Microsoft has donated $10,000 to the Sumatran Tiger Survival Program, thanks to Zoo Tycoon players who participated in the first-ever Zoo Tycoon Community Challenge, the company revealed in a blog post today. More than 10,000 players voted in the challenge to help real-world endangered species.
"In the monthly challenge, players vote for a non-profit organization they like, and when the challenge’s goal is reached, Microsoft donates $10,000 to the winning organization. The Sumatran Tiger Survival Program, run by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, works to help reduce the number of Sumatran Tigers killed, displaced or caught in snares," Microsoft explained.
The $10,000 raised by the community will be used to purchase more equipment to construct tiger-proofed enclosures and noise cannons to help push the tigers back into the forest. On top of that, the money will pay for staff travel costs to remote villages where human-tiger conflict is of most concern.
You can vote in the next community challenge by heading over to the Community page in the Zoo Tycoon game. You can pick various challenges, supporting Sumatran Elephants, Northern White Rhinos or Lesser Antillean Iguanas.