PETALING JAYA: In an attempt to raise awareness of biodiversity issues, two Malaysians have created a card game centred around Malaysian wildlife.
Called Rimba, the game aims to cultivate a love for the country's natural heritage using gamification, experiential learning and group social interaction.
An acronym of Reptilia (reptiles), Ikan (fish), Mamalia (mammals), Burung (birds) and Amfibia (amphibians), Rimba has four play modes where users learn about 30 animals such as the Malayan Tiger, Malayan Tapir, Sunda Pangolin and Whale Shark.
The game was created by Nisha Firdaus and Loo Lymun, the directors of Ecocentric Transitions Sdn Bhd, a social enterprise that is dedicated to environmental education and action.
"Biodiversity education and awareness is low in Malaysia, with many sadly unaware of the numerous species of plants and animals that Malaysia is home to.
"We hope more community organisations and schools will use Rimba, a fun, engaging and memorable educational tool.
"It is a way to school young minds today to become well-rounded, socially and environmentally conscious and conscientious future leaders of tomorrow," said Nisha.
To date, Rimba is being played at classrooms for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education content and Orang Asli communities among others.
"Climate change and pollution news have made headlines in media all year round. Closer to home, we are experiencing the transboundary haze – a near-annual crisis that blurs the line between politics, economics, the environment and social wellbeing.
"Amidst this, there is another major environmental disaster that needs a greater level of awareness: the loss of biodiversity. Essential for current and future generations, we are losing biodiversity to human activities at an alarming rate," added Nisha.
Besides learning about biodiversity, Nisha said Rimba was created so that Malaysians would also learn about deforestation, poaching, species loss and other issues.
Find out more about Rimba by visiting www.facebook.com/rimbathecardgame or Instagram at @rimbathecardgame.
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