Steve Irwin’s zoo conservation NFTs, SportemonGo is gone, and more


The Crocodile Minter

Australia Zoo, the famous animal sanctuary owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin or the crocodile hunter, has launched an NFT project called “Wildlife Warriors.”

Wildlife Warriors is also the name of a non-profit organization founded by the Irwins in 2002 which focuses on the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife. All profits from the NFT sales will be donated to the Australia Zoo and Wild Warriors conservation efforts.

The NFT collection is a part of the 20th-anniversary celebration of the Australia Zoo, and users can now sign up for the allow list to obtain early access to the upcoming drops. However, details on the specific number of NFTs, tiers of rarity, utility, and pricing are sparse at this stage.

“The rare NFT project will comprise of a series of drops, each focusing on a different Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors animal. The NFTs will be randomly generated, non-deterministic, utility-driven and 100 percent unique to the buyer,” the announcement reads.

The NFTs are being minted on Algorand, which touts itself as the world’s first carbon-negative blockchain, and were developed in partnership with Meadow Labs, an Australia-based NFT start-up.

SportemonGo is a no go

Despite signing a three-year sponsorship deal with pro-Scottish football team Hibernian F.C. (also known as Hibs) in September last year, NFT and fan token platform SportemonGo (SGOX) shut up shop this week.

It appeared the company had built strong inroads into pro-football, as it was also a sponsor of Rangers F.C., and held endorsement deals with Andy Robertson (Liverpool F.C), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), and Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea F.C.).

According to Edinburgh News, the firm had signed on with Hibs for a multi-year six-figure sum deal, but failed to deliver on launching a fan token for the team and also suffered from funding troubles, with its main avenue being the sale of its SGOX token.

Sports Pro Media also reported on May, 4  that SportemonGo stated that it was working on “amicable” termination agreements with all its partners, while the project also posted a tweet on May. 3 suggesting that investors would be able to recover their losses via a token swap.

Leeds United launch NFTs to support Ukraine

Speaking of pro-football, English Premier League team Leeds United has launched 11 one-of-one NFTs to support the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The collection is dubbed “Shirts for Ukraine” and the NFTs depict 11 tokenized Leeds Jerseys that have been digitally signed by the players. The winning bidders will also receive two hospitality tickets to a game on May. 15, a pitchside tour with former Leeds greats, and attendance to one open training session.

At the time of writing, the highest bid of $1,470.96 is for the tokenized jersey belonging to number 23 Kalvin Phillips, a fan favorite amongst Leeds fans.

Hyundai to drop 9,500 NFTs

South-Korean automobile giant Hyundai is set to drop a collection of 9,500 NFTs as part of an upcoming metaverse project.

The “Shooting Star” NFTs are set for a pre-sale of 3,000 tokens on May. 9, and a general sale of 6,500 tokens the following day. All will be sold for 0.15 Ether (ETH) a pop, or roughly $440.

The NFTs will act as an access pass to the Hyundai Metamobility universe, and once the platform has launched the hodler’s NFTs will be automatically converted into “Metamobility” NFTs. It hasn’t specifically been outlined what further utility the NFTs will have, but after the conversion, they will each have a new and unique design.

Related: Why NFT adoption is so high in South Korea

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