How to Get New Animals in Let’s Build a Zoo

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Are you playing Let’s Build a Zoo and are wondering how you can get some new animals? Here’s what you need to know.

Let’s Build a Zoo is a lot of fun but if you think you’re going to have a spectacular zoo within five minutes of firing it up you’ll be in for a shock. Your initial attractions will be petting zoo animals like geese and rabbits. So: how do you get some new animals in your zoo?

There are a few ways of going about adding new species to Lets Build a Zoo. You need to do more than just throw cash at the problem, however. Here’s what you can do to spruce up your zoo’s collection:

  • Take in shelter animals

    On the main Let’s Build a Zoo map, you’ll have an animal shelter (though you may have to wait a few days for it to appear). You can pay to adopt these animals and bring them to your zoo – though these tend to be variants of existing animals rather than proper “new” animals. If you’re still messing around with geese, you’re not going to find a rhino waiting there for you.

  • Trade animals

    Aside from the animal shelter, you’ll discover other zoos and wildlife reserves on the main map. More appear as you progress through the game and these will be willing to give you animals – including completely new animal types you don’t have – in exchange for some of your animals. The catch is, they may be asking for an animal you don’t yet have; you may have to trade back and forth between different locations before you get what you want.

  • Breed them

    Animals will naturally pop out babies, or you can use the nursery to control breeding (once you’ve researched it). But these are going to be variants, not new new animals. Cloning is another option but you only end up with an identical copy of an existing animal, which won’t make your visitors particularly excited.

  • Buy them on the black market

    You’ll have VIPs visiting your park that will offer to sell you animals. These will typically be fake animals – e.g. a goose disguised as a peacock, or spliced animals. Expect to pay a lot for the spliced animals, however.

  • Animal events

    Every now and then you’ll get a message from some outside party, asking if you want to rescue some animals, e.g. after a forest fire. Say yes and you’ll get the animals airlifted to your zoo.

  • Create new animals

    You can splice two existing animals together (find out how here) which, technically, is a new animal. But this requires you to have collected every single variant of the two animals you’re splicing together.

All the above methods have their pros and cons but if you’re starting out, your best option is to trade animals with other zoos. Happy zookeeping!

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