It takes a green village to raise a green child, right?
OK, wait, scratch that image and take a moment to check out Xeko, an award-winning two-player trading-card game that teaches kids age 8 and older about endangered species and the world’s conservation hot spots to help stem global warming.
The Fremont-based Matter Group of Seattle first launched Xeko on Earth Day 2006 and has been designing new versions of the game ever since.
Today kids can choose from three editions — Madagascar, Costa Rica, and starting Sept. 1, Indonesia, featuring animal and plant species on colorful, engaging and, in many cases, dare I say, adorable cards, including a hairy-eared dwarf lemur, a strawberry tadpole and an aye-aye.
All of the hotspots in the game are recognized by Conservation International, which will accept 4 percent of Xeko net sales as a donation. These hotspots, 34 of them at present, contain 75 percent of the planet’s most threatened mammals, birds and amphibians while covering just 2.3 percent of the Earth’s surface, according to Xeko.