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This weekend, take a break from all the spring showers and blooming flowers with the Second Life Destination Guide. Rescue elephants from evil ferrets, don the ruffles of European nobility, or dodge wart-covered monsters in claustrophobic, dripping caves. Start your springtime adventures below!

Free Wilma is an interactive adventure game on Escapades Island. This whimsical point-and-click journey takes players on an anarchic quest to save Wilma, an elephant held hostage by the dastardly Modsno the ferret.  

Free Wilma

Prepare to embark on an interactive adventure game at Escapades Island, a place of childhood dreams and mayhem. The play scenes of this point-and-click game will immerse you into the world of an anarchic fantasy story. Solve a series of little quests to finally save the elephant Wilma, held hostage by the biggest mouse ever: Modsno the ferret.

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Shadewyck is a region that delights in gloom. Delve through dark tunnels, dank forests, and moonlit mountains under the fiery eye of a jealous dragon. In a land of wart-encrusted goblins, towering ogres, and skulking kobolds, who will claim the deepest shadows?

Shadewyck

Ruled by a dragon lord, Shadewyck is a realm of darkness and shadow. Shadewyck is a land where dark fae, goblins, orcs, ogres and other nightmarish creatures lurk through forest and caverns. Come hang out at this freeform fantasy role-play region.

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Eclectica is an enchanting world with a mix of forested wilderness and hidden relaxation spots. This land was lovingly crafted to be perfect for wandering, photography, or just taking in the sights. So come visit this living, beautiful world.   

Eclectica

Wind your way through this enchanting region with an eclectic blend of forestry, fantasy, folklore, whimsy, and magical exploration. Enjoy wonderful photo opportunities amongst the ruins, hidden caves, lovers spots, and romantic meadows of Eclectica.

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A bright land of pastels and cheer, 2015 Easter Town is back again for more springtime goodness. Celebrate the greenest season with egg hunts, dances, gacha fun, races, rabbit ears, and giant candy eggs. Easter Town is only around for a limited time each year, so don’t wait.

2015 Easter Town

Welcome to the 6th annual Easter Town event. You can do everything, from race marshmallow peeps, drive carrot cars, dance the bunny hop, ride egg boats, hunt for Easter eggs, enjoy hot air balloons, and even take pictures with the Easter Bunny. There's also an egg decorating contest with a L$ 7,000 prize. Enjoy of fun activities and shopping at Easter Town 2015.

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Few time periods did decadence like the 18th century, and Corona offers a chance to experience the pampered life of the royalty of yore. Rococo, gold leaf, and cavorting cherubs? Palace-sized gardens and lavish masquerades? All that glitters really is gold in this royal roleplay region.

Corona

In Corona, you are royalty and everything else is at your service. Experience the glamorous life of 18th century monarchy. Walk through idyllic gardens, enjoy soothing fountains, watch opera premieres at the royal theater, take in tea at the greenhouse, waltz through the grand ballroom, and more. Become royalty at Corona.

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Contribute to the vibrant Second Life we know and love and show off your new springtime builds! Or show your latest looks on the official Second Life Flickr Page. Until next time, enjoy the fruits of the virtual world!

Last month, we blogged about some of the projects we’re working on to improve Second Life, and today, we’re happy to share that one of those changes has become a part of the default Second Life Viewer: hover height adjustments.

As a reminder, here’s what this change means (quoted from our previous post):

 

One of the surprisingly difficult things to do in a virtual world is to make things come to rest in a natural-looking way. Keeping feet on the ground when standing and the right body parts on furniture seems obvious, but getting an avatar to "just touch" without either floating above or penetrating into the adjacent surface can be computationally quite expensive. To avoid some of that expense, Second Life has always used approximations, which rely on some simplifying assumptions about the avatar shape and size. Those assumptions are adjusted by a number of factors including several of your shape parameter choices, values included in attachments you are wearing, and active animations.

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As we've all seen, sometimes these things combine to leave you floating above or sinking into the surface on which intuitively you should be resting. This is because the adjustments come from many sources and sometime interact in unexpected ways. Because they have not always been applied in exactly the same order, even if you wear the same set of attachments in the same setting you could sometimes get different results.

