No, you did not read that headline wrong. Microsoft has partnered up with Zoo Tycoon's developer to offer $10,000 in donations to nonprofit organizations that deal with endangered species. Each month, a new community challenge will be issued by Zoo Tycoon developer Frontier and when that challenge has been completed, Microsoft will donate the money to whichever organization the players voted for.
In fact, players will receive updates on how the cash donation is spent, complete with pictures and reports. Voting for the first beneficiary is already happening now and include charities like Rhino Rescue, Komodo Survival Program and the Tiger Species Survival Program. Voting closes December 31st and the first community challenge will begin after that date.
Here 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.
Do you have what it takes? In order to vote, head over to the community page in the Zoo Tycoon game.