Those Years I Opened a Zoo


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After graduating, the poor Duan Jiaze inherited a private zoo. He signed a contract and welcomed Luya, Daji, Bai Suzhen, black bear and other “animals”.

Since then, he was so worried that he has been dreaming about customer traffic.

Since then, the first zoo to implement a classification system has appeared, anyone under 21 years old cannot visit Luya.

Since then, demons, ghost and monks from the previous era are seething.

Many years later, Duan Jiaze and Luya imitated a dialogue at the annual meeting.

Duan Jiaze: Luya didn’t even attend elementary school, he has been a jobless citizen wandering for thousand of years. Afterwards he found a job, that is, to be an animal at the zoo.

Luya: …

Associated Names
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Me and My Zoo
Năm ấy tui mở vườn bách thú
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Recommendation Lists
  1. virg*n MC & ML + First Love ( Danmei / BL )
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  5. NOVEL #4

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06/20/23 Asian Hobbyist c55
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redxx rated it
March 27, 2019
Status: c75
I will recommened this for those who like light-hearted element (which is really attractive to me) and can endure slow burn romance. (I really enjoy the dynamics of the couple, from foes (kind of) to friends and lovers)

i love

to encourage everyone to read it OR YOU CAN WATCH THE ANIME IN NOVEMBER 2019~

and especially if you are looking for a mixture of cute animals + a dash of mythology + slow burn romance + quirky characters + some cultivation + a dead... more>> app system + not much dog blood drama + building a business

The side characters are rather entertaining too


i am so amused by the employee that pay to be employeed because of some horror stuff oh well


ML is such an idiotic tsundere sometime I wonder if he was the bottom instead of the top LOL

Some moments I enjoyed from chapter 1- 155:

  • How the zoo's fans shipped ML and MC pet/owner relationship. Its so cute......
  • And obviously our straight MC slowly getting bent by ML as the chapters continue like he allow ML to kiss him when they are not tgt?
  • they actually did IT~~~
  • cute baby penguin, and hence a family of three was born
For those curious about when the super slow burn romance start:


as for chapter 50 and so on, ML seems to be showing signs of falling for our MC


For those who are curious as to when

they got together.....


They got together in chapter 142 and had s*x 13 chapters later HEH


And also curious about MC....


a little water dragon

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mrews rated it
March 8, 2019
Status: Completed
this is a cute story about raising animals, building a zoo, gaining fame, making riches and raisng awareness about environment with a side dish of a slow burn romance between an idiot and a bigger idiot. Did I mention the abundance of the cute animals?
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Cridale rated it
March 24, 2019
Status: c11
So far this novel hooked me a lot.

Don't mind about the rating below 4! Afterall these 1-star is I'm believe from the yaoi/sho-ai haters.

This novel is cute and light, love to see MC interaction with ML. Altough sometimes want to slap the ML ? Because damnn he to pridefull, but at the same time can't hate him.

Well my opinion, if you likes read Cub association, maybe this novel your taste too. The animals is so cute ❤ raising a zoo, and etc.

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thanks goodness there a ML that can help MC teachs the bird


Oh by the way the translator is doing great for translate it, it's easy to read. <<less
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rashikunai rated it
March 11, 2019
Status: c9
This has to be one of the cutest projects so far, and a really nice read too. The animals are cute, the interactions between the protagonists are super cute (tbh, the slightly hetare, bird-brained gong is really nice and refreshing!), and the translator is doing a great job of making the novel a nice read. So far not much has happened in terms of action or suspense, but this kind of nice, atmospheric read is also very charming, I think. I hope the translator continues the project, and again many,... more>> many thanks!!! ♡ <<less
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ike_00000 rated it
August 6, 2019
Status: c32
Characters: 4/5

I like the personalities of the demons, and the MC seems interesting enough (although there's nothing really special about him). However, honestly he's a little too useless / mediocre; the success is so much due to his golden fingers that it's a little sad. Not that bad though, since it's not like he doesn't do anything, but still. That said, he does have an inherent gift with animals (specifically, with fish) and it's amusing to watch. It's also funny how this story weaves in supernatural elements and mythology in... more>> a comical and lighthearted way. The animals also give this story a layer of meng.

Even at this point, there's barely any relationship developments between the MC and ML. However, it seems promising, and I personally like when the romance develops slowly.

Plot: 4/5

I like the idea of the zoo and the system, but this is coming from someone that enjoys OP settings since it's a serious golden finger. The development of the story actually feels very logical and step by step, so there's no instant success or anything. Rather, we see the process as the zoo comes alive.

I'm looking forward to more!

