Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief – RockYou and the Zoo World Community Band Together

Japan Relief Green Pheasant in Zoo World

Green Pheasant (Available in the Zoo World Shop; click to visit your Zoo)

Last week, an earthquake of unprecedented size struck off the coast of the Sendai region of Japan. So far, the 9.0 quake and ensuing tsunami have left billions in damage, hundreds of thousands homeless, and even fears of a nuclear incident at a damaged power plant.

The Zoo World community has expressed an outpouring of emotion for our Japanese friends and ZooMates, and we at RockYou are working to help channel that into a new fundraiser for the relief effort.

Starting today, the Zoo World Shop includes a new $1.99 Ultra Rare animal: the Green Pheasant, the national bird of Japan. Similar to the Australian Relief Flood Kangaroo from two months ago, the Green Pheasant directly supports ongoing disaster relief in Japan. RockYou will donate 100% of proceeds raised by the Green Pheasant to the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

To purchase one, visit the Zoo World Shop, located in-game at http://apps.facebook.com/playzoo/zoo/home.php.

The sale will run from today, March 16th, until Thursday, March 24th at 11:59pm PST.

More Ways to Help

For more information on the Red Cross’ response to the Japan Earthquake, and for more ways to help, visit the American Red Cross website. American Zookeepers can also donate directly, and there are local charities all over the world providing further assistance to the earthquake and tsunami victims.

For more discussion on ways to help with other Zoo World players, or simply to express your thoughts and prayers for the victims, please visit the Ongoing discussion in our Zoo World forums.

10 responses to “Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief – RockYou and the Zoo World Community Band Together

  1. My daughter and her husband are stationed in Japan with my two grandsons, I pray for them daily…they were moved to higher ground…on the first day…they have since been moved back into their home…

  2. Thank you very much zoo world for doing this, I have many friends in Japan, one who is like a brother to me, I heard from him but as of right now, I still have two friends who are unaccounted for, I am praying for news every day, but they were in the epicenter.
    I am thankful for all the ZW community who are coiming out to show there humanity, & donate to these poor people

  3. Terri shoesmith

    This is great,
    a fantastic effort to get some real help to the poor people in Japan.
    I am confused as to why you could not do the same for New Zealand.
    It is not too late to help them too.. Please consider this they need help too.
    How about The Moa, This amazing creature is now extinct, which happened sometime around the 1800s. It was a very large, flightless bird. They inhabited the North Island of New Zealand.

    This moa stood 2.5 metres tall, had a long neck and a large triangular beak. The average weight of this huge bird would have been around 110kg, but research has predicted that some of the birds could have weighed up to 200 kg. This herbivore fed on seeds and fruit.

    Did you know? The dinornis does not show any trace of ever having wings.

    This makes the bird very unique, as flightless birds usually have very small wing or wishbones to show that at some point they had able wings.

    Did you know? Moa eggs have been found at prehistoric Maori camps where they were thought to have been cooked and eaten.

    Did you know? The dinornis ate stones to aid in the digestion process.

    This bird is a moa. A moa is described as giant flightless bird. Within the dinornis family of moas, there is the dinornis giganteus (Giant Moa), dinornis novaezealandiae (Large Bush Moa) and the dinornis struthoides (Slender Bush Moa). Another species is also known, the dinornis maximus (Giant Moa) which were said to have lived on the South Island of New Zealand. There is no concrete evidence that the dinornis maximus and the dinornis giganteus are in fact the same species.

    A British palaeontologist name the species after being sent a box of bones from a missionary. The name dinornis maximus translates to: dinornis (surprised or terrible bird) and maximus (giant).

    The dinornis became extinct due to hunting by humans, and predatory animals such as the largest eagle that ever lived, the Haast Eagle (Harpagornis moorei) which is also now extinct.

  4. Rebecca Banner

    I wondered if you’d do one of these. Yeay. I would’ve liked to have seen the animals from the BP oil spill helped by you. It’s a tragedy that affected animals closer to home. Well for me anyway living in the US.

  5. Thank you for adding this animal with benefits going to the people of Japan. I have found an error in the billing through PayPal .. you list the pheasant as 1.98 each, and I purchased two of them for my zoo. When I received the confirming email from PayPal, though, it shows my account was billed a total of 1.98 for the two birds. I am wondering if this was an isolated event or if all the pheasants purchased have been sold at half price through an error, which is depriving the benefit of half the money we intended it to get. We all love to get a bargain, but in this case, I think the majority of us would like to have the correct amount deducted from our accounts.

  6. Thank you for adding the Pheasant for Japan. One thing that would make it better – have a pop-up box, letting people know about the fund raiser!!

  7. I agree with Terri… what happened to New Zealand? I am very happy that ZW is doing its part to help the stricken people in Japan, but you should also have a fundraiser to help those in New Zealand that are still struggling as well. We can’t just pick and choose disasters to send help to; we should help everyone.

  8. Since when did four days start on the 16th and run through the 24th? That is eight days. Will they be on sale for four days, or eight days?

  9. Nice how quickly RY has stepped up to help Japan, but us here in little New Zealand are left out of the picture.
    Supporting Japan is definitely a good cause, and I jumped at the chance to support Australia… But share the love RY!

    It seems Australia’s flooding and Japan’s earthquake/tsunami are far more important to RY than an earthquake in New Zealand. I know we’re a small country, and the devastation is small (size-wise) compared with Japan and Australia, but this is the largest natural disaster that NZ has faced. Doesn’t it make sense that it would be even more of a worthy cause for RY to support?

    Is anyone from RY going to explain why NZ was left out? I’m very disappointed.

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