Are you game to be Park Ranger?

Pro­tect­ing Phillip Is­land’s (near Mel­bourne) unique wildlife and man­ag­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment are all in a day’s work for a na­ture parks ranger, and a new mo­bile game gives kids the op­por­tu­nity to roll up their sleeves and take on the role of a ranger

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The Phillip Is­land Park Ranger game brings con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties to life and puts the gamer in charge of man­ag­ing the is­land’s nat­u­ral habi­tat and pro­tect­ing wildlife species like Aus­tralian fur seals, lit­tle pen­guins, hooded plovers, shear­wa­ters and chal­leng­ing mini-games. mon­i­tor­ing the Aus­tralian fur seal pop­u­la­tion out at Seal Rocks and dis­en­tan­gling a pup could be re­mov­ing ma­rine de­bris from one of Phillip Is­land’s many beau­ti­ful beaches and pro­tect­ing the en­dan­gered hooded plovers. Roland Pick, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ex­ec­u­tive, Phillip Is­land Na­ture Parks, says, “This game in­cludes the kinds of tasks our rangers and re­searchers carry out ev­ery day, and will give kids a great in­sight into the role these ded­i­cated peo­ple play in con­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for our in­cred­i­ble wildlife.” He fur­ther in­forms, “We de­vel­oped Phillip Is­land Park ranger to give kids the chance to en­gage with con­ser­va­tion is­sues and ac­tions in a fun and re­lat­able way, us­ing real ex­am­ples of con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in a real set­ting. How­ever, many kids to­day al­ready have such a great un­der­stand­ing of the need for con­ser­va­tion.” The game fea­tures a con­trol cen­tre from where rangers can mon­i­tor their tasks and move seam­lessly from re­mov­ing weeds in the shear­wa­ter habi­tat on Cape Woola­mai to re­pair­ing the elec­tronic cir­cuitry on the pen­guin weigh­bridge at the Pen­guin Pa­rade. Each suc­cess­fully com­pleted task earns ex­pe­ri­ence points and kids earn bonus points for tasks com­pleted while play­ing on Phillip Is­land. Com­plet­ing all the lev­els once, rangers can up­grade their con­trol cen­tre, im­prove their ranger rat­ing and ul­ti­mately be re­warded with a free child’s four Parks Pass to visit the Pen­guin Pa­rade, Antarc­tic Jour­ney, Koala Re­serve and Churchill Is­land. Phillip Is­land Park Ranger is free to down­load, con­tains no ads and has no in-app pur­chases. Par­ents need not worry since the game is com­pletely safe and suit­able Younger kids can also play it, but they might need a hand with mini-games.

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