Thursday 28 February 2013
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Team WILD – the search for science superheroes goes WILD.

Wildlife educational charity, Wildscreen, releases new online education game to inspire the science superheroes of the future.

Team WILD, an elite squadron of science superheroes, needs your help! Your mission: to protect and conserve the planet’s species and habitats from destruction. Are you ready for the challenge?
The Team WILD game is a fun and unique way for students to discover the importance of a career in conservation and science – by turning scientists into superheroes.
From jungle to savanna, rainforest to coral reef, the Team WILD game will test students on their speed, skill and coordination. As they play, students will discover a diverse range of field tasks a conservation scientist or ecologist must do in order to protect the world’s species and habitats – from replanting native guapuruvu trees in the Atlantic forest of Brazil to evacuating non-infected mountain chickens (a frog) from Montserrat where populations are being decimated by the deadly chytrid fungus.
Richard Edwards, Chief Executive of Wildscreen, said: “We are always exploring new and innovative ways of reaching wider audiences, and Team WILD does just that – highlighting some of the lesser-known science careers and inspiring the next generation of science superheroes and environmental stewards. The game also celebrates the real conservation heroes – the scientists, researchers and conservationists working on the ground to protect the world’s species and habitats.”

By bringing the natural world to young people on the platforms in which they are most comfortable and familiar, Wildscreen hopes to entertain and educate the next generation of conservationists.
But the learning doesn’t stop there. Team WILD is also supported by curriculum-linked teaching resources, topic pages linked to the game content and discussion points, encouraging students and teachers to continue their learning journeys by exploring the topics touched upon in the game.
Find out more about Team WILD at: www.arkive.org/education/team-wild.

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Notes to editors:
For further information, or for an interview with Richard Edwards, Chief Executive of Wildscreen, please contact:

Liana Vitali, ARKive Education and Outreach Officer, USA
Telephone: 202-248-5066 Email: liana.vitali@wildscreenusa.org
For high resolution images, please contact: liana.vitali@wildscreenusa.org
About Wildscreen:

Wildscreen (www.wildscreen.org) is a charity working to promote a greater awareness of the world’s biodiversity and the conservation of nature, through the power of wildlife imagery. Wildscreen USA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is proud to be spearheading Wildscreen and ARKive initiatives in the United States.

Wildscreen brings together the world’s leading filmmakers and photographers, as well as conservationists, scientists, educators and members of the public from across the globe to inspire a greater interest in the world’s wildlife, raise awareness about the threats facing our planet’s biodiversity and encourage conservation of the natural world.

About ARKive:
A unique online collection of the very best films and photographs of the world’s wildlife, ARKive provides a stunning audio-visual record of life on Earth, freely accessible to all at www.arkive.org.

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About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura