It’s already the middle of September! Can you believe how quickly summer has passed us by? The end of summer is often bittersweet. In exchange for Summer’s long days, sunny weather, and lazy activities, you get Autumn’s crisp coolness, warm cocoa, and the transformation of nature before your very own eyes. As the leaves begin to redden and orange, it marks one event for all students: it’s time to go back to school.
Starting on September 15th, Zoo World wants to help celebrate Back to School season in style. Grab your books, sharpen your pencils and dust off your calculators to prepare. Your mission is to help Dr. Zoo Little get other students ready for school by collecting supplies and inviting them to put on their thinking caps and learn more at your Zoo. It’s time to hit the books, so make sure you’re not late for the bell, let’s start learning!
The Back to School Seasonal works very similar to the past Seasonal celebrations. Simply log into Zoo and you’ll find a new friend waiting for you at the dock, ready to welcome the new school year. Click on the animal to bring up the Back to School menu.
From there, you can choose an animal to help, collect items, and ask friends to help prepare all these students for the classroom.
How Back to School works in Zoo World:
As with the Star Festival Seasonal, you will need to collect special items to help the new animals. These items are Calculators, Pencils, Notebooks, Rulers, and Teacher’s Apples. Each of these can be collected in different ways:
- Collect Calculators from the feed.
- Collect Pencils, Notebooks, and Rulers through gifting with friends.
- Collect Teacher’s Apples by feeding treats to your animals.
You can post to the Facebook Feed asking for help with the Calculator, Pencils, Notebooks, and Rulers up to 4 times per day, or once every six hours. Likewise, you can post Calculators to the feed to help your friends once every six hours, and 10 friends can collect one from each post. Each of these items can also be purchased with WLP, if you wish.
As mentioned before: more supplies means more animals will be ready to attend school, so keep on collecting to ensure these animals are the sharpest crayons in the box! Don’t let these students miss out on the importance of education!
Make sure to take the time to Check-in:
Are you short on a couple items to help your animal? Clicking on the dock “checks in,” and you can do this once every five minutes (and even earn XP!). For every three check-ins you complete, you will be able to choose one free Back to School item of your choice!
How to get Teacher’s Apples:
Earn Teacher’s Apples by feeding any of the treats in Zoo World to your animals. You can choose any of your treats to feed and they will all deliver Teacher’s Apples! So, feel free to choose between a 10-minute Apple or the two-day Ice Cream Cone, they all work to snag you some delicious fruit!
The item will appear when you collect unbroken hearts, not while feeding. You can collect up to 10 Teacher’s Apples per day. You get one Teacher’s Apple after collecting 10 unbroken hearts.
Asking for Helping Hands:
Once you have enough of each item, you’re almost done readying these critters for their classes. You just need a couple helping hands from your friends to complete the mission. Click “Ask Friends” to post your request to your Facebook feed. From there, your ZooMates can help you directly or you can choose to purchase their help for one WLP each.
Rewards and Upgrades:
For every animal you complete you will receive two (2) of that animal to place on your island. We can already see the chalkboard and freshly bound books that make going back to school so exciting! Make sure you get lots of animals to fill the classroom with ready to learn Zoo students!
All the basic animals are Rare. Once an animal is ready for school, you will have the option of upgrading your Rare animal to an Ultra Rare. Upgrading your animal will cost 20 WLP total.
If you decided not to upgrade, but change your mind later on, don’t worry! You can upgrade to an Ultra Rare at any time during the promotion by clicking on the Rare in your zoo. This will prompt a pop-up that gives you the option to upgrade it for the same price. Once the promotion ends, your species are set and can no longer be upgraded.
Getting Started for Back to School:
Two animals are unlocked right away and ready for you to start collecting items for:
- Distracted Orangutan
As with past seasonals, you will need to help the first animal to get the second, and then help the second animal before getting the third, and so forth. New animals will unlock every three days, but you will need to invite the previous student before preparing the next. This way, all the animals will be more than ready for the challenges of going back to school!
The Back to School seasonal will come to a close on October 9th at Noon PST. On this date, the campaign will end and the Auto-Trade begins. A couple days later on October 12th at Noon PST, the entire seasonal ends, so you will no longer be able to upgrade or trade in items. Check back here on the blog for more updates, announcements, and giveaways that can help your entire Zoo be full of the smartest students around!
Dr. Zoo Little says, “good luck!” so be sure to head over to your Zoo to get started! These bright creatures are almost equipped to learn thanks to you!