The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is preparing for the Memorial Day weekend opening of its Tull Family Tiger Trail and, starting February 21, 2014, has made available an online version of Tiger Trail: The Game for both iPhone and iPad.
Tiger fans can take the challenge of saving a Sumatran tiger from the perils faced in the wild and getting it safely to a protected reserve. Tiger Trail: The Game, launched earlier this month, is now available for mobile devices. This is the Safari Park’s second online game and was created with a 3-D isometric view, giving a bird’s-eye view of the game. Players can help save an animated tiger 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. With the added mobile access, iPhone and iPad owners can download the app for Tiger Trail: The Game to save tigers wherever they are.
About the Tull Family Tiger Trail
The 5.2-acre Tull Family Tiger Trail opens at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Memorial Day weekend 2014. The forested habitat 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 and will offer up-close views of the tigers, including a birthing den with outdoor space. Conservation efforts for the species will be highlighted throughout.
In preparation for the opening on May 24, 2014, the Safari Park has launched a microsite about the Tull Family Tiger Trail. Online visitors to www.sdzsafaripark.org/tigertrail/ can take a virtual tour of the new home for the Park’s six Sumatran tigers while the area is still under construction. The site offers a look inside the Sambutan Longhouse, a simulated cultural center in the middle of the Tiger Trail area, and the Pondok, an Indonesian hut or shack 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 six tigers, four of which are 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 its 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; for example, tigers have more than 100 stripes that appear not only on the cat’s fur but on its skin, too.
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 conflict with humans, 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 by refusing to purchase items made from endangered wildlife.
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