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's 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 sub-species 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.
For more on Planet Zoo, check out our first impressions of gameplay or the CGI trailer, which you can see below.