The Royal Foundation and ZSL created a new Minecraft adventure map and game as part of the United for Wildlife collaboration.
We Are The Rangers is set in the African savannah, with players assuming the role of a ranger whose job it is to save endangered species, and aims to engage a new audience with conservation through the medium of gaming. So far, there have been more than 113,000 registered players.
Minecraft is highlighting the threats facing wild animals through a new game and set of maps. ZSL worked with the Royal Foundation and United for Wildlife partners on the development with the aim of showing young people the sad reality that some of our wild animals could disappear forever.
In 2015, 40,000 people downloaded We Are The Rangers
The maps are part of the "We Are The Rangers" campaign project, and feature animals including pangolin, elephant, rhino and lion, the real victims of illegal trade, plus the rangers trying to save them.
The aim of the game is to have fun and learn about conservation. Set in the African savannah, players take on the role of rangers, to save those precious animals that may soon disappear. One challenge involves players recovering stolen ivory and rhino horns – which is why all our elephants and rhino are disappearing in real life.
There are two components to We Are The Rangers:
- The Quest map – which features five challenges, such as bringing back wildlife images.
- The Creator map – a creative space for players to create their maps and share on social media.
The maps and game were developed with members of the public, who responded to a call for help with a Minecraft build to highlight how rangers protect animals facing extinction.
To celebrate the launch, high profile YouTubers Stampy Longhead and Wonderquest played through the maps and game. Stampy is high-profile YouTuber with 6.5million subscribers.