Microsoft has launched a Zoo Tycoon community challenge to raise money to help endangered animals.
Each month the Frontier-developed Xbox One and Xbox 360 game will launch a community challenge focused on one of the endangered animals in the game, with players invited to vote for which non-profit organisation they wish to benefit.
When the challenge's goal is reached Microsoft will donate $10,000 to the chosen non-profit. Players will get updates on how the cash is spent with pictures and reports.
Voting is already underway for the first beneficiary from the following charities: Rhino Rescue, Komodo Survival Program and the Tiger Species Survival Program. When the voting closes on 31st December a challenge will be issued.
These are the challenges:
- Release 1000 Rhinos to the wild in Zoo Tycoon and Microsoft and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will donate $10000 to help protect and deter further poaching of rhino horns in Africa.
- Adopt 1000 Komodo Dragons in Zoo Tycoon and Microsoft and AZA will donate $10,000 to support the Komodo Survival Program's work with the Indonesian Government to protect this species.
- Release 1000 Sumatran Tigers into the wild in Zoo Tycoon and Microsoft and AZA will donate $10,000 to the Tiger Species Survival Program to help reduce the number of Sumatran Tigers killed, displaced or caught in snares.
To vote go to the community page in the game.