Rating: 7.8 Very Good
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 2-5 players
Playing time: 45 minutes

Official Site: Zooloretto home page

Created by: Michael Schacht, Design/Main, Michael Schacht

Published by: ABACUSSPIELE, 999 Games, Filosofia Éditions

Alternate Names: Animal Tycoon, Burgers' Zoo, Dierentuin Bordspel, Зоолоретто, 動物園大亨


In Zooloretto, each player uses small, large, wild, and exotic animals and their young to try to attract as many visitors as possible to their zoo - but be careful!

The zoo must be carefully planned as before you know it, you might have too many animals and no more room for them. That brings minus points! Luckily, your zoo can expand. A zoo of a family game in which less is sometimes more...

Can be combined with:

  • Aquaretto
  • Zooloretto Mini
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Each player is a zoo owner. Players score points by attracting as many visitors to their zoos as possible. To accomplish this, they must collect matching sets of animals.

If a player manages to obtain many animals for his zoo, he will find it worthwhile to expand his zoo. Once all the enclosures are occupied, newly acquired animals must go into the barn. Vending stalls next to an enclosure guarantee a minimum number of visitors.

At the end of the game, a player loses points for animals they have left in the barn. The player with the most points wins the game. …

It can be rewarding to take the occasional risk. For example, choosing not to take a partially-filled truck that is only attractive for yourself and revealing another tile instead in the hopes that another useful tile will come of it.

Taking animals that you don't have room for in your enclosures at the moment isn't the end of the world - especially if you still have the option of expanding your zoo. However, you should try to have as few animal types as possible in your barn. …

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Question: All other players have taken delivery trucks and passed. May I continue to take turns as normal?

Answer: Yes, of course. You may continue to choose from the three action possibilities. You can take several money actions and add tiles to the remaining delivery truck if it is not full. Eventually, of course, you will have to take the last delivery truck.

Question: May I exchange animals between two enclosures?

Answer: Yes, but only if they are different animal types. …

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