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Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs

Zoo Tycoon - Dinosaur Digs Coverart

Release Date:
May 19, 2002
Dinosaurs, Rampaging, New Zoos, Scenarios, Scenery, Dino Rescue Team, Scientists, & More researching

For the user made game, see Dinosaur Digs.

Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs is a expansion pack for Zoo Tycoon. It was released in May 19, 2002. This was the first expansion pack for Zoo Tycoon. It was later followed by Marine Mania. It was eventually bundled with Marine Mania called Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection.


Dinosaur Digs adds 26 new prehistoric animals and 1 mythical animal to adopt.

The larger carnivores will ram down any non-electric fence, and a damaged electric fence will also be destroyed. A way to bypass this and use cheaper fencing is to surround an exhibit with water, although it will not work for ones that swim. The escaped dinosaurs will eat guests. This expansion pack is known for the animals' very strange behavior, such as carnivores attacking anything in sight and herbivores seeing any modern-day animals as a threat and killing them. As such, this expansion seems to follow the stereotype that dinosaurs are bloodthirsty monsters, while expansions for Zoo Tycoon 2 offer a more accurate portrayal of dinosaurs.

Animal Terrain Cost Era Origin Picture
Coelophysis Rainforest $1,700 Triassic North America
Herrerasaurus Rainforest $2,000 Triassic South America
Plateosaurus Deciduous Forest $2,600 Triassic Europe
Allosaurus Rainforest $4,500 Jurassic North America
Apatosaurus Deciduous Forest $5,000 Jurassic North America
Camptosaurus Coniferous Forest $2,500 Jurassic North America
Caudipteryx Rainforest $1,500 Jurassic China
Kentrosaurus Coniferous Forest $3,700 Jurassic Africa
Kentrosaurus ZT
Plesiosaurus Saltwater $2,800 Jurassic Europe
Stegosaurus Coniferous Forest $4,000 Jurassic North America
Ankylosaurus Savannah $2,700 Cretaceous North America
Ankylosaurus ZT
Deinosuchus Saltwater $10,000 Cretaceous North America
Gallimimus Coniferous Forest $1,250 Cretaceous Asia
Iguanodon Deciduous Forest $3,700 Cretaceous Europe
Lambeosaurus Coniferous Forest $3,000 Cretaceous North America
Spinosaurus Coniferous Forest $4,100 Cretaceous Africa
Styracosaurus Deciduous Forest $2,600 Cretaceous North America
Triceratops Savannah $4,000 Cretaceous North America
Tyrannosaurus rex Grassland $6,500 Cretaceous North America
ZT1 T.rex AnimalFacts
Velociraptor Coniferous Forest $3,500 Cretaceous Asia
ZT1 Velociraptor AnimalFacts
Macrauchenia Grassland $1,500 Ice Age South America
Giant Ground Sloth Grassland $2,000 Ice Age South America
Giant Sloth
Giant Tortoise Tundra $2,500 Ice Age Australia
Giant Tortoise
Saber-Toothed Cat Tundra $2,500 Ice Age North America
Saber Tooth Cat
Woolly Mammoth Tundra $3,200 Ice Age Eurasia
Woolly Rhinoceros Tundra $2,500 Ice Age Europe
Woolly Rhino
Loch Ness Monster Freshwater $2,600 Europe
Loch Ness Monster


  • Many of the animals in Dinosaur Digs are scientifically inacurate:
    • Coelophysis should prefer Desert or Savannah biomes over Tropical Rainforest.
    • Herrerasaurus main biome of Tropical Rainforest is accurate, although it should prefer more sand.
    • Plateosaurus should prefer the Desert biome over Deciduous Forest.
    • Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, Allosaurus and Camptosaurus should prefer a mixture of Desert and Savannah biomes rather than Deciduous Forest (Apatosaurus), Tropical Rainforest (Allosaurus) or Coniferous Forest (Stegosaurus and Camptosaurus). Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus and Camptosaurus should be able to be compatible in an exhibit together.
    • Caudipteryx should prefer the Deciduous Forest biome instead of Tropical Rainforest. Also in-game it's listed as a Jurassic period animal, while in real life it lived during the Cretaceous period.
    • Kentrosaurus and Spinosarus should prefer a Aquatic and Tropical Rainforest biome. Spinosaurus also lacks its trademark crocodilian snout.
    • Triceratops and Ankylosaurus should prefer the Grassland biome as contemporaries of Tyrannosaurus.
    • Gallimimus and Velociraptor's preferred biome should be Desert, and both should be feathered.
    • Lambeosaurus and Styracosaurus should be compatible, and should prefer a Coniferous Forest / Deciduous Forest hybrid biome similarl to the Moose's
    • Saber-Toothed Cats should prefer Coniferous Forest or Grassland instead of Tundra.
    • Macrauchenia and the Giant Ground Sloth should prefer the Savannah biome.
    • Meiolania's biome is perhaps the most absurd, it should prefer an Aquatic and Savannah biome over Tundra.
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