Endangered animals are the latest things to become NFTs


Three of the non-fungible animals available for purchase from the World Wildlife Fund.

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund launched a line of NFTs called “non-fungible animals,” or NFAs, this week.

Digital art of 13 endangered animals has been created, and each NFA is limited to that species’ population. That means there are about 1,800 Giant panda NFAs available, and about 380 Riverine rabbit NFAs available. Other animals include the Amur tiger, Baltic porpoise and the Mountain gorilla. 

The WWF said proceeds from each NFA goes towards conservation efforts for endangered species, “whether it is for the preservation of their habitat, the creation of new protected areas or for the fight against poaching and overfishing.” So far, the WWF has raised about €244,899 ($280,000) through the sale of NFAs.

Non-fungible tokens have come under fire in the past for their environmental impact. The WWF said its NFAs are on the environmentally friendly Polygon blockchain.

You can purchase an NFA from the WWF by using a cryptocurrency tied to the US dollar called USD coin. The cost of the NFAs also never fluctuates since they are tied to USD coin, according to the WWF.

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