Panda Conservation Isn't a Game. Or Is It?
YANUA International, a strong supporter of the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Foundation, has launched Saving Pandas, a mobile video game that raises awareness of the conservation of giant pandas.
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Saving Pandas Game Launched to Support Panda Conservation
The launch is in collaboration with the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a nonprofit organization engaged in wildlife research, captive breeding, conservation education, and educational tourism.
In Saving Pandas, players rescue baby pandas from evil space aliens in a series of unexpected twists and turns.
"Giant pandas are beloved worldwide and with roughly 1,596 left in the wild, conservation efforts are critical if we are to preserve them as a species," said Dr. Richard Helfer, chairman of YANUA International.
"People—especially children—want fun and engaging ways to learn and be inspired, so it seemed fitting to launch Saving Pandas mobile app to educate people around the world about Giant Pandas. We're taking our platform on the road in collaboration with Chengdu Panda Base, where many pandas call home before relocating to a zoo around the world. We'll host events and promotions, all to engage people in an extraordinary way, on the topic of panda conservation. We believe that the more we talk about Saving Pandas, the more people will develop care for the giant pandas."
Earthwatch Authenticates the Pandamonium
As players move from level to level within Saving Pandas, they are presented with facts about pandas and their conservation.
Brett Rudy, director of marketing for Earthwatch, added: "We regularly seek ways to showcase the importance of the research we conduct on our projects around the world. We have an active panda conservation research project, On the Trail of Giant Pandas in China, that supports the China Conservation and Research Centre for giant pandas. Therefore, incorporating general panda knowledge into a game that could be played by millions seemed like a great way to educate the public in a fun and engaging way that might inspire them to get even more involved with the species."
Between levels, facts that appear to the gamer include:
- It is estimated that there are only about 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild.
- Pandas are pink when they are born.
- In the wild, panda cubs remain with their mother for one-and-a-half to two years.
- A wild giant panda’s diet is 99 percent bamboo.
- A newborn panda cub is about 1/900th the size of its mother.
- Pandas spend up to 16 hours a day eating.
- A panda’s paw has five fingers and a pseudo-thumb!
- Panda mums usually give birth to one or two cubs at a time.
Be a Panda Hero: Download Saving Pandas Today
The adorable and addicting game challenges players to use their skills to overcome obstacles, hurdles, and enemies on unfriendly planets to save baby pandas abducted by evil space aliens. Players select a panda hero and collect hearts during their journey. In between levels, facts help educate players about giant pandas.
Available in the App Store for $1.99, Saving Pandas is playable on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and it can be downloaded in English, Japanese, Mandarin, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Download Saving Pandas today.