The World Wildlife Fund (WFF) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to educate people about animals around the globe, especially endangered ones. The organization started in 1961 and has been working hard ever since to protect wildlife, conserve natural resources, and work with government agencies to ensure that humans and wildlife can coexist peacefully.
The nature group recently launched a free app that hopes to do even more to educate the world on endangered animals, including interactive images, videos, and even animal origami.
Users start by picking an animal that they want to learn more about. Anyone who knows me will know that my first pick was the Giant Panda. I love those fuzzy bears (who doesn’t).
When you enter the section for the animal you choose, the image will zoom in to one area. From here, you will be able to explore information about the animal in a grid-like fashion by dragging your finger across the screen from left to right or up to down.
Each portion of the image reveals a fact about the animal. Some of the portions include interactive elements. For example, when you scroll to the upper, center portion of the elephant section, you’ll be able to view a short video of baby elephants playing. In another portion, you’ll be able to see beautiful images of the animals, or find out what kinds of things threaten their habitat.
When you’ve visited every portion of an animal’s section, you’ll be rewarded with a printable origami. At the bottom of the screen, the corner lifts up and a messages reads, “”Fold up and share this story.” When you tap the corner, the image will virtually fold up and you can share a short video with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, and email. At the bottom, right side of the screen, you’ll see a little icon for origami instructions. You can print directly from within the app to any AirPrint enabled printer.
There is also an interactive globe that offers mini facts about wildlife. Just spin it around, pick a blue dot on the globe, and find out about different animals in the area.
You can also follow WWF on Facebook and Twitter, donate to the cause, visit the website, and “adopt” a wild animal, like a panda, by purchasing an “adoption kit.” All proceeds will go to the WWF and you’ll get some fun gifts, including an adoption gift certificate, a plush toy, and more.
What I liked: Obviously, my favorite part was watching the panda bear eating bamboo. However, the whole app is amazing and filled with information about wildlife around the world.
What I didn’t like: nothing!
To buy or not to buy: Please get this app. It is educational, entertaining, and you may be saving a panda’s life if you download it today.
- Name: WWF Together
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Education
- Developer: World Wildlife Fund
- Price: Free