The giant panda may no longer be considered endangered, but that hasn’t stopped them from being a powerful symbol for wildlife preservation.
Enter Panda.Earth – a new blockchain-based game that aims to better track numbers for the beloved animals. The project takes the form of a simulation game that digitises the record of all living pandas across the world.
It will use a unique autonomous community ecosystem to bypass centralised storage in other gaming systems, and players will be able to engage with the pandas by exchanging breeds and even mating them.
The website reads: “Panda Earth is a game centered around breedable, collectible, and adorable creatures where digital pandas live in the blockchain! Each panda comes from descendants of 50 giant pandas that have been officially licensed by China Panda Conservation and Research Center to breed on the blockchain.
“Its image, purity and personality is one-of-a-kind and 100% owned by you; it cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed.”
It’s a neat way to get more people involved and invested in how blockchain technology can be used in conservation efforts, and will hopefully result in more practical solutions based on the same ideas.