Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Learn about Habitats with Zoo Tycoon


The other day, I asked my daughter what she was doing at school and she said she was learning about different habitats.  She asked me questions about different animals and where they live.  During the holidays we had played  Zoo Tycoon 2 together, so I used aspects of the game to explain different environments in which animals live.  It then occurred to me how great this game would be for learning about habitats.


Zoo Tycoon is a PC game and has many different versions such as African Adventure, Extinct Animals, Marine Mania and Endangered Species.  Within the game you can select animals and then create the correct environment for them including food and shelter. The game allows a bird’s eye view and a ground view. You can also take photos to put into an album.  The graphics are very realistic.

It is a Tycoon game so other aspects of the zoo are important such as facilities, maintenance and profit.  This game can be used as stimulus for many different activities such as art, science, sose, it also includes elements to develop literacy and numeracy skills, and most of all it is fun to play!


Choose a location on the globe to build your Zoo.


Select the type of environment and the relevant animals appear.



Biome Modification

Alter the environment to suit the animal using the Biome brush.  It will create the correct environmet for the animals.  You can then select the correct food and shelter.


Get close up views of animals and take photos.



Information is given on each animal.



Zoopedia

Read about different animals.

3 comments:

sparkley said...

How brilliant is this! I am thinking about Jungle/ Zoo animals for my them next term. Thanks Steph

Mrs. Tenkely said...

This looks like so much fun! I may have to use some of our tech $$ to add this to our computers, second and third grade study habitats and animals. This would be a fun twist to the lessons.

Todd said...

I want to play the extinct animals game. I wonder how long the dodo will survive?

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