Frontier Developments announced a brand new expansion for the ultimate zoo simulation, Planet Zoo. Players can explore the crucial role zoos play in protecting animals and ecosystems with Planet Zoo: Conservation Pack, arriving on Steam on June 21, 2022, for a suggested retail price of $9.99. To celebrate the launch, the Planet Zoo community team will be joined over on Twitch from 5.30 pm PST //8:30 pm EST by a real-life zookeeper and a conservation expert from Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park, to chat about the vital role of zoos in conservation and species preservation.
Planet Zoo: Conservation Pack invites players to discover five unique endangered animals from across the globe and explore how their zoos can help them thrive. Przewalski’s Horse, the last truly wild horse, with its stocky build, once again roams the dry grasslands of Mongolia thanks to reintroduction efforts. The critically endangered Amur Leopard, with its stunning cream-spotted coat, is the subject of innovative global breeding programs. The vocal Siamang is most at home, issuing its melodic call from high branches in increasingly fragmented Indonesian forests. The Scimitar-Horned Oryx, whose long horns are especially desired by hunters, is one of the most endangered species in the pack and is considered extinct in the wild. Finally, the Axolotl exhibit animal, a unique amphibian native to Mexico, whose aquatic habitat is under threat.
Along with the chance to care for and learn about these captivating new creatures, zookeepers can fully embrace the concept of a modern, self-sufficient zoo thanks to over 150 stunning new sustainability-inspired scenery pieces. From a vibrant backdrop of pollinator-friendly meadow flowers and versatile trees such as the Korean Pine to sustainable maintenance props and environmentally friendly buildings, the pack contains everything avid builders need to create the authentic look of a bustling conservation-focused zoo.
Planet Zoo: Conservation Pack also includes a brand new timed scenario set against a breathtaking Mongolian-inspired backdrop. Budding conservationists must put their skills to the test as they work to protect endangered species against the clock. Time is of the essence, as Zookeepers are tasked with the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of these animals while also ensuring improved surroundings, guest education, renewable energy sources, and plant diversity remain paramount.
Of the Conservation Pack, Executive Producer Steve Wilkins said, “The team is honored to be able to bring Planet Zoo players closer to some of the world’s most endangered animals and to highlight the important role of zoos in animal protection and education. We hope that the educational value of the game can contribute to the wider message around conservation and habitat preservation.”
Alongside the pack, players will also enjoy a free base-game update, which brings with it a range of extras and improvements, including animal chorus behavior for select species, interactive education stations, and a new climbing enrichment, from which zoo guests can observe the Siamang’s fascinating brachiation behavior, and more.
Please note the Planet Zoo: Conservation Pack requires the Planet Zoo base game to download and play. Planet Zoo is available now on Steam with an RRP of $44.99, Planet Zoo: Deluxe Edition RRP of $54.99 Additionally, for those looking to discover the delights of Planet Zoo for the very first time, Planet Zoo: Ultimate Edition is the definitive version of the game, offering every piece of DLC ever made.
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