The gameplay combines Zoo Tycoon 2 and 2013's Zoo Tycoon for Xbox systems. The player can create they're own zoo by building exhibits, mini exhibits, tanks, and more. There are now eight exhibit biomes to choose from.
Plus a choice of different mini exhibits:
- Desert Dome
- Saltwater Aquarium
- Savannah Rock
- Tropical Lawn
- Tropical Pool
- Tropical Tree
- Tropical Rock
There are said to be more than 150 animals on the Xbox One and PC versions. The Xbox 360 version will only feature 120 of these animals, however.
For a full list of the animals, see List of Animals in Zoo Tycoon 3.