The Tumucumaque Virtual Park is launched

This is a initiative of Mozilla with the World Wildlife Fund to support conservation efforts in Brazil. Mozilla is working on the Mozilla Parks Project with the objective to improve the internet environment using the various wisdom of natural environment as the hint by comparing the natural environment and the internet environment. A fun and interactive way on the Internet to showcase the biodiversity in Tumucumaque park.

The Tumucumaque National Park (too-moo-koo-MAH-kay) is situated in northwestern Brazil inside the Amazon Rainforest state of Amapá. It’s bordered to the north by French Guyana and Suriname. It was declared a national park on August 23, 2002, with the collaboration of Brazil”s government and the WWF.

It has an area of 38,874 square kilometres (15,010 sq mi), making it the world”s largest tropical forest national park and larger than Belgium. This area even reaches 59,174 square kilometres (22,850 sq mi) when putting the Tumucumaque National Park together with the bordering Guiana Amazonian Park, a national park in French Guiana. However, this is still smaller than the three national park system in the Brazil/Venezuelan border, where the Parima-Tapirapeco, Serrania de la Neblina and Serra da Neblina national parks have a combined area of over 73,000 square kilometres (28,190 sq mi). It is an uninhabited region and is of high ecological value: Most of its animal species, mainly fish and aquatic birds, are not found in any other place in the world. It is a habitat for jaguars, primates, aquatic turtles, eagles, the rare agouti, macaws, white-bellied parrots, harpy eagles, giant anteaters and also Amazonian cats and pumas.

Mozilla Firefox has code-named the new beta (Firefox 4) Tumucumaque.

In the virtual park, tweets with the #mozpark tag take root and create the base of the park. As they are clicked on, trees, animals and water appear on the tweet. Click on one of the many animated animals in the park and see images of some of the inhabitants of Tumucumaque.
The virtual park was built by the Mozilla Japan team, in particular, Daisuke Akatsuka, who used new HTML, Javascript and CSS technologies that are supported in Firefox 4. Daisuke will be posting on the Hacks blog about the technologies involved in the park and there is more on the site at http://virtualpark.mozilla.org/docs/tech/index.php.en

As a supporter of World Wildlife Fund and Firefox we all are excited to see this component of the Tumucumaque campaign launch. The Parks program has been very helpful in terms of raising awareness of our not-for-profit status and allowing us to do good for other charities at the same time.

For your sharing pleasure:
Virtual Parkhttp://www.mzl.la/mozpark
Twitter tag – #mozpark

Thank you to David and Chelsea to sharing the information in the Mozilla Marketing Community List. You can join the list: https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/marketing

Mashkawat Ahsan

Mozilla Reps mentor, Mozillian, Tech activist, wikipedian, internet marketer, blogger, art lover.

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