Zoo Guardians, a free, mobile zoo simulation game created by JumpStart Games in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, is celebrating 50 years of giant panda care, research and conservation at the Zoo. The game launched an exclusive Pandariffic celebration with in-game events and online downloadables on April 6.
Zoo Guardians brings the real-life conservation efforts of the Zoo into players’ hands by allowing players to care for and understand the needs of a wide variety of threatened animals like the giant panda. April 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the Zoo’s ongoing care and conservation for giant pandas, and the team at JumpStart Games is thrilled to bring exciting updates to celebrate this momentous occasion!
“It’s inspiring to know generations of conservationists have dedicated their passion and skills to learning about the beloved giant panda,” says Julianne May, Marketing Manager at Jumpstart Games. “With Zoo Guardians, our team’s goal is to help nurture this spirit of conservation with an event that not only celebrates the giant panda, but also encourages adults and children alike to continue learning with them.”
From April through August, in addition to new in-game quests, here’s what’s in store during the Panda-rific Celebration:
Players can now claim limited edition panda décor items to customize their zoos with by redeeming the promo code found on the Zoo’s website here.
● The Giant Panda Statue
● A familiar Clock Tower to local Zoo goers
● And much more in-game
Fans and conservationists can download a FREE “Pandariffic Pack” here which includes:
● Two mobile backgrounds
● Coloring sheets
● And other panda-themed activities
“This anniversary celebrates 50 years of collaboration and conservation success for the cherished giant panda,” says Pamela Baker-Masson, Associate Director, Office of Communications and Exhibits. “The future lies with the next generations inspiration to become real-life Zoo Guardians.”
Zoo Guardians is free and available to download in the App Store and on Google Play. With special features like augmented reality and “fun fact cards,” players have a number of unique ways to interact with the animals they love most, while getting a taste of conservation. This game is rated E for Everyone and recommended for players ages 9 and above. Players can continue their Zoo Guardians journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or using the hashtag #ZooGuardians.