Zoo Tycoon Cheats Codes, FAQs, and Hints for PC

File edits, hints, cheats, and codes for Zoo Tycoon on the PC.

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Cheat Method via File Edits

  1. Open config.ztd with WinZip or another compression tool.
  2. Open Economy.cfg with notepad or WordPad.
  3. Search for cZooDooRecyclingAmount and change the number to whatever you want. This will be the profit for every recycle you do. Normally you recycle around 8-12 times per month.
  4. Also, look for cKeeperCost which should be 800. This is the salary you pay your zoo keepers. Change it to something lower and your expenses will decrease dramatically.
  5. If you want more money at the start of the game, edit zoo.ini with notepad or WordPad and find a line called MSMaxCash. Change that to whatever you want and you can start out with a couple of million.

Let the game auto-name your exhibit, then change it, otherwise, you may lock up the game.

All Scenarios

Name a guest Akiyama to unlock all the scenarios

Hatch an Egg

Name a guest Eggman and all dinosaur eggs will hatch after a scientist checks it.

Unlock the Triceratops

Name one of your exhibits Cretaceous Corral. This will unlock the Triceratops.

Money - Instant 10K

Press Shift+4 [like typing the $ symbol], and you'll get an instant $10,000.


Name one of your exhibits Xanadu. This will unlock the Unicorn.

Get 2X Donations

Name an exhibit Microsoft.

Cutt Off Salaries

Name a tour guide Rosalie and all your tour guide's salaries will turn to zero.

DoDo Bird

Name an exhibit doflopnok.

Yellow Brick Road Footpath

Place a lion tiger and bear in the same exhibit to unlock the yellow brick road footpath.

Dodo from Alice and Wonderland

Name a dodo Mr.Dodo than the dodo will turn into the dodo bird from Disney's Alice in Wonderland.

Santa Claus

Change your date to Dec 25th.

Easter Bunny

Change your date to Easter Sunday.

April Fool

Change your date to April 1st.


Change your date to Jan 8th.

Halloween @ The Zoo

Set your system date to October 31st.

New Year's Baby

Change your date to Dec 31st.


Name a guest Yoda - Yoda will enter the park.

Funny Animals

Use the following names on the appropriate animals:

  • [Hippo] Fat: Two hippos Sum
  • [Bear] Deer: Bear gets Free from Exhibit
  • [Lion] Nan: Get a baby from a male lion
  • [Unicorn] Larry: get size of a Dinosaur
  • [Dinosaur] Unicorn: One Horn
  • [Dodo] Doflopnok: Unlock the White Dodo
  • [Panda] Blackly: Unlock and turn into a Red Panda
  • [Bongo] Bad: Turn in an Okapi
  • [Okapi] Tall: Get tall as a Giraffe
  • [Yeti] Bigfoot: Unlock the Bigfoot
  • [Yeti] Bentley: Turn in to Spyro's friend, Bentley
  • [Reindeer] Rulpoln: Red light nose
  • [Reindeer] Dancer: Dances with a female Reindeer
  • [Croc] Agent 9: Always happy
  • [Monkey] Agent9: Turn in to Spyro's friend Agent9
  • [Ape: Chimpanzee or Gorilla] Borneo: Unlock the Orangutan
  • [Ape] Kangaroo: Unlock the Wallaby
  • [Gorilla] Mountain: Unlock the Mountain Gorilla
  • [Tiger] Nope: Unlock the Magnet the Polar bear
  • [Tiger] Dog: Unlock all Worker Dogs and Great Dane
  • [Kangaroo] Shelia: Turn in to Spyro's Friend Sheila the Kangaroo
  • [Penguin] Sgt.Byrd: Turn in to Spyro's friend Sgt.Byrd the flying Penguin
  • [Sgt. Byrd] Fly: Fly out of Your Exhibit and Your Zoo

New Zoo Shapes

Enter one of the following zoo names to change the shape of your zoo to the corresponding country or region:

  • Antarctica
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • England
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • USA

Yellow Brick Road

This procedure involves editing a game file; create a backup copy of the file before proceeding.

Place a lion, a tiger, and a bear in an exhibit. Use a text editor to edit the "zoo.ini" file. Add the following entries under the [scenario] section.


More Name Changing Bonuses

Change a visitor's name to any of the following for the desired effect:

  • Mr. Blue - Changes Everyone's Shirt to Blue
  • Mr. Blonde - Changes Everyone's Shirt to Yellow
  • Mr. White - Changes Everyone's Shirt to White
  • Mr. Brown - Changes Everyone's Shirt to Brown
  • Mr. Orange - Changes Everyone's Shirt to Orange
  • Mr. Pink - Changes Everyone's Shirt to Pink
  • Alfred H - White Birds Appear and Scare People
  • Russell C - Fences All Deteriorate 100%
  • Zeta Psi - Some People's Shirt Turns Yellow and They Puke
  • John Wheeler - All Animal Shelters Available
  • Hank Howie - Researches All Zoo Staff Research
  • Adam Levesque - All Animal Care Buildings
  • Andrew Binder - All Animal Buildings

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