There are so many animals that were included in the new Planet Zoo video game, but some are better than others. All animals have a rating that tells you how popular it will be in your zoo. There are some that rise above the rest, and others that might be considered a bit of a letdown.
Everyone hopes to buy animals with the highest ratings, which is why we have laid out the best and the worst animals for attracting guests. This will help you determine where you should start, and what animals you want to avoid. Keep reading to learn about the five most popular animal attractions in Planet Zoo and the five least popular!
10 Most Popular: Western Lowland Gorillas
The Western Lowland Gorilla is the most popular animal among guests in this particular game, so make sure to save up quite a bit of cash or conservation credits before trying to make this purchase. Your zoo's approval rating will skyrocket as it comes with a rating that averages between 7,500 and 8,000.
The guests love this creature, and it is easy to see why. It was recently a part of the community challenge so many players had fun working toward the common goal of breeding and releasing these monsters back into the wild.
9 African Elephant
The second best animal you can buy is the African Elephant which comes straight from Subsaharan Africa. Guests love the power it has in its trunk, and it helps that there are up to fifteen in a single habitat.
The average rating rests around 7,000 to 8,000 and it is sure to bring in a lot of donations. They will also breed until they die and their relationships are not monogamous, so you are sure to have a few little elephants joining the herd before too long.
8 Bornean Orangutan
This animal is critically endangered in the wild, but it is very popular among zoo guests. They are native to an Island called Borneo, and the game hopes to educate you about them by giving them a high guest rating of 6,600 to 7,000.
They can be a bit tricky when it comes to their climbing needs, but they are well worth the hassle as guests flock their habitat. They are fun to watch in the game as well as they climb the apparatuses you put up and entertain guests with their unique behaviors.
7 West African Lion
This critically endangered species is another popular animal in the game as it receives average ratings of 6,800 to 7,000. It is important to raise awareness about them as poachers and habitat destruction ruin their way of life.
This is another great animal to have in your zoo as there can be as many as 30 lions in a single enclosure. The only problem with this species is that their food costs quite a bit of money, so make sure to watch your finances the more lions you obtain.
6 Indian Elephant
The Indian Elephant was a very close pick for fourth place in the most popular animal competition, but it came up a little short with an average rating of 6,300 to 7,000. This species is much smaller compared to the African Elephant, but you can add more to a single enclosure, as 30 elephants can coexist in one habitat at a single time.
You can continue to have as many baby elephants as you want, as long as your male count stays below 5. It is the perfect addition to any zoo as you work towards continued conservation efforts.
5 Least Popular: Greater Flamingo
It really shouldn't come as a surprise that the Greater Flamingo is at the bottom of the barrel. These birds repopulate like crazy, which is why their rating is generally below 1,000.
This is a huge difference from our more popular animals, but they do require to have at least ten in an exhibit. We guess this makes up for the lack of reputation in a way, and it's a great way to quickly earn conservation credits, but overall they are considered a bust.
4 Indian Peafowl
This animal is not only less popular among guests, but it can be quite annoying to care for. It seems they are always growing ill at the slightest disease risk and every time you look, one of the females is giving birth to more offspring.
You have to monitor them closely, and it can be quite a hassle in bigger zoos where more reputable animals need your care. They are great for starting a zoo, but once you have successfully hit the ground running, it is best to sell these creatures off.
3 Common Warthog
The Common Warthog might be one of the least popular animals among guests, but they are great for players starting a new zoo. They are not pretty to look at and their habitat definitely smells, but their offspring are worth a decent amount of conservation credits.
They too have a reputation that is usually under 1,000, but everyone has to start somewhere. We would recommend these animals more than any other less popular animal on this list even though guests are not huge fans of them.
2 Common Ostrich
This is the largest known bird species in the world and they can be found in Africa. They are not endangered, and the guests at your virtual zoo won't be enamored by them either.
The good news is that they tend to reproduce quite quickly and the offspring only take 3 years to mature, so you can gain some valuable cash or conservation credits as the females pop out 1 to 5 offspring every month.
This animal was in a close race for the last spot with a few other animals like the Sable Antelope and Chinese Pangolin. We decided to go with this species because its reputation seemed to generally be lower than that of the others at about 1,000.
They are endangered and can be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Okapi does reproduce every 16 months, but their stress levels tend to be higher as they are shy, which could cause you some issues down the road.