This Viewer, and some accompanying server changes, improve things in two ways: the order in which we make adjustments to your vertical position has been made more stable -- combining the same set of attachments and animations should now always produce the same vertical offset: even if it's not perfect, it will at least be predictable. Because it can't always be perfect, we've also introduced a new final adjustment that is directly under your control: a new avatar right-click selection allows you to tweak your vertical position. This final adjustment is shared with everyone around you so that they too will see you correctly, and is saved locally by your viewer so that it persists between sessions. This new feature was inspired by a proposal from the Firestorm viewer team, and they've been helping with testing it.

This new feature is now available to everyone as part of the default Second Life Viewer. Update to the latest version and start enjoying this improvement today!

The Second Life Destination Guide is packed full of events and limited-time experiences. This week’s haul includes tidal flats, charity fashion worlds, hunts, and chat hangouts. Dive in to new experiences below!

Fashion for Life makes a triumphant return to Second Life! Come see nine regions of the hottest designers, gorgeous fashions, the best modeling agencies, and dazzling entertainment in support of American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Find that new avatar look while donating to a great cause.

Fashion for Life

Fashion for Life is part of the annual Relay for Life, in aid of the American Cancer Society. Come and see nine regions packed with the very best Second Life has to offer, the best designers, the top model agencies, the hottest trends, and the most amazing places you'll see! Fashion for Life runs from March 21st through the 29th.

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The Trace provides a new take on the whole beach scene. Perfect for photography and bloggers, enjoy bright sun, soothing water, and long, sandy tidal flats in this perfectly calming, sun-kissed region. 

The Trace

Come enjoy the quiet solitude of the Trace, no matter the season. The soothing beach provides paths, seaside sights, houses, props, and more. Come see serenity at it's best.

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Welcome to Rocket City, a fun and friendly furry community nestled in a fantastic forest. Flit and flutter through a fabulously famous land of foxes, fur, flowerbeds, friends, weekly events, and possibly even philosophy. This family-friendly region is, quite frankly, fun.

Rocket City

Rocket City is a fun and friendly PG furry community. This beautifully-wooded region offers weekly events, activities, or places to just relax and unwind. So what are you waiting for, come on in!

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Sparkys is an oddly whimsical, monochromatic region. This installation by Romy Nayar follows the story of a person living in a world of shadows and grey. This person has an idea, an idea he’s turned into an invention. A world-changing invention he calls “color.”

Sparkys by Romy Nayar

Welcome to Sparkys by Romy Nayar. The esteemed Doctor Nutty has discovered, thanks to the dear Sparkys, a substance that produces this new thing called "color." Join the residents as they experience the joy of this bright new substance.

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Every spring, Aero Pines throws an Easter-themed hunt to celebrate the holiday. The seventh annual Eggapalooza Spring Hunt covers four regions and offers hundreds of prizes. Start spring with a bang at Eggapalooza!

EggaPalooza Spring Hunt

It's Eggapalooza! The 7th Annual EggaPalooza Spring Hunt at Aero Pines Park spans 4 regions. Hike, bike, ride, or drive to find hundreds of gift eggs hidden in plain sight. Great fun for groups, families, explorers, and avid hunters. The event runs from March 1st through May 31st.

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If you have an event or region you’re particularly proud of, send it in and share it with Second Life. Or check out what your fellow Residents are up to over at the official Second Life Flickr page. See you inworld!

The 8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) Conference focuses on education in immersive virtual environments like Second Life. Driven by educators and for educators, this open conferences looks closely at the ways in which virtual world platforms can be leveraged in classrooms, universities, and other learning applications.

Last year’s event drew a global audience representing 45 different countries and consisted of 80 presentations over a three day period.

This year, Ebbe Altberg - CEO of Linden Lab -  will address Virtual Education in Second Life & in the Future in his opening Keynote at the SL-Main Auditorium starting at 1 PM SLT.

Plan your schedule ahead of time by visiting the VWBPE website. There will be a Pre-Show and staff available starting at 10 AM SLT to help answer your questions prior to the conference. Drop by the VWBPE Gateway Coffee Shop/Patio for information, swag, and details on the event scavenger hunt.

Don’t miss out - register for this conference, sync your calendars, and prepare to learn something new.

If you can't make it inworld, much of the content will be streamed live here.

