The Minnesota Zoo and Eduweb have released the latest installment in their downloadable game designed to teach the public more about ecology and the lives of wolves.
The original WolfQuest game was released about two years ago for the PC and Mac. Episode 1, entitled Amethyst Mountain, was set in the Northern Region of Yellowstone and allowed players to hunt elk, find a mate and “harass” grizzly bears and coyotes.
The just-released Episode 2, named Slough Creek, introduces an additional four square miles of Yellowstone and lets users select a den site, raise pups and mark their territory with “raised-leg urination and howling.”
A multiplayer aspect further allows players to form online packs containing up to 5 player wolves and to work as a team to hunt humongous bull elks.
The newly released version combines both episodes and was developed for “tween-agers” aged nine-thirteen.
The game’s development was assisted by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The Minnesota Zoo is home to a pair of Gray Wolves and four Mexican gray Wolves.
The game does not contain a mode for hunting wolves from a helicopter however.