.Mods in left pane should end with 204 and sorted by priority automatically.Mods in right pane should be 143. Step 6: Start SKSE through MO to play the game.Do NOT run LOOT or let it sort your mods,mods have been manually sorted both in left and right pane of MO to ensure maximum compatibility.Make sure you have all the redist required. Home Patch Notes Download Competitive Information Home Patch Notes. All mods are installed the same way, even though the files may differ.

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Below, you can read an overview about installing, downloading, and creating mods.

Customizing Civilization IV

Civilization IV brought about an unprecedented level of customization, easily earning the role of the most flexible and modification-friendly title in the Civilization series. This is great news for those of you who feel that the core game is lacking or too repetitive, as it means that user-created content can provide new life and enjoyment. From simple modifications that alter the graphics or add a new civilization, to more complex overhauls of the entire game, Civilization IV has seen it all, and below you can find out how to download, install, and create custom content. For more detailed discussion and resources, check out the Creation & Customization forum!

Types of Mods

There is a wide variety of user-created modifications available, briefly explained as follows:

Modpacks: These generally bundle multiple additions together from the following categories, often adding new graphics as well as changing the gameplay. Some focus on a particular timeperiod (e.g. Ancient Rome, the Industrial Revolution), others on the entire length of history (from Stone Age to Future Age), while others still cover a particular theme (fantasy, sci-fi, etc).

Mod components: Less comprehensive that modpacks, these usually contain simple interface or gameplay changes and do not alter the core game as much. Running man episode 104 indowebster sub. Examples include components that keep track of units’ wins and losses and others that add features like immigration, civil wars, and more.

Graphic mods, new units, and new civilizations: This type of content usually modifies the interface or graphics of the game, leaving the mechanics unchanged. Popular mods include things that alter the terrain to make it more Earth-like and ones that create a more user-friendly interface.

Scenarios, maps, and map scripts: Maps are, unsurprisingly, files that allow you to play a game of Civ4 in a premade setting. The most popular ones are Earth maps that place civilizations in historically-accurate locations and mimic reality. Scenarios are like maps, except that they contain preplaced units and cities, may have mod-like rule changes and custom content, and take place over a particular period of time. Map scripts, like the standard map scripts included with the game (Continents, Archipelago, etc.) allow for unique, randomly-generated maps.

Utilities: These are out-of-game tools that make modding or playing the game easier, simplifying the process of, say, installing mods or creating map files.

Keep in mind when downloading mods (explained in the next section) the amount to which you are willing to change the game mechanics. While things like maps and map scripts will not alter the gameplay, modpacks and scenarios can change the game rules dramatically. Experimentation to determine your personal preferences is best!

Downloading Files

All types of mods and content can be downloaded from the Civilization IV File Database, which organizes files by type (scenario, map, mod, etc). Almost all of the files there are ZIPs, a file type that can be opened using a program like 7-Zip, which is free. After finding a file or mod that you would like to use, simply download the ZIP or RAR file to your Desktop. You can then open it to extract the mod’s files from the compressed folder.

Note that mods for Civ4 (without expansions) are not compatible with Warlords (the first expansion) or Beyond the Sword (the second expansion). In fact, mods are not backwards- or forwards-compatible, though they can be converted from one game to another with some work. Also, when downloading mods, be sure that, in addition to the right game, they were created for the right patch level (you can find yours out in-game by selecting Advanced and then About This Build). You can always download the right patch from the Patch & Updates category of the database.

Installing Mods

Nearly all mods can be installed relatively easily, without any technical work. First, navigate to your C:Program FilesFiraxis GamesCivilization4, but NOT to the ./My Documents/My Games/ folder. Then, depending on which game you’re playing, open either directly the mods folder, Warlords, or Beyond the Sword folder. In all three cases, open the MODS subfolder. After you download the mod’s ZIP file, extract the mod’s main folder (almost always named the title of the mod) to this MODS directory.

Once in game, select from the Main Menu Advanced and then Load a Mod. Choose the mod from the list of mods available, and just wait for the game to restart, as it needs to load the changed game files. Then you’re all set! If you encounter problems, read this thread to double-check your procedure.

In some cases, mods will require a non-standard installation. In this event, you can find detailed instructions either from a readme file in the mod’s folder or from the mod’s thread on the forums. Even more lengthy and comprehensive instructions can be seen in the Tutorials & Reference forum.

Creating Your Own Mods

There are various ways of modding Civ4, and each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Below there are general descriptions of the four major ways to edit and customize Civilization 4, ordered approximately in order of increasing complexity and learning curve.


