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What was the Zoo Admin for "Zoo Tycoon"?

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Zoo Admin was a fan website dedicated to the "Zoo Tycoon" series of video games. It was operational from 2001 to August 2014 and then went offline. As of October 2015, the site is back online, albeit in a read-only format. Some of the last posts on the forum are from May 2012.

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The Zoo Admin site provided fans of the series with a forum to exchange tips and advice for the "Zoo Tycoon" series, as well as exchange downloads of custom user-created content. At its peak, the site offered nearly 3,000 files with unique content that could be added into a game.

The "Zoo Tycoon" series of business simulation games consists of four major editions. In general, the games have a player build a zoo from the ground up. This process entails choosing which animals to feature, constructing habitats, and hiring and assigning staff members to care for the facility. Players also try to generate revenue through hospitality features such as gift shops, eateries and rides.

The first game of the series, "Zoo Tycoon," was released in 2001 for the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh gaming platforms. It was developed by Blue Fang Games and produced by Microsoft Studios. The game was expanded with two add-ons, "Dinosaur Digs" and "Marine Mania," in 2002. A full sequel, "Zoo Tycoon 2," was released in 2004, offering similar gameplay but additional options to customize a zoo.

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