Zoo Empire is a 3D management game in which you have control over a Zoo. It's up to you to build a thriving zoo. With your starting capital you'll have to buy animals (from the over 40 available different species) and build habitats and cages for them. You'll also have to hire personnel and build souvenir shops and restaurants to keep your visitors happy. Personnel varies from animal handlers, concierges, to veterinarians and park guides. You can also spend your money on research to try and find new possible attractions.
You can play in two different play modes: career and sandbox. The first features a campaign in which you'll have to rise in the ranks of zoo managers through the completion of various goals. The second allows you to play as you wish and set your own goals.