Charisma, Intelligence, Longevity, Solitude – these are words that describe characteristics of several species included in the new WWF IPad application.

Not to be confused with the World Wrestling Federation, the WWF charity – World Wildlife Fund – has released an app that illustrates the charisma of the panda, the intelligence of the elephant, the longevity of the marine turtle, and the solitude experienced by the tiger.

The introductory video provides tantalizing facts that make you want to learn more. So what does eat 26-83 pounds of bamboo a day? The video tells you, but for more information you will want to get the free interactive application from the Apple App Store. It runs on the iPad iOS 5.0 or higher.

Users can touch a selection and learn about each animal

Users can touch a selection and learn about each animal

An unusual addition to the app are the origami animals to print out and fold. The WWF app offers a two-for-one idea where you can find out more about the animal as well as learn an ancient Japanese art form at the same time. There are twelve origami, paper folding, animals to assemble. Included instructions designate whether the form is simple, intermediate, or complex ranging from turtle to bison to gorilla.

You can ?adopt? an animal and receive a stuffed animal replica of your choice. Of course, you can simply donate to the cause of saving endangered species. For every dollar donated, 84 cents goes towards conservation. The charity receives a three out of four star designation from Charity Navigator. The group works to stop poaching, conserve habitat, and educate communities where wild animals reside along side humans.

Difficult economic times have led to an increase in poaching. Animals are killed for the price their skins, tusks, bones, and ivory can bring on the black market. Today’s profits ignore the priceless, irreplaceable animals that future generations will only see as stuffed specimens in a natural history museum.

Tigers are killed for their skins and for their bones used in Chinese medicine

Tigers are killed for their skins and for their bones used in Chinese medicine

The WWF app is a means of making people aware of the organization’s work by constantly updated stories. Music adds to the entertainment quality of the product. WWF also offer a virtual catalog where your purchase of watches, pajama pants, earrings, hooded sweatshirts, beach towels, and of course tee shirts, benefit the animals. The WWF logo is a nice addition to your baseball cap collection.

The WWF logo is a nice addition to your baseball cap collection

The WWF logo is a nice addition to your baseball cap collection

Over all, the WWF app is a great way for parents to share information and fun with their children. And it’s free in the app store.