Facebook Game Hopes To Save Gorillas

While Facebook games are generally more known for wasting your time than helping to save the world, My Conservation Park aims to help the well-intentioned “play it forward” by funding real-world conservation efforts based on virtual participation.

This latest effort from Good World Games, part of a partnership with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, challenges players to protect their “heroes” from an increasing number of human and environmental threats (including those tied to humanity’s ever-growing carbon footprint). In recompense for these virtual good deeds, players are rewarded with cash and karma.

Facebook conservation game

image via Good World Games

You can use that cash to purchase native flora and fauna, enriching your hero’s habitat, or hire staff like rangers and veterinarians to defend your hero and keep the habitat sustainable. Good World Games reports that it will donate 15 percent of all in-game purchases to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which works to protect gorillas and protect them from poaching while helping African communities.

Via this green computer app, friends can visit each other’s parks to help protect and improve each other’s conservation efforts.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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