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Official Downloads

From the ingame startup screen with the Player Profile and the paw-print, choose "Downloads" and follow the directions. If you are unable to access the official downloads, check your internet connection and your firewall. One of those things is preventing you from accessing the official site.

Downloaded Zoo Games

If you download a ZT2 game, unzip the file and find the .z2s file. Then find your Saved Games folder. For instructions on how to do that, see ZT2 FAQs, Finding Your Screenshots and Zoos, Where IS that file?

Simply choose the profile where you want the downloaded zoo, open the folder for that profile, open the "Saved" folder, and paste the .z2s file into that folder. Next time you start the game and choose that profile, use the "Load Saved Game" option and find the downloaded zoo to open. ZT2 places markers in the .z2s file that identify it as a campaign, challenge, or freeform game and will continue the zoo accordingly.


We have two ZT2 Hacks in our Download Database. One is a zoo; install it as per the directions above. The other contains a text file with complete, detailed directions for installing the hack.

Downloads from Other Sites

If you got your download from another site, and are having problems installing it, please check that site for information. While our staff and members are knowledgable and helpful clap.gif they don't know the details of all the items available for download at other sites. wink.gif

Where to put UCI's

by Tazlover
  1. Download the zip file to a location outside the game files -
    • I created a folder named "Downloads" with subfolders for Zoos and UCIs. And if you plan on downloading from more than one site, I would suggest subfolders within UCI's for each site you download from - makes life easier if you enter contests.
  2. Locate your Downloads and Saved Games folders
    • Profile folder(s) with Options.xml, Saved Games and Screenshots: XP users look here - C:\Documents and Settings\[computer user name]\Application Data\Microsoft Games\Zoo Tycoon 2. Vista users look here - C:\Users\[computer user name]\AppData\roaming\Microsoft Games\Zoo Tycoon 2.
      • If you have EA installed and are unable to find this folder, try using the Search option on the Start menu and look for "profile".
    • Downloads: XP users look here - C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft Games\Zoo Tycoon 2\downloads\zootycoon_com_zt2_1033. Vista users look here - C:\Program Data\Microsoft Games\Zoo Tycoon 2\Downloads\Zoo tycoon_com_zt2_1033.
      ***To get this folder, you will need to download at least one official download from Microsoft - creating the folder on your own will not work, the game will not recognize that it even exists.***
    • To view these folders, you will need to have the hidden folders visible - In Windows Explorer, click Tools > Folder Options > View tab. About half way down the white box, you should see "Hidden Files and Folders". Make sure the option to show these folders is marked.
  3. Extract the UCIs from the zip files into the appropriate location -
    • zoos go in the Saved folder under your game profile folder
    • animal variant skins go in the main ZT2 folder, default location - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Zoo Tycoon 2
    • objects and animals go in the Downloads folder. The .dl file goes in the main "zootycoon_com_zt2_1033" folder and there should be a folder with the name of the object/animal that has the .z2s file inside. The name of the folder has to be exactly the same as the .z2s file inside or the game will not recognise it.
    • any hacks should have a readme file in the zip file with directions on where to put them.
Alternate install directions
If, after following the above directions, your animal or object does not show up in the game, try putting both the .z2s and .dl files in the main ZT2 folder - the default location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Zoo Tycoon 2. ONLY put animals, variants and objects (and possibly hacks if that is what the included directions say) in this directory, NOT zoos/saved games.

Additional questions/problems can be found in our Download Difficulties thread and ZT2 Expansions and Windows Vista. Please post any further questions in the appropriate thread.
Attention Windows 7 Users.... Follow the directions for Vista in the above posts.
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