For those of you who played Civ3, the WorldBuilder is much like the out-of-game editor in that it allows you to create maps, place units and cities, edit the “fog of war”, set diplomacy, and other features that are useful in making scenarios and maps. It can be launched only in-game by pressing Control + W when a saved game has been loaded, though it can then create a totally new map. The WorldBuilder is fairly intuitive and the interface remains essentially the same as in Civ4, allowing for individuals to make quick changes or more complex scenarios. You can read more about the WorldBuilder and download a manual in this thread.


XML, or Extensible Markup Language, refers to the format of the game’s data files, which store information regarding things like units’ attributes (strength, movement, hammer cost, etc.), leaders’ characteristics, civilopedia entries, and more. These files are located in the default directory of C:/Program Files/Firaxis Games/Sid Meier’s Civilization 4/Assets/XML and can be opened in a program like Notepad. Simple changes, like giving a unit more movement points or making terrain have a different food yield, can be accomplished with XML, as can more difficult things like creating new civilizations. For more about XML and modding in general, consult this guide to Civ4.


Python refers to the more powerful language that is used by the game to control many things, including the interface, advisor screens, and map generation. Python can be used to create totally new features that are not in the default game. The Python API can be seen here, and a set of tutorials for Python can be read here.


The SDK, or Software Development Kit, allows modders the most direct access to the main Civ4 game files. By downloading and using the SDK, individuals can edit the game’s DLL source code, enabling them to change the game in ways otherwise impossible. Naturally, this is the most challenging form of modding, as it requires a more complex understanding of programming, but you can read an overview and instructions regarding the SDK on the forums.

Modding at CivFanatics

CivFanatics maintains a very vibrant modding community that has even attracted the attention of Firaxis, with some modders having their creations released on expansion packs. Main modding discussion takes place in the Creation & Customization forum, with subforums containing threads for finished files. Numerous mods have their own individual forums in the Project & Mod Development forum as a way to more directly communicate and receive feedback from users. Also, keep an eye out on the homepage here at CivFanatics for updates regarding recent creations!

Additional Information

Credit for much of this overview goes to the many stickies and influential threads in the Creation & Customization forum. That forum serves as a great reference and contains discussion on a much deeper level. If you have any questions, the users there can provide timely answers.

Zoo Tycoon is one of those games where I can literally spend hours upon hours playing and it will never stress me out.

I do play sandbox, but hey, that’s just what rocks my boat.

I just feel that maybe there should be a bit more animals that we could choose from. Thankfully, the mod community listened to my prayers once again and created a bunch of mods to enrich the natural habitats of the game.

I’ve tried to make a varied list that includes animals from all regions of the world. I think this list came out looking exactly how I wanted, and you will be able to truly make your zoo feel like a completely different place once all of the mods are installed.

A word of warning though – if you’re a fan of dinosaurs, there are plenty of mods that add them to the game.

Many of them were extremely popular, which is why I’m adding this quick annotation on these too. So jump in and let’s have some fun!

15. Radical Remake – African Adventures Part I

New animals, new behaviors, man more hours of fun.

The Radical Remade mod adds a whole bunch of new African animals to your selection of zoo critters.

Create the safari zone of your dreams and watch those mandrills move around your zoo.

The creator of the mod made sure to add new behaviors to suit the animals better than others that already came in the game.

All in all, I’d say it’s a solid mod. The movements are not developed with the same level of depth as others, but it’s still a great addition to the game.

14. Eurasian Jay

Alright, this mod adds the one critter. Which is why it’s not higher up on the list.

However I beg you not to be fooled by its apparent simplicity.

The Eurasian Jay model is absolutely fantastic. And as the creator of the mod states, it’s made from scratch.

All of the animations aren’t based on other animals or aspects that the game comes with. They were made from a blank slate and carved into what you see.

The jay moves naturally and everything just feels right about it. Besides, just look at it. It’s super cute.


You know you want this guy in your zoo.

13. Asian Golden Cat

Yay, cats! The Asian Golden Cat mod literally adds one creature to the game.

But it’s a cat, so I’m putting it above the two other mods since we all love felines.

The Asian Golden cat model is, nonetheless, a very well-made mod which comes with a couple of different skins so it feels like you’re actually adding a few other animals to the game.

It’s cute as heck, though, and that alone earns it a spot on my list.

12. Snake Pack

This mod sounds hilariously scary if you only read its name and avoid the description.

But the Snake Pack mod is a fantastic addition to your game.

