Most Google web browser users must have already seen the latest doodle. But what they may not know is that it features pangolins. An endangered species, Google’s Valentine’s Day doodle took quite a conservationist turn.
For a few years now, Google web browser users have gotten quite used to seeing Google doodles. Released on special occasions, the browser did not fail to deliver a Valentine Day’s one. But this one is perhaps even more special than it may seem.
Does it deliver romance, love, and a cute story? Yes. But it also presents pangolins. The Valentine’s Day doodle was released on early Monday morning. And it includes an interactive video game.
According to its developers, it is one of the most in-depth doodles. Its development reportedly took almost a year. And it is the work of 6 people. This team included both engineers and animators.
In developing this doodle, Google also drew attention to pangolins. These are scaly mammals, native to the African and Asian continents. The species are nocturnal, mostly solitary animals.
Presently, there are about 8 known pangolin species. And they are the world’s most trafficked mammal. This is one of the facts pointed out by the Google Doodle. And also its status as most poached mammal. Out of the 8 species, 4 are listed as vulnerable.
From the remaining 4 species, 2 are considered endangered. And the last two are listed as critically endangered. Pangolins are most threatened by human-related activities. They are greatly affected by mass deforestations.
And are also quite threatened by hunting. Usually, they are targeted for either their meat or scales. Pangolins are covered in large, protective scales. And they are the only mammals to present such an element.
The Valentine’s Day Google Doodle also includes a link. Upon clicking it, the user gets redirected to the World Wildlife Fund page. This latter invites people to donate. Its main purpose? To protect and preserve the pangolins.
Helene Leroux released a statement on the matter. She is the Google Doodle Head Artists. And according to her, the pangolins had to meet. Especially as they are endangered.
And what could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day than two endangered animals finding love? This were some of the doodle developers’ ideas. According to Leroux, it was a perfect time for the occasion.
She also explained as follows. This conservationist approach was quite unplanned. Initially, the developers were looking for an animal that can roll. So the first choice was armadillos. But the team was looking for a more global approach. Which led to the pangolins.
Additional research then revealed the pangolin’s endangered existence. And probably led to the decision to include the link towards a protection site.
As it is, the fact itself still stands. By using the pangolins as their doodle protagonists, Google is already helping draw attention to the species. Especially as some users may not have known that they are an endangered and even critically so species.
The pangolin-featuring doodle can be accessed across all devices. It has both a PC variant. And Android and iOS ones. The interactive doodle game is a side-scroller. Its mission? You have to help the pangolin woo their lover.
Structured on multiple levels, it will have the pangolin traveling through 4 different countries. And in its mission, it will also be collecting various elements. This should help increase the romance.
For example, the user will be collecting flowers. Which can turn into a bouquet. And on another level, they will see music notes. Which can be used to write a song.
The interactive doodle game can be seen as a relaxing activity. And at the same time, it may help draw attention to a global conservationist effort.
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