Nickelodeon Wildlife Rescue (partially lost series of Nickelodeon flash games; 2000s)

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A screenshot of the only accessible game in the series, Australian Wildlife Rescue.

Status: Partially Lost

Screenshot of The Wild Thornberrys Africa Wildlife Rescue
Screenshot of Rugrats Go Wild Wildlife Rescue
Another screenshot from Rugrats Go Wild Wildlife Rescue

The Nickelodeon Wildlife Rescue games were a series of video games released by Nickelodeon throughout the early to mid 2000s. The concept of the series was that the player would act as a ranger working to rescue sick, endangered animals by bringing them to a compound and nursing them back to health by finding or buying them medicine, food, and water.

There were three games released in the series, all similar in gameplay. The first game, called The Wild Thornberrys Africa Wildlife Rescue was a flash game released based off of the eponymous cartoon and took place in the Serengeti of Africa. The second game, Rugrats Go Wild Wildlife Rescue was a flash game released in 2003 to promote the eponymous crossover film and took place in the South China Sea. The third game in the series, The Wild Thornberrys Australian Wildlife Rescue, was a downloadable game available for purchase through BigFish. The game was still downloadable through the BigFish website as recently as 2019, but has since been removed.[1]

The first two games in the series are entirely lost; they were removed from circa 2011[2]. Few screenshots can be found, and no gameplay footage seems to exist of either game. Australian Wildlife Rescue is still playable with unofficial copies, screenshots, and footage of the game available online. An article containing screenshots of the games was published in 2003 titled "Wildlife rescue as a framework for learning".[3] However, there is a link on Nick that is still active where one can access the .swf file of The Wild Thornberrys African Wildlife Rescue. An archived version is also available, but due to the internet requirements, it is seemingly unplayable as is.

Some of the animals included in the Rugrats version were:

  • Sun bear
  • Clouded leopard
  • Tapir
  • Kodomo dragon
  • Hawksbill turtle
  • Anteater
  • Warthog
  • Sumatran rhino
  • Baby orangutan
  • Baboon
  • Green Anaconda or Green Boa Constrictor
  • Iguana
  • Flamingo
  • Elephant
  • Barking deer
  • Grey heron or Great blue heron