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Current rates of species loss are estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate and the current conservation challenge we face is due to one single species – ours. Often we are inundated with pleas for donations, sponsorships and various other fundraising efforts in a bid to save the latest unsuspecting species. However a new children’s app is trying to target these issues from a different angle, bridging the gap between technology, conservation and education.
Virry is a unique app that enables children to interact and learn about wildlife through incredible real time video footage of animals. Currently users can watch and learn about Lions, Rhinos, Meerkats and Giraffe, with new animals joining later this month. The app is part of a new wave of conservation efforts that are allowing users to subconsciously combat real environmental issues by simply using their day to day electronics or social media accounts.
With children often spending an excessive amount of time on their phones and laptops playing angry birds and candy crush, comparably less time is spent outside engaging with nature, which can lead to kids being out of touch or uninterested in wildlife. Virry offers an antidote, a gaming alternative that encourages a passion for our planet’s wildlife.
The app has been uniquely designed in cooperation with digital specialists and psychologists to encourage the development of values such as empathy, sensitivity and environmental awareness in its users. British Actor Dominic West, is a big fan of the app, and said: “I spent all morning on Virry with my two boys and we love it. We fed a lion and watched a rhino live all from our living room sofa! It’s a safe, educational and utterly compelling way to learn about the animals we love. Get on it, it’s brilliant.”
According to psychologists, children are most receptive to learning key emotional skills such as empathy between the ages 3-8. The app is therefore targeted towards kids in their early ages as a means of creating a sustainable paradigm shift, changing how a generation views our earth’s environment. When a child or adult has grown up with an understanding and respect for animals they are much more likely to feel a sense of responsibility towards it throughout their lives. Virry’s aim is to teach children to appreciate animals through careful observation rather than through the bars of a cage.
We for one love the idea, does it come in adult size too?