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In Zoodlums card game you and your friends build your own zoos now with even more amazing animals! A great holiday gift. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on December 2, 2013.

In Zoodlums card game you and your friends build your own zoos now with even more amazing animals! A great holiday gift.

About this project

If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can still get in on the fun. Order Zoodlums by clicking here.

What backers and reviewers are saying about Zoodlums (formerly Zooligans)...

  • Received it, played it, loved it. [My daughter] loves it especially. -Sonya J
  • WOOHOO! It came in today and it's a beauty! -Chris M
  • A wonderful game.... every session left me feeling like I played a game that was worth my time." -Father Geek review
  • "Wow this game is amazing! Each animal photo and fact is so interesting to look at and read." -Ann M, English professor
  • "WAY better than any similarly themed animal game I've seen at science teaching conventions" -Tom F

Now the game you love gets even better with the More Mammals Mini Expansion. Best of all, you can get it in time for the holidays!

What could be more fun than a deck full of monkeys!? Add primates to Zoodlums; monkeys, gorillas, chimps, and macaques mean more fun!

Plus more of your favorite mammals. By popular demand, elephants, pandas, camels, and more!

In case you are not already familiar with Zoodlums...

Buy animals, create exhibits, read amazing facts. And try to build the best zoo possible. 

You and your friends take on the role of zookeepers in this fast-paced, exciting strategy card game. Which will be the best exhibits? Who will find the most endangered animals? Can you complete your park before the other players?

In Zoodlums one to six players all try to create the best zoo possible. To do so, they must find or buy the right animal cards to match the exhibit goal cards. Completed exhibits attract a number of visitors. At the end of the game the player with the most visitors wins!

Each turn of a Zoodlums game consists of four phases. During the animal auction, players bid on worldwide animals to add to their hand. Next, the main phase is when players play a card, adding an animal to their zoo. Also, exhibits that have been filled can be completed and zoo bonuses assigned. Then, during the trade phase, zookeepers are free to exchange animals with each other. Finally, in the discard and draw phase players return their hands back up to three cards.

For more information see our previous Kickstarter (then known as Zooligans.)

 This mini expansion will include *at least* 14 of the most requested Mammals including five primates plus the corresponding goal card. The cards come in a simple clear plastic bag, and you can add them right into your base game box. You'll also get instructions on using the cards when you play, and download new rules for another whole way to enjoy your Zoodlums cards. Stretch goals will unlock even more cards!

Every pledge level above SPECTATOR receives the mini expansion.

The base game includes 120 cards as follows: 84 animal cards in the main deck, 12 cards in the auction deck, 12 exhibit goals, 6 zoo bonus cards, and 6 continental theme cards. It is required to use the Mammals expansion.

Base game at NEWCOMER or KIT AND CABOODLE level
Base game at NEWCOMER or KIT AND CABOODLE level

Add a handy playmat. They're rollable, sturdy, and the best way to set up your game. Think of a giant mousepad with the Zoodlums layout custom printed on the cloth surface.

Playmat at PLAYER or KIT AND CABOODLE level
Playmat at PLAYER or KIT AND CABOODLE level

PARENTS AND TEACHERS can feel good about playing and having fun knowing that Zoodlums teaches while it entertains. Players use strategic thinking and basic math skills, learn animal classifications, and read fascinating animal facts. That's why "Parent Geeks found [Zoodlums] to be a very worthwhile and educational family game that provided entertainment and knowledge." -Father Geek

**NOTE: We are confident that the game can get to you in the US before the end of the year. But this requires that you complete the address survey within 2 days of completion of the campaign. We also cannot be liable for post office failures or random acts of nature.**

Photo credits for pictured cards under a CC BY or CC BY-SA license: Barbary macaque: Karyn Sig, mountain zebra: Moongateclimber, proboscis monkey: Peter Gronemann from Switzerland, giant panda: Jcwf on nl.

Risks and challenges

Gregory and Dusty have already run successful Kickstarters for Zoodlums base edition and Elemental Blast. Both projects were delivered on time, and backers were unanimously satisfied.

By our best estimates and based on past projects, the game should be delivered within the US before the end of the year. However, the biggest risk is the aggressive delivery date. If something catastrophic should happen to one of us or the printer, the project could be delayed. Regardless, the project will be completed and delivered.

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FAQ

  • Right now, we have a very limited supply of playmats. If there is enough demand, we will put in another order, but those would ship separately and arrive much later than the rest of the games.

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  • Since the expansion is only $10 and shipping would be around $20, this seems rather silly. Still, if you are interested, please contact us to make arrangements.

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    SPECTATOR: Support the project and access comments and updates.

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    31 backers

    EXPANDER: One copy of Zoodlums Mammals mini expansion plus new rules. (Requires base Zoodlums game.) Includes FREE shipping within the US *in time for the holidays*!

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    Only ships to: United States
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    PLAYER: The level above PLUS a great Zoodlums Playmat. Free shipping within the US.

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    10 backers

    NEWCOMER: For those new to the game, receive one copy of Zoodlums Deluxe plus the new Mammals mini expansion. Shipped within the US for FREE *in time for the holidays!*

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    WORLDWIDE NEWCOMER: Zoodlums Deluxe base game plus Mammals mini expansion with FREE shipping anywhere in the world.

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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    KIT AND CABOODLE: The base Zoodlums Deluxe, Mammals mini expansion, and exclusive Playmat. FREE shipping within the US *in time for the holidays!*

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    Be part of the design team! You choose a mammal and help decide on its photo and fascinating facts (subject to approval.) Your name will appear on the card and in the credits! Must be completed within 2 days of the end of the campaign. Also includes the Mammals mini expansion. Add $20 for base Zoodlums Deluxe.

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