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Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs
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.
|Apatosaurus||Deciduous Forest||$5,000||Jurassic||North America|
|Camptosaurus||Coniferous Forest||$2,500||Jurassic||North America|
|Stegosaurus||Coniferous Forest||$4,000||Jurassic||North America|
|Lambeosaurus||Coniferous Forest||$3,000||Cretaceous||North America|
|Styracosaurus||Deciduous Forest||$2,600||Cretaceous||North America|
|Tyrannosaurus rex||Grassland||$6,500||Cretaceous||North America|
|Macrauchenia||Grassland||$1,500||Ice Age||South America|
|Giant Ground Sloth||Grassland||$2,000||Ice Age||South America|
|Giant Tortoise||Tundra||$2,500||Ice Age||Australia|
|Saber-Toothed Cat||Tundra||$2,500||Ice Age||North America|
|Woolly Mammoth||Tundra||$3,200||Ice Age||Eurasia|
|Woolly Rhinoceros||Tundra||$2,500||Ice Age||Europe|
|Loch Ness Monster||Freshwater||$2,600||Europe|
- 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.