 

It’s time to share a sample platter of all of the weird and wonderful regions in the Second Life Destination Guide. Evil apples, dilapidated islands, pulsing bass, and a whole lot more await Residents looking to experience some new and exciting places in Second Life.

Snow White, Eve, Athena and the Trojan War… Apples don’t always lead to a happy story. This installation by Rebecca Bashly explores various myths, legends, and fairytales to show apples as symbols of the darkness hiding behind something sweet and innocuous.

When Life Gives You Apples... Run

Looking at various myths, legends and fairy tales, apple seems to be pretty unfortunate for women... Rebeca Bashly takes the lead at LEA 6 for the final round of the LEA full-sim art series, as curated by Jayjay Zifanwe.

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A gorgeously grimy, tumbledown region, Ruins delights in the decrepit. In this new creation by Cica Ghost, wander through an island of skeletal brick pillars under grey skies, flat water, and the wrathful eyes of crows. Embrace decrepitude in Ruins.

Ruins

Only blackbirds and wildflowers remain to inhabit the ruins of this once-active city. Explore this beautiful and decrepit locale of collapsed brick edifices. What deserted worlds will be revealed?

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A steampunk ode to Jules Verne, Sargasso Sealab offers undersea exploration, roleplay, and a gas-lit lab full of brassy Victorian goodness. Take the underwater elevator down for weekly roleplay sessions, or just enjoy the watery region as a human or mer.

Sargasso SeaLab

Take a journey to the mysterious Sargasso Sealab, an adventurous locale in homage to Jules Verne. Arrive by a sea-elevator deep in the Bermuda triangle, hunt for treasure, rare fish, meet the mysterious merfolk, or explore the station itself. Enjoy exploring the station, even join the weekly episodic role-play group if you'd like.

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A fantastical re-imagining of Italy, Tudor is a lush romantic land. Soft, warm pastel lighting, gorgeous foliage, flowering trees, and  loads of spots for cuddling … explore Tudor with a friend or loved one for maximum enjoyment.  

Tudor

Tudor is a beautiful place to hang out and cuddle with loved ones, or just chill and relax. Feel free to explore and take pictures of this wonderful location. Please, have respect for others.

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Pulsing beats, acid skulls, and multiple levels make Hardbass a wild club. This electronic venue pours out the bass in a wide variety of genres, all of them hard. Visit for live-streaming DJs and stay for the vibe - just make sure to get yourself to Hardbass.

Hardbass

Alright Second Life, if you want and love hard bass, Hardbass is your place. They play a ton of electronic genres, they've got live DJ's and more at this club. All are welcome.

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Second Life is perfect for showing off lasting virtual creations, so polish up those destinations and share them with us! Even if you’re sharing something as simple as a new hairstyle on the Flickr page, the virtual world runs on your creativity. Spread it around!

Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 3/6/2015

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Once again, it’s time to show off a small selection of the many and varied regions in the Second Life Destination Guide. With charities, holidays, pubs, and more, this weekend’s a great time to experience some the fun things available in Second Life.

It’s time for the official Relay for Life of Second Life’s Kickoff Celebration! The start of 2015’s fundraising season is packed with ceremonies, live musical performances, DJ’s, a bring-your-own-kiosk party, and good times all around. Be sure to visit http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ to learn more.

Delve into a bewildering Escher-inspired landscape in Metamorphosis Exhibition. Designed to inspire visitors to create 2D objects in 3D spaces, and this installation boasts a myriad of cubes, arches, staircase mazes, kaleidoscopic villages, and interconnecting animals.

Metamorphosis Exhibition

Metamorphosis is full-region art installation inspired by Esher's Reptiles and Altrani, Amalfi coast artwork. Created by Relay for Life and Fantasy Faire builder Beq Janus. Take a journey through the eyes of Escher and reflect on how Second Life inspires people to transform the 2D into 3D.

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If a dystopian future ruled by evil corporations is on your role-play wishlist, Era of Salvation is a place you won't want to miss. Taking place in the year 2082, enter the neon-lit darkness of Metroplex 17 as you make your way through a dark world of mega corporations and augmented humanity.

