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Virtual zookeepers return to their computer screens, to care for exotic animals and the people who come to visit them, in Zoo Tycoon 2. With its "tycoon"-style business sim elements, its honest and detailed approach to real zoology, and some nice promotion from publishing giant Microsoft, Blue Fang's original Zoo Tycoon sold very well and remained on store shelves for an unusually longtime, inspiring at least two expansion packs along the way. This sequel, from the same parties responsible for the original, aims to recapture that winning mix, and present it with full 3D graphics.
While players can still take an encompassing top-down view of their parks, they now can also zoom in, to follow behind individual patrons as they explore the zoo or give up-close and personal attention to an animal in need. As in earlier versions of Zoo Tycoon, creating good habitats to house the animals will be central to a zoo's success. Players can consult detailed, in-game information about each species they are considering adopting. Then, as in the first game, they can then modify the climate and elevation of land on their lot, to create ideal conditions for the new animals they plan to bring in. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide