Zoo Tycoon (2001)

Publishers Microsoft
Developers Blue Fang Games
Release date 2001
Genre Simulation
Game rating

Game Description

Zoo Tycoon is a simulation computer game developed by Blue Fang Games, and published by Microsoft in 2001. It’s a single player game, initially released to be played on a Microsoft PC or Apple Macintosh. In Zoo Tycoon, the player gets to experience all the excitement of running a business by becoming the titular zoo tycoon: building, running and expanding their very own zoo.

The player can build everything from food stands to movie theatres – and of course, animal exhibits, for a wide choice of animals. While restaurants and shops help keep guests happy, you need both guest and animal happiness high to make money. To keep the animals happy you’ll need to carefully choose their habitat and terrain. If you put the lions in an arctic exhibit, they won’t be too pleased! Don’t forget to employ plenty of zookeepers, or else an animal might just get loose – and could kill a guest.

You can choose to play in either scenario or freeform mode. In scenario mode, the game sets objectives for the player to reach, often in a limited time. This could mean achieving a certain level of guest happiness, or breeding a particular animal in your zoo. Scenario mode provides structured game play and regular, measurable achievement. In freeform mode, the player has total freedom. They can set their own aims and pursue them at any pace they’d like. As the game progresses, you can invest in researching new items and new animals, unlocking them and making them playable.

Download Zoo Tycoon

We might have the game available for more than one platform. Zoo Tycoon is currently available on these platforms:

Windows (2001)

Zoo_Tycoon_Win_Preinstalled_EN.zip (972.4MB)

Zoo_Tycoon_Win_ROM_EN.zip (1.19GB)

Zoo_Tycoon_Win_ISO_EN.zip (483.9MB)

How to play in Windows

  1. Download Zoo_Tycoon_Win_ROM_EN.zip and extract the files to your desktop. You might need to use a software such as 7-zip or WinRar to extract.
  2. After that, you want to mount the 2 ROM files found inside the downloaded folder, to do this you will need to use a software such as Daemon Tools.
  3. When you have them mounted, run the setup found inside the mounted drive for the base game (not expansion) and finish installing the game. After, run the setup for the expansion and install it.
  4. Finally, you want to open the crack folder and copy-paste the files found inside into the game installation directory (right click on game desktop shortcut and select “open file location” to see installation directory). Confirm you want to overwrite those files. Now you can run the game.
  5. Enjoy!

Mac (2001)

Zoo_Tycoon_Mac_ROM_EN.zip (457.9MB)

Additional files, patches and fixes

Zoo Tycoon 2001 Manual (English)

Zoo Tycoon Screenshots


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  1. The Rom download isnt working 🙁 without it there are bugs such as the maintenance workers not having any tasks and ignoring broken fences and rubbish duties

  2. It was working then the next day it told me that I need to enter the game in my CD Rom?? How do I fix this I tried to run it in compatibility

  3. When I download this game, it is way too zoomed in to play. I have looked up all kinds of fixes (display resolution, dpi, window mode) to no avail. thanks


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