Jungle all the Way

Posted at 3:08 pm December 8, 2010 by Matt Steele

Guest blogger Kellian Adams is the institutional mastermind for SCVNGR.

Note: Anyone can play our Jungle Bells scavenger hunt, but we recommend playing with the SCVNGR mobile phone app!

I love my job, and I especially love it when I get to work with great organizations like the San Diego Zoo and fun events like Jungle Bells, taking place December 11 to January 2.  I work as the “institutional mastermind” (ie: museums specialist) for a very cool mobile gaming company called SCVNGR.

SCVNGR isn’t a game like a casino or a board game or video game; SCVNGR is a game that you have to BE at a location in order to play. For instance, if you wanted to play the Jungle Bells Trek at the San Diego Zoo, would you play from a console or a computer? No way! You want to be at the San Diego Zoo! So how do you play a high-tech game while exploring the  Zoo? From your cell phone, of course!

The Jungle Bells trek asks you to find five bells placed throughout the Zoo. Complete the picture challenges on the bells and post them on the Zoo’s Facebook or twitter to be entered to win a Backstage Pass for four people. Where are these bells? You can find them the old-fashioned way, or you can open up your phone to make it easier and more fun!

You can play the Jungle Bells adventure either via app or via text. To get started with your iPhone or Android, just download the free SCVNGR app and go to TREKS to find the Jungle Bells trek. Read the clues to get started, answer challenges, post pictures, and earn points. You can also earn the special Jungle Bells badge and leave hints and messages for other people playing. No worries if you don’t have a smartphone: you can play the Jungle Bells trek via text. Just text the message JUNGLEBELLS to 728647 to receive your first hint and start playing.

So enjoy a very happy holiday season, and have fun playing the Jungle Bells Trek on SCVNGR at the beautiful San Diego Zoo!

Kellian Adams

Note: Check out everything else we have going on in social media for Jungle Bells, like our photo contest and check-in specials, on the Jungle Bells community page.

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