October 18, 2005
ESRB (E10+) PEGI (3+)
Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species is the first expansion pack released for Zoo Tycoon 2. It includes 20 new animals, such as the aggressive Florida Panther, the sleepy Koala and the playful Orangutan. This pack also introduces sky trams, jeep rides, elevated paths and several new campaigns and challenges.
In Endangered Species, the player can create a jeep tour through the zoo's exhibits, and the sky tram allows the guests over the exhibits. There are specially designed objects that, when placed near the path of the sky tram or jeep tour, will increase the entertainment levels of the guests on the rides and subsequently the overall rating of the tour. Elevated walkways can be built over exhibits and large bodies of water, allowing visitors and players to walk above the exhibits. The walkways allow food courts to be built above enclosures. All three features allow the guests to have better views of the exhibits without invasions of the animals' privacies. These are especially useful when the player is designing a zoo on one of the new maps, in which a portion of the map is secluded off with a green fence that denotes how objects cannot be constructed in the area.
|Animal||Biome||Zoo Fame||Conservation Status||Scientific name||Picture|
|American Bison||Grassland||0.5||Lower Risk||Bison bison|
|Baird's Tapir||Tropical Rainforest||1.5||Endangered||Tapirus bairdii|
|Crested Gibbon||Tropical Rainforest||3.5||Endangered||Hylobates concolor (now called Nomascus concolor)|
|Fennec Fox||Desert||2||Lower Risk||Vulpes zerda|
|Florida Panther||Wetlands||5||Critically Endangered||Puma concolor coryi|
|Galapagos Giant Tortoise||Scrub||2||Endangered||Chelonoidis nigra|
|Giant Sable Antelope||Savannah||2||Critically Endangered||Hippotragus niger variani|
|Gray Wolf||Boreal Forest||2.5||Lower Risk||Canis lupus|
|Javan Rhinoceros||Tropical Rainforest||4||Critically Endangered||Rhinoceros sondaicus|
|Koala||Temperate Forest||2.5||Lower Risk||Phascolarctos cinereus|
|Komodo Dragon||Scrub||2.5||Vulnerable||Varanus komodoensis|
|Orangutan||Tropical Rainforest||3.5||Endangered||Pongo pygmaeus|
|Przewalski's Wild Horse||Grassland||3||Critically Endangered||Equus ferus przewalskii|
|Scimitar-Horned Oryx||Desert||1||Critically Endangered||Oryx dammah|
|Spanish Lynx||Temperate Forest||4.5||Critically Endangered||Lynx pardinus|
|Spectacled Bear||Temperate Forest||2.5||Vulnerable||Tremarctos ornatus|
|Wolverine||Boreal Forest||3||Vulnerable||Gulo gulo|
The behaviors of the animals have been updated. Basic herding behaviors are now observed, and animals cannot breed with their siblings, parents, or grandparents.
In Endangered Species, players can set the water in Zoo Tycoon 2 reflective by changing water detail to "very high". Trees, food and all of the 2D objects in the original game have been updated to be 3D. A feature called 'variant skins' allows certain animals to have variation in their skin color. For example, a herd of zebra can have multiple different stripe patterns.
Here is a list of animals that appear different due to the variant skins feature.
- Bengal Tigers appear as White Tigers
- Cheetahs appear as King Cheetahs
- Jaguars have darker fur
- Javan Rhinoceros' have a rougher texture
- African Wild Dogs with dark brown fur coat.
- Moose with dark brown coat
- Common Zebras with different stripe patterns
The feature also affects animals in the later expansion packs Marine Mania and Extinct Animals.
- White sharks with grayer skin
- Belugas with grayer skin
- Bottlenose Dolphins with browner skin
- Dimetrodons have yellow sails
- Protarchaeopteryx with darker colors
- Saber-Toothed Cats being black or white
- Utahraptors have darker colors (males will have green eyes and females will have orange)
- Velociraptors with lighter coloring and green eyes