Google is getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit with a Google Doodle game designed to highlight the plight of the pangolin.
Pangolins are the most poached and trafficked mammal in the world and, as such, are an endangered species. Often referred to as “scaly anteaters,” the mammals, found in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, eat ants and termites with their long tongues and can curl into a ball to protect themselves using their overlapping scales.
The Doodle has been designed to raise awareness of the animals via a game about two long-distance pangolin lovers.
“Writing love letters to each other from far-off places, these pangolins know in their hearts they’re scaly soulmates,” explained Google in a blog post. “What better day to meet for their first date than the most romantic day of the year?”
As part of the game, one pangolin travels to various countries to learn about romantic gestures around the world. The first stop is in Ghana to learn how to make chocolate cake. In India, the pangolin learns to write music to woo his mate; in China, the pangolin learns to dance and in the Phillippines, the animal learns the art of flower arrangement.
The game is completed when all of the gifts are delivered to the fellow pangolin and, at the end it, your score can be shared with friends. It can also be played on mobile devices.
Google is encouraging people to learn more about the animals and help conserve them by visiting the World Wildlife Fund site.
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