In short, breeding is a way to get more rare and ultra rare animals. If you own at least two of that species, you can breed them to get a baby of the same type. For some animals, this is the only way to increase how many you have beyond the first two.
In addition to giving bouncing new babies, breeding also rewards you with free Wildlife Points for every Breeding Mastery you achieve. (Read on later in the post for more on the WLP!)
Today we’ll be breeding Bald Eagles, since those are among the most common breedable animals in Zoo World. Plus, the babies are adorable.
Zoo Breeding Quick Facts
We’ll run through the how-to later in this post. For those that want the short version, here’s everything you need to know about breeding Birds and Bees in Zoo World:
- You can start breeding through the breeding menu, through the shop, or by clicking the animal directly in your zoo.
- Buy Breeding Specialists from the shop to unlock a new nest (max 4).
- Breeding Specialists and Growth Formula boost breeding time by 25%.
- Growth Formula is obtained by feeding friends’ hungry babies.
- Vitamins cure a sick baby instantly; they are posted to your wall by friends after you help feed their babies.
- You earn WLP for each Breeding Mastery level you reach for an animal.
- The number of babies you need to breed for a new mastery level depends on its gestation time.
- Before you can move a baby out of its nest, you may need to purchase a cage upgrade.
How to get started in Zoo World Breeding
The fastest way to get going in Breeding is to click the stork icon along the bottom of your screen:
You can also click directly on the animal in your zoo, or select “Breed” when viewing that animal in the shop. All three of these will bring you to your breeding nests:
Click any nest to bring up the breeding menu, then find the Bald Eagle and click “Breed” to get going.
Boosting your Breeding
Once selected, you’ll have the option to use a boost on your baby. This shortens the gestation time, so you can have the strapping new animal faster. All boosts speed it up by 25%.
There are two types of boosts:
- Breeding Specialists can be purchased from the shop. These give you a new nest (limit of four), and any time you place an egg in that nest, you can boost it by 25% at the cost of 50 Juice.
- Growth Formula is gained by feeding your friends babies. You can do this via their Facebook Feed. You get one growth formula for every baby you feed, and these can be used on any nest.
Note: to pass Achievement Level 83, you have to use the Growth Formula as you place the animal in the nest, before you click the green check above. Applying growth formula <em>during</em> the gestation period will not trigger the achievement.
Checking “Post when my baby needs food” will allow your baby to post immediately when it’s hungry. You can uncheck this if you want, but be warned that if your baby isn’t fed soon after hatching, it can become sick!
That’s it – hit the check mark to place the egg in your nest!
Sick Babies, Growth Formula, and what the heck are Vitamins?
As mentioned above, newborn babies get very hungry. If you’re not around when they hatch, your friends can help! If you checked “Post when my baby needs food,” your newborn will post to your Facebook Feed that it’s hungry. Any friend can then help you feed it.
If neither you nor a friend feeds a baby, it will become sick. A sick baby must be healed before it can be moved to your zoo. To heal it costs a set amount of money, or one vitamin.
Vitamins are obtained by helping feed friends’ babies. They will receive a popup which lets them post the freebie on your wall.
Gain WLP by Breeding Animals
Last but not least, the more animals you breed, the more WLP you earn. Zoo World awards Wildlife Points for each Breeding Mastery Level you reach. Different animals have different requirements for mastery levels, but all of them give the same rewards.
Bronze Mastery: 1 WLP
Silver Mastery: 2 WLP
Gold Mastery: 3 WLP
Platinum Mastery: 4 WLP
Adamantium Mastery: 5 WLP
To find out how many you need to breed to reach each mastery level, check out this handy Breeding Mastery Cheat Sheet.
There’s one step left, and that’s moving your baby bird to your zoo. Once your baby is born, you may need to upgrade the animal’s cage before it can join its family.
Cage upgrades cost more depending on how many animals of that type that you have, and usually they’re very affordable. On rare occasions, if an animal can be obtained another way (such as through missions), the cage upgrade can be a rude surprise. If this happens, don’t worry – you can always trade away some of the extra animals to friends in order to bring the cage upgrade back down to affordable levels.
Congratulations! You get a free topiary, and have a brand new animal in your zoo!