Planet Zoo is the latest management game from Frontier, the creators of Planet Coaster and Jurassic World Evolution, and it's been confirmed for a release date of Autumn/Fall 2019. We thought it might be useful to know what animals you'll be expected to manage in your zoos, so here's the full Planet Zoo animal list as we currently know it.
There will be over 50 animals of all shapes and sizes in the final game, and we'll be updating this list as more get revealed. It contains the official list, along with a few we've spotted from our own investigations. Here are all animals we know about in Planet Zoo!
Planet Zoo Animal List - All animals we know about so far
The elephant type seen in the trailers is the African variety, of which the bush elephant is the largest living terrestial animal. They're based around family units.
Also known as the Somali Giraffe, as it's based in Africa around Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. While there is only one species of giraffe, there are nine sub-species - of which Reticulated is one, and is the most common type seen in zoos.
Also known as the Timber Wolf or Tundra Wolf, it's a type common in Eurasia and North America. Wolves actually rarely attack people, due to living far away from settlements and having a fear of mankind from hunters.
The type of brown bear common in North America, hence the scientific name 'North American brown bear'. There are multiple sub-species of Grizzly, although the California Grizzly is now extinct.
Also known as the Blue Peafowl, native to South Asia. It probably won't surprise you to learn that the more common name 'Peacock' only applies to the male of the species.
The hippo is mostly herbivorous, semi-aquatic, native to sub-Saharan Africa, and can run 30 km/h (19 mph) on land. They also kill more people per year than most other African animals, as despite their lazy appearance they are aggressive and unpredictable.
Can be spotted very briefly in the game's trailer. All types of Lemur are primates native to Madagascar. The ring-tailed variety is highly social, and the female is the dominant gender. Suck it, Sacha Baron Cohen.
Also known as the common zebra, due to it being the most widespread variety. It's highly social and can form herds, but are preyed upon by most African predators.
A subspecies of the common chimp, it inhabits Western Africa. It's listed as a critically endangered species, with only an estimated 21,300 to 55,600 left in the wild. They've been known to make wooden spears to hunt other primates and live in caves. Apes together, strong.
West African Lion
Based in West Africa, northern Central Africa and India, it's also on the critically endangered list. A Lion Conservation Strategy was set up in 2005 to protect them.
Not seen in any official pictures, but we spotted the two-humped camel while on a tour of Frontier's studio. It's native to Central Asia and has a tolerance for cold, dry, and high altitudes.
Brazilian Wandering Spider
Yes, there are small animals like spiders in the game. This type gets their name because they wander around at night hunting for prey instead of making a web. They are also known as 'banana spiders' because they have been known to hide in shipments of bananas bound for supermarkets, where you buy those bananas and the spiders can enter in your house. Their bites can kill, or loss of muscle control and breathing problems, resulting in paralysis and eventual asphyxiation. These bites can also cause painful erections. These spiders can be killed with fire and lots of it. In the game, though, you'll just be looking after them.
African Wild Dog
Mid-sized pack animals found in Sub-saharan Africa, African Wild Dogs have a very interesting process of voting through sneezing. The more dogs in a pack that sneeze, the more likely they are to go hunting.
Aldabra Giant Tortoise
Hailing from the Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles, the Aldabra Giant Tortoise is a herbivore that also happens to be one of the largest tortoises in the world.
This large Asian feline was revealed, appropriately enough during International Tiger Day, and happens to have the largest teeth of any cat species.
Also known as the Gnu, name based on the sound it makes when alarmed, the Black Wildebeest is a large African ungulate with horns that curve forward.
A large South American snake, the Boa Constrictor's pattern and color are quite varied, depending on where they are from. In Planet Zoo, it is an Exhibit animal, meaning it comes in already contained in a glass terrarium.
The Bornean Orangutan is a large Southeast Asian primate with an omnivore diet. Native to the island of Borneo, they share around 97% of their DNA with humans.
A large African feline, the Cheetah happens to enjoy meat quite a bit. If you're an antelope you'll want to stay as far away from them as possible.