Era of Salvation

Era of Salvation takes place in the gritty, futuristic, neon-lit mega-city known as Metroplex 17. Taking place in the year 2082, enter a world of mega-corporations and augmented humanity. EoS is an immersive environment for role-players to weave their own intricate stories in a completely original and amazing atmosphere.

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The Guy Fawkes Inn is everything you’re looking for in a British pub and nightclub. Take time out from a busy day to chat with friends, dance, and enjoy a pint (or two). Just be sure to stand your round, huh?

The Guy Fawkes Inn

The Guy Fawkes Inn is a British-inspired pub and nightclub, built by British Residents for an authentic experience. Set in the Britannia sim, the Guy Fawkes Inn is inspired by the London historical icon Guy Fawkes. Enjoy a beer at the bar, a dance in the club, or a beer in the sun out by the pond!

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early at 2015 St. Patrick Day’s Town! This yearly build returns with rainbows, brimming pots of gold, dancing, food, gifts, and a whole lot of green. So dance a jig and join the festivities today.

2015 St. Patrick's Day Town

The all-out festive atmosphere of St. Patrick's Day Town will blow through your senses like a virtual Irish breeze. Ride on flying gold coins, dance a jig with leprechauns, drink green beer, sing along with friends at the piano, and fill your basket with everything Irish. The most colorful party is waiting for you, so follow the rainbow to St. Patrick's Day Town.

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As great as these destinations are, we always love seeing what you do next. So share your creations! Or show off that new look in the official Second Life Flickr page.

This episode of the Drax Files: World Makers focuses on the “perfectly imperfect” perspective of Nylon Pinkney. Nylon Pinkney is the owner of the virtual clothing and accessories store Nylon Outfitters - a brand that Drew Carey has mentioned as a favorite - and even had a hand in designing some of the original starter avatars in Second Life.

As a wedding photographer who deals with challenging clients in her offline career, Nylon enjoys expressing her whimsical artistic side in Second Life - applying her skills t o her brands as well as her region - Tableau. Check out Tableau for what Nylon describes as a “bombed out southwestern desert” from a Jersey girl’s point-of-view.

Watch the video below for the full story on how working in Second Life has helped her to grow as artist, how it has uncovered some interesting niche communities, and more of Nylon Pinkney’s distinctive sense of Second Life style.

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below:

 

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 23: Meshworx - Ioz Hyde
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe

 

It’s time again to show off a few of the newest experiences and intricate locations in the Second Life Destination Guide. Make time to immerse yourself in the great destinations below.

Relay for Life of Second Life is back with the Paint Second Life Purple fundraiser. Paint Second Life Purple asks people to do just that: paint selves, clothing, homes, landscapes, and pretty much everything else purple. The event lasts through March 7th, visit www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.com to learn more.

Paint Second Life Purple

It is time to paint the grid purple again for of cancer awareness and fundraising. Join Relay For Life of Second Life for the start of the 2015 relay season. Paint Second Life Purple Week takes place from February 21st through March 7th. Turn your house, land, prim, even yourself purple! For more information, visit www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org.

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Speculum is the newest installation by artist Giovanna Cerise. Too large to view from the ground, you’ll need to take to the sky to experience the entirety of this huge exhibit. What will you see in the mirror of Speculum?

Speculum

Giovanna Cerise presents the latest installation, Speculum. In Speculum, the mirror is multiplicity and continuous playback. It overlaps and obfuscates, as illusions are wont to do. The mirror is a projection into an unreal dimension. Where does it lead?

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The Moulin Rouge is a neo-Victorian, community-themed roleplay region with loads of live stage shows, cabarets, burlesque and more. Active for more than seven years, the Moulin Rouge is a great spot for anyone with romance on their minds.

The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge is a community-themed roleplay sim with entertainment, romance, residential life, and shopping. They also offer weekly live events, burlesque, and live stage shows! Relax at a bistro, explore gardens, the Eiffel tower, take a romantic hot air balloon or boat ride – they're a perfect destination for romance.

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In Blithe’s forested park, breezes whisper through trees, fireflies flicker, and horses graze around artfully rusting trucks. You can even relax with someone special in rustic houses on mirror-still ponds. Blithe is a calming region built with an eye for nature.

