Quoted from fooflighter:
Better than me...I have a couple thousand already, alot of those are from dialing the pin in but man tough game for sure... I'm a noob to the hobby this year but closest I've gotten was 4 captures, never made it past the Trex ...I just can't get through the paddocks... Get caught up in the side quests
What helped me get deeper in the game was learning how to get the easy extra ball. Once you get 6 rescues extra ball will light on the right ramp. I always try and trap the t-rex because it will also give you a extra ball. So if you can rescue enough workers and trap the t-rex that should help you on your journey.