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Playing a game on your phone could help save endangered species. Here’s how

Playing a game on your phone could help save endangered species. Here’s how

Wildchain allows smartphone users to support real-life conservation projects across the world by digitally adopting rare animals.

More than 35,500 species are threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. Now a new smartphone game enables players to support conservation efforts from the comfort of their sofa.

Wildchain lets users adopt animals, plant trees and support real-life conservation projects by creating what the non-profit organization calls a “digital sanctuary”.

Players start with a magical egg that can hatch into one of the world’s most endangered animals, such as a cheetah or elephant.

These are matched to a real-life counterpart based on animal population numbers. For example, IUCN estimates there are 6,674 cheetahs left in the world – so there are the same number in the game.

Full story by Natalie Marchant at the World Economic Forum