Zoo Tycoon Cheats Codes FAQs and Hints for PC

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

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 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.

Note on changing exhibit names: 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 exibit to unlock the yellow brick road footpath.

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

Santa Claus
Change your date to Dec 25th.

Easter Bunny
Change your date to Easter Sunday.

April Fool
Change your dat 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 in to 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 frend 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
Place a lion, tiger, and a bear in an exhibit. All scenarios Note: This procedure involves editing a game file; create a backup copy of the file before proceeding.

Use a text editor to edit the "zoo.ini" file. Add the following entries under the [scenario] section.


Double Donations
Name one of your exhibits Microsoft.

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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