  5. Change the number after the equals sign to the frame rate you want to lock the game at.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Main volume and menu music
Surround sound
No voice acting.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0a compatible
Mac OS
Operating system (OS) 9.2.2
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G3
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).