Blithe

Come explore the enchanting world of Blithe, an expansive two-sim region with plenty to discover. Wander the wooded pathways, enjoy the rocky coast, cozy up and dance with a loved one or friend. There's so much to see and do at Blithe. You can even join the inworld group to rez your own items for photographs and more! Get lost in the captivating world of Blithe.

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An easy-to-join freeform roleplay zone, Helion Alpha is a slick sci-fi region welcoming to all. Active players can claim living spaces, and faction leaders can even take over entire headquarters. Ignore the dross, go to Helion Alpha for sci-fi roleplay in its purest form.

Helion Alpha

Helion Alpha is a LGBTQ-friendly sci-fi roleplay region featuring freeform roleplay in a moderate-rated setting. Choose between mercenary, pilot, outlaw, scarper, or replicant. Come play, hang out, or just tour this amazing build. Active players can claim living spaces, and faction leaders can even take over entire headquarters! There's no applications, sign-ups, weapons, meters, or hassles.

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If you’ve just finished adding the final few touches to your next great creation, don’t forget to share it with the rest of the community! There’s still a little over a week to send in those submissions for the Photo Booth Fun Contest, it runs all the way through March 4th. If you’re looking for inspiration, sneak a peek at what your fellow Residents are up to in the official Second Life Flickr page. See you inworld!

Are you an educator seeing positive results from using Second Life? We’d love to hear from you! Please join us in this Education Forum thread to share your answers to the following questions:

  1. What educational organization do you represent?
  2. How do you use SL in your educational endeavors?
  3. Most importantly, what positive results have you seen from using SL?

From direct conversations, press coverage, and the like, we’ve heard of a number of organizations seeing positive results using Second Life for education, but we’re always eager to hear more and we hope you’ll add your voice to the thread.

Thanks!

The weekend is just around the corner and, as always, the Second Life Destination Guide is packed to the brim with slick builds, beautiful regions, and exciting events!

Pandora Box of Dreams is a gorgeous, artistic series set in dreams. Their first dream is titled Dreams of Sakura, but expect something new and equally intricate every couple of months. So jump in the bed and drift away to the imaginative dreamscape of Pandora Box of Dreams.

Pandora Box of Dreams

Pandora Box of Dreams is a creative region setting for the visionaries and creative minds who seek a place where dreams come to life. They also have a flickr group where artists can share their experiences: http://bit.ly/1KPz8Jz.

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A highly-detailed swamp with that down-home feeling, Crystal Gardens is a joy to wander through. Whether you’re looking for art shows, misty docks, gorgeous houses, or romantic dancing, you’re sure to find it at Crystal Gard

Crystal Gardens

Welcome to Crystal Gardens, home of the Crystal Gardens Live Music Venue. Come try boating, art exhibits hangouts and more. Enjoy your visit to Crystal Gardens!

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To quote Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Few art installations embody incomprehensible technology as well as Omnibus. Venture through a machine composed of moving colors and rhythmic shapes in this ever-changing, symmetrical region.

Omnibus

Presented more than four years ago, come see a special current showing of Omnibus at the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

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Seemingly ripped straight out of a dance movie, Republic Club is a veritable feast for the senses. Feel a need for pulsing lights, pounding tunes, and live DJ events? Head on over to Republic Club and let the music take control.

The Republic Club

The Republic Club caters for people of all types and all musical tastes. Owned and managed by an experienced team with some of the best DJ's in Second Life, they run regular events and have much to offer visitors. Come be part of the Republic Nation and enjoy great tunes, meet some amazing people, make new friends, and have a great time!

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Makeahla Jungle is a soothing and beautiful jungle island packed with wildlife. Dedicated to animal rights, visit Makeahla to learn about conservation, preservation, and what you can do to help maintain nature in all her pristine glory. Or swing by for the beach parties, exploration and couples-friendly safaris throughout this vibrant region.

Makeahla Jungle

Makheala Jungle is a place for mankind to remember what is important. To remember that which we should co-exist with, that which we should preserve. There is a large variety of wildlife, activities, jungle fun and more. Take time to visit Makeahla Jungle.

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Few things are as exciting as that first teleport into a brand new region, so keep on sharing those new creations. If your preferred method of creation is more picture composition than world-building, we’ve got an official Flickr page for that. And for you serial prize-winners, the Photo Booth Fun Contest runs all the way through March 4th. Don’t wait, there are prizes on the line!