ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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I have decided I am putting Zoology on hiatus. It takes too much time and I cant afford to give it that time and at the same time be able to pay bills and feed my kids.

I might come back to it, I might not. Time will tell.

I want to thank Wild Card for their support and for the modding kit in general, looking forward to ARK 2.0

For Up to date Information[] on Zoology, how it works, the pet emotional systems, installation settings and what it means to be a core mod please visit the Zoology Information Center[]

What is Zoology?
(the short version)

Zoology is a mod that changes how Dinos act and behave, how they interact with players and other dinos, and adds a layer of in-game discovery based partially on the games fictional Dossier creator, Helena.  

Like Helena you will study the creatures that roam the ARK, gain knowledge from your study and use that knowledge to live a better life on the ARK. With that knowledge you will gain additional bonuses for your pets as you learn the Zoology Engrams, learn the Pack Mule Engram and you will be able to increases your pets weight carrying ability.  Learn the Hunting Beast Engram to train your pets to hunt. Learn them all or just the ones you need. 

Zoology brings behavioral change and emotional baggage to the ARK.  Dinos, wild and tamed, have level of morale and can suffer from stress, are intelligent enough (some of them) to flee from their predators, and predators will only hunt when hungry.   

Zoology changes the core game.  It changes the behavior of wild creatures. Animal’s speed (both for tamed pets and wild animals) is reduced while injured, or torpid. Animals have varied stats, varied speed and oxygen, varied weight limits. Animals now only eat when they are hungry, or you get too close. The well fed Rex is a relaxed Rex. Animals also only attack and feed on certain other animals, they have a food chain that they follow.. It adds additional stats to the dinos, the most important to a player being Loyalty, Morale and Stress.

Install on a server[] or for single player[].

Please review the tribe settings[] as well.

For more information on Zoology, how it works, the pet loyalty and emotional systems, installation settings and more visit the Zoology Information Center[]

For all bug reports and suggestions please see the pinned discussion here:

Thanks to

Timmy Carbine. Timmy and I bounced ideas a lot. A good sounding board is invaluable, and he has artistic talent as shown in the Zoology logo he made for this mod. Check out his workshop and his YouTube Channel.

The Ark Modding Community[]. The people there are like people everywhere, mostly harmless

This mod/code/work is protected by the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons License.
It is expressly forbidden to use the Zoology mod on any server offering any form of "pay to win" service to it's players. If you are unsure if your server is "pay to win" then it probably is.

For Up to date Information[] on Zoology, how it works, the pet emotional systems, installation settings and what it means to be a core mod please visit the Zoology Information Center[]
Popular Discussions View All (94)
May 5 @ 12:26am
Dinos not moving!
Oct 23, 2017 @ 9:46am
PINNED: Zoology Learn Chart
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May 19 @ 3:56pm
[Game.ini] Auto unlock Main Certificates on Level Requirement reached.
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Glog  [author] Jul 12 @ 9:32pm 
read the message, its telling you it was NOT installed correctly and to read the instructions
Void Jul 12 @ 11:35am 
I have run into an issue I can't seem to figure out. when I am in game a message keeps popping up on my screen telling me the mod was installed correctly and to check out the information center. but it doesn't stop showing up and the loud wooshy bleep sound is driving me nuts...
Glog  [author] Jul 7 @ 12:44pm 
No it's not what you said, I had decided before I turned my PC on today.
belthize Jul 7 @ 12:37pm 
Ack, when I said I would 'switch to normal Ark and give it a whirl' I meant give zoology a whirl. I can certainly understand wanting to take a break but I hope it's not based on anything I said. I'm truly impressed by what I've seen so far of your mod.
Glog  [author] Jul 7 @ 12:10pm 
belthize - yep, waiting for months after updates with my mod half broken and players complaining about something I have no control over is how it has been for over a year now with Zoology. I have decided literally 30 minutes ago that I had had enough and am putting Zoology on hiatus. It takes too much time and I cant afford to give it that time and at the same time not be able to fix major problems because the dev kit is 3 months behind the game.

It's not wildcrards fault, I want to make that clear, they have there goals and limited resources with which to accomplish them, so it makes sense that he dev kit is a secondary to they actual game.
Fat Bob the Slob Jul 7 @ 8:33am 
Zoology and immersive tamming, work together?
belthize Jul 7 @ 5:32am 
Thanks Glog. It's funny I come back to Ark every few years and the story is much the same, waiting on dev kit. I fiddled a bit with modding, mostly trying to figure out how to tweak dino behaviors but trying to keep up with patches was too painful. I was trying to make certain dinos target certain structures. Like TRex:generators, bronto:fridge. Basically use the creation of an item to trigger aggression but it never panned out.

You have done a great job here. Think I'll switch to normal Ark and give it a whirl.
Glog  [author] Jul 7 @ 2:33am 
I don't think it will work with Prim+ as the Prim+ mod is not included in the dev kit we have no way to make mods compatible with it. Sorry.
belthize Jul 6 @ 6:53pm 
And to clarify I seem to be able to get prim+ or zoology but not both. I have no other mods.
belthize Jul 6 @ 6:48pm 
Should this work with Prim+. If I load Prim+ I can see the standard Prim+ engrams. If I then add Zoology I get standard engrams + zoology. I've tried adding the lines mentioned here but that was almost a year ago.