Google’s Valentine’s Day doodle is bound to raise awareness regarding endangered pangolins. This species is currently threatened with extinction. Based on the data revealed by the Worldwide Wildlife Foundation, pangolins are the most-trafficked mammals worldwide. The scaly creature is in high demand for their scales and meat. Unfortunately, more than one million such animals are taken from their environment, being used in medicine and fashion.
The doodle employed by Google to celebrate Valentine’s Day features two cute pangolins, one of them id purple and the other one is pink, and they are madly in love with each other. They are writing and reading romantic letters to each other. If you click the doodle, it will open to become an interactive video game.
You will need to use your keyboard to steer the jumping pangolin. Experts claim that this doodle is one of the most detailed ones. The team was formed by six engineers and animators who worked on the development of this doodle for more than a year. Helene Leroux, the head artist of the Doodle, stated during an interview that this endangered species deserved their attention, trying to raise people’s awareness regarding this problem.
She also argued that they were perfect for their Valentine’s Day idea because the two pangolins needed to meet since they are listed as endangered. That is why they used this animal to create a funny and cute doodle for Google.
Specialists noted that there are eight pangolins species in the world. Four of them live in Africa, and the other four species live in Asia. More than 80% of pangolins’ population has been destroyed by poachers in Asia. Two out of all eight species are critically endangered. Back in 2016, more than 180 governments have signed a treaty which announced their agreement meant to put an end to all these illegal trades of pangolins.
They also agreed to make efforts to protect this mammal. Nevertheless, governments do not seems to have been taken action yet. Illegal trades are still happening. The Worldwide Wildlife Foundation is leading the charge, being bound to protect endangered pangolins. They are prone to use thermal imagery to spot poachers and monitor them within the habitats of this species. This plan was made possible due to a grant they obtained from Google.org.
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