Microsoft is encouraging Zoo Tycoon Xbox One and Xbox 360 players to help raise money for endangered species with a series of special initiatives. Each month Microsoft will launch a Zoo Tycoon community challenge to raise money to help endangered animals.
These community challenges focus on one of the endangered animals in the game, encouraging players to vote for the non-profit organization they wish to benefit. When the challenge's goal is reached Microsoft will donate $10,000 to the chosen non-profit organization. Players also get updates on how the money is spent with reports from Microsoft.
Voting is underway for the first beneficiary now, with organizations such as Rhino Rescue, Komodo Survival Program, and the Tiger Species Survival Program as choices. When the voting closes on December 31, Microsoft will issue a number of challenges:
-Release 1,000 Rhinos to the wild in Zoo Tycoon and Microsoft and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will donate $10,000 to help protect and deter further poaching of rhino horns in Africa.
-Adopt 1,000 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 1,000 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.
Zoo Tycoon owners can go to the community page in the game to vote.