Turning Angry Birds into Happy Birds in the Pacific

The popular game app is teaming up with BirdLife International to save endangered bird populations.


Cook Island bird

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The Cook Islands in the South Pacific is home to some of the widest varieties of birds, but in the past couple of decades they have turned from happy birds into angry birds. A rat infestation is plaguing the islands, with rodents eating the eggs of these beautiful and precious species.
The situation has come to a head, and a team of three good doing forces have joined together to save the birds. In a partnership with the popular mobile game Angry Birds by Rovio, the nonprofit BirdLife International and crowdfunding site kriticalmass, awareness and funds are being raised to save over 45 species that are on the brink of extinction.
Angry Birds is one of the most popular apps on the market, with over two billion downloads and a series of spinoffs. In honor of the recently released Angry Birds Season Tropigal Paradise, gamers will be exposed to the story of the Pacific birds and offered the opportunity to lend their support. The crowdfunding campaign has a goal of raising $150,000 to restore islands in French Polynesia and long-term plans to target other areas across the Pacific in a bid to save the native bird populations. BirdLife International is heading up the efforts as the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, and is putting experts on the ground to make the area safe for birds to thrive.
With a mix of support and awareness, hopefully the angry birds of the Pacific will soon flourish into happy birds, with their eggs safe from harm and their natural environment intact.

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