The Common Ostrich is a large flightless bird native to certain areas in Africa. Predominantly herbivore, it's known to also eat invertebrates and live in nomadic groups of 5 to 50 individuals.
A mid-sized African mammal, the Common Warthog is the only pig species that has managed to adapt to grazing and savanna habitats.
The Gharial is a large Asian reptile hailing from the Indian subcontinent. Although not officially revealed, an image of the Planet Zoo logo with a reptile skin resembling the gharial's in the background would suggest it'll eventually make an appearance in-game.
Giant Galapagos Tortoise
Revealed to be part of Planet Zoo on World Turtle Day, the Giant Galapagos Tortoise can have lifespans of over 100 years in the wild.
Another of Planet Zoo's Exhibit Animals, the Goliath Birdeater is a large South American arachnid that's also the largest spider in the world, at least by mass and size. Despite its name, it only rarely preys on birds.
A mid-sized New World lizard, the Green Iguana uses head bobs and dewlaps as means of communicating with other iguanas. It was announced as one of Planet Zoo's Exhibit Animals on World Lizard Day.
Although not formally revealed, the Indian Elephant tag was spotted by someone on the Planet Zoo Discord, which makes it likely that we'll see the large Asian mammal in-game.
Hailing from the Asian subcontinent, the Indian Rhinoceros is one of the herbivores in Planet Zoo. While both male and female adults boast the single horn, newborn young do not have it, as it takes time to grow.
The Komodo Dragon is the largest living species of lizard, able to grow up to 3 meters in length. In Planet Zoo, it is one of three animals exclusive to the Deluxe Edition.
Lehmann's Poison Frog
The first amphibian revealed to be part of Planet Zoo and one of its Exhibit Animals, Lehmann's Poison Frog is found in a small area of Colombia, primarily feeding on small insects.
Lesser Antilean Iguana
The Lesser Antilean Iguana is the sister species of the Green Iguana, both being featured in Planet Zoo as part of its roster of herbivores.
The same Discord screenshot that revealed the Indian Elephant also suggests we'll see the Okapi in Planet Zoo. It is a large African ungulate native to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Pygmy Hippopotamus is the second of Planet Zoo animals exclusive to its Deluxe Edition. Reclusive and nocturnal, it is a mid-sized African ungulate native to the forests and swamps of West Africa.
Found both in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia, the Saltwater Crocodile is a carnivore that does not require fresh water. That's thanks to the salt glands on their head, capable of secreting excess salt that allows them to drink salty water.
Also known as the ounce, the Snow Leopard hails from the mountains of South and Central Asia and is one of the large cats you'll find in Planet Zoo.
The Spotted Hyena, also known as the laughing hyena, is the most common large carnivore in Africa. It hunts alone as well as in smaller or larger packs but is also prone to behave like a scavenger.
The Springbok is a medium sized antelope whose name comes from its ability to perform multiple leaps, up to 2 meters above ground, in a stiff-legged posture. This especially occurs during mating season and is known as pronking.
Thomson's Gazelle is the third and final animal exclusive to Planet Zoo's Deluxe Edition. Its coat sports a distinctive black band that runs across the animal's flanks
One of the largest known beetles, the Titan Beetle is one of Planet Zoo's Exhibit Animals.
Found in the southern regions of South America, the Yellow Anaconda is a non-venomous snake that uses constriction to kill its prey. In Planet Zoo, it is one of several Exhibit Animals.
Aardvarks might not look like it but they're quite the night owls. Native to Africa, these burrowing mammals have a long snout with which they catch their insect prey. They'll probably get angry if you confuse them with anteaters.
Also known as the South African Oryx, these large antelopes boast some truly majestic horns, for which they are, unfortunately, hunted. They're also present on Namibia's coat of arms.
Mandrills used to be put in the same category as baboons, however, that's no longer the case. Hailing from areas such as Cameroon, Gabon and Congo, these primates live in tropical forests and prefer large groups.
For more on Planet Zoo, check out our first impressions of gameplay or the CGI trailer, which you can see below.