This zoo is raising awareness about endangered species with virtual animals

The zoo wants to bring awareness to new threats faced by certain species.

Jun 28, 2017, 3:50 pm*

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Phillip Tracy 

Phillip Tracy

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A zoo in Sweden is filling its exhibits with virtual animals to bring awareness to endangered species. Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna, Sweden, is using augmented reality to create digital animals, or what it calls “Digimals,” to teach children about the importance of caring for our environment.

The sobering reminder of our threatened wildlife was created to show how animals will need to change to survive new threats they face, which include deforestation, poaching, and climate change. The Digimals show the necessary adaptations that would need to occur for certain animals to survive. For example, the video below shows a monkey with parrot-like wings.

Tävla med Digidjuren

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Then there is this adorable mini elephant.

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A turtle that saves the ocean’s coral.

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An extra sneaky (and cute) chameleon.

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And this intense lion-dinosaur guy.

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Parkgoers can see the Digimals in their enclosures throughout Parken Zoo using the “Digidjur” app. It is available free on both iOS and Android.

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*First Published: Jun 28, 2017, 3:49 pm