Planet Zoo: Southeast Asia Animal Pack + Update 1.5 – Out Now!
Hey there, Planet Zoo fans! Grab onto something sturdy and steady yourself, because the incredible Southeast Asia Animal Pack is available to purchase right now. Containing eight amazing animals your guests will go wild for, alongside one timed scenario set in a never-before-seen location, you can expand your zoo and tackle all-new challenges today.
The Southeast Asia Animal Pack features the most additions in Planet Zoo to date, all of them native to the majestic continent of Southeast Asia. From solitary tree-dwellers to social roamers, you’ve got plenty of choice. Take the clouded leopard, a beautiful arboreal cat rarely seen in its natural environment. Or the playful sun bear, a diminutive bear species happiest when climbing.
The full list of animals in the Southeast Asia Animal Pack includes the clouded leopard, sun bear, proboscis monkey, Ussuri dhole, Malayan tapir, North Sulawesi babirusa, binturong, and giant leaf insect. Build them wonderful habitats, dedicate time to meeting their needs, and help them live their best lives amongst ideal surroundings.
The pack also features a timed scenario set in Perak, Malaysia. Here you’ll take on the challenge of developing a stunning zoo amidst more tropical surroundings – the perfect showcase for Planet Zoo animals new and old. Try and get a gold star!
And that’s not all. The Southeast Asia Animal Pack launches alongside a free update. Update 1.5, also out now for all Planet Zoo players, introduces a range of useful features and improvements, including multiple zoo entrances for increased footfall, video billboards to help direct guests, the ability to change the volume and colour of water, and its own timed scenario. This one invites you to Bernie’s country park, Goodwin House, to try your hand turning it into a world-class zoo.
Top 10 tips to help you master Planet Zoo
Hello there and welcome to our top ten tips for Planet Zoo! In this guide you’ll discover downright essential gameplay tricks and advice to help you master the much-loved zoo management simulation. So, if you want to earn money fast, increase animal welfare, and get more guests through the gates than ever before, read on.
Where to build first
When you start your zoo, it’s a good idea to build your first habitats and facilities right next to the park entrance. This is because the park entrance provides free electricity. It’ll not only save you money, but increase the rate you get it, since guests needn’t travel far to see your animals. Develop gradually, however – you don’t want to overbuild and go bankrupt.
What animals to buy
For starters, you’ll want to buy young animals. This ensures they remain in your zoo for as long as possible. Buying juveniles is especially important when dealing with species who have small life spans, insects for example. You should also look to buy animals with good genetics, such as high immunity and fertility – they’ll breed quickly and avoid disease.
Who should you hire?
Welcome to staff management 101. Start with two keepers, two vets and two mechanics. This is the minimum needed to keep your park running. Make sure their staff area is connected with a staff path, close to your starting habitat, and contains the following buildings: keeper hut, trade centre, staff room, vet surgery, workshop and research centre.
Start researching immediately
As soon as you’ve hired staff, optimise your time by beginning animal research. This is key to unlocking enrichments and increasing animal welfare. Researching power is also vital. Go for the solar panel, one-way glass, and bigger staff facilities. The more you research, the smoother your park will operate, and the less problems you’ll encounter over time.
How to optimise research
Researching animals raises their welfare and unlocks enrichments, but you don't need to research every animals for those rewards to take effect. In other words, if you research one animal of a given type, you'll unlock enrichment items for all animals of that type. Don’t waste time researching both lions and tigers. They’re part of the same cat family, so just pick one.
The best way to earn money
Keeping your animals happy is the quickest route to a successful zoo. Make sure your animal welfare is over 90% and you’ll get a huge boost to guest happiness. The happier the guests, the more money you’ll make. Animal welfare cannot be underestimated. To increase it, monitor their various terrain, diet, and social needs.
Use donation boxes for additional revenue
Donation boxes create extra sources of revenue for your zoo, and you can put them just about anywhere. Try placing one right next to a window that looks directly into a popular habitat, as guests love gathering here. Doing so ensures maximum profit from donations. Donation boxes are a cheap way to boost cash flow.
Use animals with high appeal rating
Animal appeal greatly impacts guest happiness and spending. That’s why, if you want to increase profits, you should prioritise animals with the highest appeal ratings. When searching on the market, filter your animals by ‘Price - Cash Listing Only’, and ‘Appeal - Highest to Lowest’. Buy the top ranked animals and your guests will love you for it.
Direct guests to increase spending
If you want guests to visit specific areas of your zoo, use billboards to point the way – they’re completely free. You can even get creative and add your own custom images to billboards. Alternatively, try investing in side entrances. These let guests enter from additional locations, and help with their distribution.
Reduce negative impact
No one likes a bad atmosphere, so make sure none of your buildings are giving negative vibes to your guests. To do so, bring up the heatmap and use the negative impact overlay to identify troublesome areas. Either remove these areas, or better yet, spend some time decorating them and spread the positive energy!
We hope you enjoyed reading our top ten tips for Planet Zoo. Why not test them out today? Planet Zoo is available to purchase on Steam right now. And, with the new Southeast Asia Animal Pack out today, it’s never been a better time to experience the award-winning zoo management simulatio