Animals - along with Fun Stuff - are the main way in which the player earns in the game. They each produce a certain amount of when their recharge timer ends.
Animals can be obtained in the following ways:
- Purchasing them.
- Completing Collections where an animal is one of the rewards.
- Completing Community Events.
Sometimes animals go on sale, so it's good to check your village daily. There will usually be an in-game pop-up about it, or you can check the Shop icon for a sale tag.
See the Habitats page for information on which habitat each animal lives in, the Missions page to see which animals are involved in missions, the Collections page to see which animals are included in collections, and the Village Score page to learn about leveling up animal families.
(***) This column can help you decide which animals will produce the most income for you. The number is a theoretical value, which could only be achieved if the coins are collected immediately after the recharge time. Animals on a short counter have a higher number than animals with a long recharge time. What animals are the most profitable for you will depend on how often you play. For the more entreprenuring players, this amazing (partially incomplete) spreadsheet provides how much animals earn over different periods of time (it even addresses incomplete families and decoration bonuses) - Atisss's Google Doc.