You will have the option to select a bunch of new snakes to be displayed in the countless showrooms of your zoo.

The mod adds a total of six new snakes, but the creator of the mod decided to add the scientific names of each snake on the description as well as in-game.

They look cool, though!

11. Chilean Critters

Alright there’s a small chance that I’m picking this mod for the list because I’m currently living in Chile.

Don’t be fooled by that, though.

The mod is quite complete and comes with a whole bunch of animals that you’ll often found in the southernmost regions of South America.

This includes the beautiful Guanaco (aka the Chilean Lama), as well as two local foxes, a flamingo, and a leopard.

If you like exotic fauna then give the Chilean Critters mod a go.

This country’s fauna is beautiful and it truly deserves to be in the game!

10. Imported Foliage

Ah, a fauna mega pack.

This fantastic mod will add a whole new bunch of trees to your game to keep that vegetation looking unique and avoid the dull look that it can sometimes be when you stare at the same plants for a while.

The mod compiles the work of various modders, so you can rest assured that there are a whole bunch of unique plants in here.

They’re all coded properly so there are no bugs with them from what I could find. Some are a bit too stiff for my taste, but nothing’s perfect in this life right?

9. Nessich’s India

Man I love the textures that Nessich put on these animals.

They are five different critters, all of them naturally found in India.

And now you’ll be able to keep them in cages in your zoo!

Share the natural beauties of India with the rest of the world and allow your visitors to be marveled with these fantastically stunning creatures.

8. Reef Animated Pack

New reefs and sea creatures are a must if you’re a fan of the underwater marvels of our planet.

This mod adds a whole bunch of new sea critters to the game as well as a couple new coral reefs, which will improve the underwater sights of your aquarium-style zoo like you can’t imagine.

A simple mod that makes the game look better is always welcome. Additional aquatic animals are even better. And that’s exactly what this one does!

7. Caribbean Travels Pack

This complete pack will allow you to feel like you’re actually living in the Caribbean.

The first time I came across this mod, I instantly knew that I wanted it in my game.

It just looks so good to have so many tropical animals in Zoo Tycoon and I knew I couldn’t miss the chance to create an exotic exhibition.

Give this mod a shot – I’m sure to won’t regret it.

Caribbean birds, butterflies, and amphibious creatures are all there to be found.

6. Fauna del Mundo Remake

No, this isn’t a Pitbull song.

Fauna del Mundo is a mod created by a Spanish-speaking modder that adds a bunch of new animals from all over the world to the game.

He didn’t only focus on creating new animals from South America; he took the time to add animals that inhabit various regions of our nature-rich planet.

I absolutely love Fauna del Mundo (which means Fauna of the World in Spanish), and I’m sure you will too.

There are too many new animals to see and enjoy. Plus this bad boy’s totally free to install so why not give it a try.

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5. Crocodylia

I have to admit I’m not too much of a fan of crocodiles.

They’re too scary for my taste.

However, this mod adds a bunch of new crocs to the game and the models are so fantastically well made that it wouldn’t have been fair for me to leave this mod outside the top 5.

The entire body of each crocodile is extremely detailed.

I encourage you to check the models out on the download page before you get it. They’re awesome!

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4. Fish Import Packs 1 & 2

This is the first time that I’ve ever done a two-in-one mod addition to any of my mod lists.

But this couple of mods fully deserves the privilege.

They actually act like a single mod, as they add a whole bunch of aquatic creatures to the game to enrich the sea life of your zoo.

Fishes galore are a given with the Fish Import packs. Be sure to download both for the full effect.

3. Project Australia

The Project Australia mod adds a fair few animals that inhabit the lands of Australia (and no, I’m not talking about giant spiders or Elder Scrolls-like creatures).

The mod focuses mostly on birds, and I absolutely love the way they look. The models are great too and quite realistic.

Just more birds for your international zoo business.

2. Marvels 3volved Holiday Pack

Alright guys: ONE dinosaur mod. That’s all I’m giving you.

And I’m adding it to the list because it also adds a whole bunch of cool prehistoric fauna.

It’s a shame that the creator of the mod seems to have given up on it, as the mod really had a good thing going on for us.

But even without regular updates this thing is still going strong.

1. European Expeditions

Do not be deceived by the fact that this mod lacks images on the Nexus, it adds a whole bunch of new things to the game.

The title of user-made expansion serves it quite well, as you literally have a whole new world to explore with this fantastic add-on.

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European Expeditions honors its name and offers you new animals, maps, plants, and more.

Give it a try and you’ll be entertained for hours.

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