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What is WolfQuest?
WolfQuest is an immersive, 3D wildlife simulation game that lets players learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Players play alone or with up to four friends in on-line multiplayer games. In Episode 1: Amethyst Mountain, players explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in a quest to find a mate. Episode 2: Slough Creek challenges players to find a den, establish a territory, raise pups and defend them from predators such as coyotes, grizzly bears and other stranger wolves.
Since its launch in late 2007, WolfQuest has received a number of awards including an Education Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums, and the Editor's Choice Award by Children's Technology Review. It was also selected by the National Science Foundation to present at the 2009 Senate Education Technology Showcase in Washington D.C. WolfQuest has been downloaded by well over 500,000 people in over 200 countries. The online community forum currently has 300,000 registered users who have made over 1.5 million posts.
In 2009, a comprehensive summative evaluation run by the Institute for Learning Innovation showed that player interest in, connection to, and knowledge about wolves increased significantly after playing WolfQuest. Throughout the evaluation, WolfQuest was shown to be highly effective in achieving its goals and providing a rich and rewarding learning experience for the players. The Minnesota Zoo leads a national network of zoos and science education centers that promote WolfQuest through their websites including the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, Yellowstone National Park, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C. Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, the Toronto Zoo, the California Wolf Center, the Knoxville Zoo, the Rosamond Gifford Park Zoo in New York, the Phoenix Zoo and the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center in Missouri.
WolfQuest is made possible through grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) with local support provided by Best Buy Children's Foundation, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the ADC Foundation.
Future of WolfQuest
In December 2012, Cana (WQ Coordinator) announced on the official forum major changes with the WolfQuest project. While it has lasted five years to teach the world about wolves, sadly it is coming to a close unless Eduweb can manage to find a way to further the development of WQ and keep it alive. As of January 2013, the forum will remain online until mid-2014 indefinitely until the annual domain payment to the website's host runs out. When this happens, the website will go offline and multiplayer will no longer be playable since multiplayer and the forums are tied to the same database where all users' accounts are stored.
To help keep the website up and multiplayer accessible, clicking advertisements on the WolfQuest website will help generate revenue. This action means Google gives the WolfQuest Team some money that goes towards site upkeep (and therefore multiplayer upkeep!) which allows the site to continue indefinitely if sufficient funds are met.
As of January 2013, it is no longer possible to donate via the WQ store. The WolfQuest Store now stocks limited items; once these have sold out, there will be nothing more to replace them once stocks have sold out. It helps to click advertisements once a day (as this is the limit per member per day) to send the team some money which really does help keep the user database online which in itself shows support for the WQ project. Ads on the WQ website are safe, and it costs the viewer nothing to click them.
Currently, Eduweb is willing to further the project if they can meet the funding required to fulfil any development for the game. It's possible that -- with time and patience -- the WolfQuest Team may yet be able to resume development, though it is currently a small hope at best that there is still a future for WolfQuest to continue howling its success. Kristie is the active Project Coordinator. Rikkuzilla is the remaining voluntary administrator.