Video Game Developed in Costa Rica to Protect Pink River Dolphin


A new video game has been developed in Costa Rica titled Apu, el espiritu del rio, or Apu, the Spirit of the River.  This game is designed to raise awareness about threats to river species in Latin America, including the manatee and the Amazon river dolphin.  These animals are threatened by illegal fishing and habitat loss; the pink dolphin population has decreased by ten percent due to illegal fishing in Brazil, where the animals are used as bait to catch catfish.  The video game takes players through the river as a pink dolphin that dodges fishhooks, nets, and boats, encouraging players to recognize the threats to these beautiful river animals.

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