Writing & Translation: 4/5

Definitely some grammar mistakes, but it's not too bad. Furthermore, the translator has many notes at the end of the chapters explaining some mythological or cultural context, which is much appreciated.

Also, there's illustrations sometimes (does this have a manga adaption?? Apparently it's getting an anime!!) that is SO cute. <<less
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AmNut Obcess rated it
April 13, 2020
Status: Completed
This story is absolutely damn good! A pity too short. Would love more extra chapters.

Love the interaction between the MC and the supporting characters. I feel like I could take an exam about Chinese Mythical Beast after reading this lol.

Also love the ML. The tsundere ML lol. At first I thought our ML would be an overbearing president type but never thought he'll be the kind of shy one at times!

Enjoyed reading this. Love the extra chapters, the spin off and the Ascension part lol. It would be nice though... more>> if it's a bit longer.

Looking for a story with the same kind of tone as this. Pm me if you know some!

Love xx <<less
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coldsoba12 rated it
December 18, 2020
Status: --
I actually watched the donghua and liked it so I decided to read the novel. The novel is obviously better but this slow slow burn is really hurting me at moments when reading. Though, I like the MC and ML interactions since the ML is so prideful and can only really have the MC to coax him hahaha!

I want more updates plz.

I really like the slice of life aspect in seeing how the MC takes care of the zoo and the funny interactions with the secondary characters.

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I really found it funny when the ex of that business guy ends up cursing him and even decides to kill herself to punish him for ever breaking up with her was hilarious

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Rutabaga rated it
July 13, 2023
Status: Completed
It's a pretty lighthearted read. Simple plot and the author executes it pretty well. Don't expect too much plot development or characters, and you'll enjoy it just fine.

The plot: Simple concept, guy opens a zoo, recruits workers, and also romances one of them. There's not much to talk about since it carries that idea all throughout the novel, and does it pretty well. There my be some plot holes but overall aren't too big to really matter. It does get a bit repetitive at the end, though I do think... more>> it ended about ten chapters or so after I started finding it repetitive, so it doesn't bother me too much.

Characters: again, simple. Not necessarily a bad thing in a light read. The characters have their own unique personality which I enjoyed a lot. They don't really stand out as developed or 3d characters, but to be honest I feel like this amount of character is just right. Doesn't distract from the story, not too bland to make me drop it. I like reading their interactions. Story occurs over 7 years, so there's some subtle changes in character and their interactions, though not a lot.

Romance: I don't really have much of an opinion on this. I liked their interactions, the romance just kinda developed and I didn't really put much thought into it. It's okay, I guess, but there's some misunderstandings in the beginning that just kind of confuse me.

Overall: fun to pass the time, don't think too much into the plot and it's a good novel. <<less
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nitan rated it
January 19, 2023
Status: Completed
This novel is hilarious, light-hearted and funny. I had a great time reading but 3/4 of the way through, I became really bored.

Although it's a smooth sailing story that rarely has any face slaps (except for occasional arrogant 'new workers' or some random person) -- the whole thing with this novel is about progressing. About expanding the zoo, new animals, improvements. It's fun to read but it's not very tight, some of the settings are a little.. hole-y. But it's fine!

Romance is about 5% of the novel -- really not... more>> the focus, but I find them cute together and their personalities are nice. But yeah, this novel became really boring around ch160 because there's nothing keeping me going. It's a 'what now?' situation. There's no building up of anything, just randomly adding pieces. Some of the old casts aren't mentioned after their 1 chapters, there's also alot going on that just felt.. finished. This novel could've finished sooner...

Unrelated but I think one other point was how annoying some people are in this novel. The lack of boundaries and respect is a little off-putting. It makes me a little annoyed but I get it. Culturally and socially, the MC is fine still. It's also surprising that there's little to no villains in this novel, every situationship is very positive and is an ally of the zoo. Actually... this novel feels like a stallion protagonist novel collecting harem except there's no romance, and collecting little brothers is a matter of course. <<less
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MoistCracker rated it
August 27, 2021
Status: --
I'm happy and my heart is full.

I love reading, I love BL, and most of all I love animals.

What more could I ask for haha!

... more>> It's cute, light, and a fun read if you're looking for something casual to pass the time. If you're looking for a break from drama and complicated stuff and just wanna relax your mind then this novel is a good fit.

The MC is very likeable hardworking person and the ML is somewhat of a tsundere.

Reading about the side characters even the ones that visit the zoo is entertaining.

Give it a go. You won't regret it. <<less
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RenTheWitch rated it
February 11, 2020
Status: Completed
One of the best novels I have read about fluff, fantasy and animal rearing. Makes you develop enviroment and fauna awareness, its funny, the romance has a very good pace and each character has their own niche and backstory development that wont disappoint!
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