The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has launched Tiger Trail: The Game, the facility’s second online game. Created with a 3-D isometric view, giving a bird’s-eye view of the game, players can help save animated tigers roaming the wilds of Sumatra from falling into traps set by poachers. Players are also challenged to collect food and power-ups to build their tiger’s strength. The game has a variety of levels designed to test the player’s skill with increasingly difficult challenges. Log onto www.tigertrailgame.com to play.
Tiger Trail: The Game is part of the digital experience for the Tull Family Tiger Trail, opening at the Safari Park on Memorial Day, 2014. Online visitors to www.sandiegozoo.org/tigertrail can take a virtual tour of the new home for the Park’s six Sumatran tigers while the exhibit is still under construction. The site gives visitors a look inside the Sambutan Longhouse, a simulated cultural center in the middle of the Tiger Trail area, and the Pondok, where guests can discover how poaching and the illegal trade of animal products are impacting the survival of tigers and other animals that share their habitat. The Safari Park is home to four tigers under 3 years old, so the new website also features photos and videos of the earliest stages of a tiger’s life.
As visitors scroll down the webpage, they can learn about the power, strength and physical features of this feline predator – from its binocular-like vision to the large canine teeth that help the tiger swiftly kill prey. There are also videos about the importance of a tiger’s whiskers and large paws. The site includes facts about the cat’s most iconic feature – its stripes. Most tigers have more than 100 stripes that appear not only on the cat’s fur but on the skin, too.
About the Tull Family Tiger Trail Exhibit
The 5.2-acre Tull Family Tiger Trail opens at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Memorial Day 2014, and will include three separate yards for the tigers with rocks for climbing, ponds for swimming, deadwood trees to use as scratching posts and tall grasses for catnaps. Tiger Trail will be a forested habitat offering up-close views of the tigers, including a birthing den with outdoor space, and highlight conservation efforts for the species throughout.
The Park is currently home to six Sumatran tigers. There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild and that number continues to drop. Scientists estimate that this species could become extinct in its native Sumatra by 2020, unless drastic measures are taken to protect and preserve it.
Tigers face many challenges in the wild, from loss of habitat to human-tiger conflict, but the biggest threat continues to be poaching. Tigers are killed and their body parts sold illegally, mostly for folk remedies. People can help protect wild tigers by avoiding products that harm tiger habitat and refusing to purchase items made from endangered wildlife.
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