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Steve Irwin’s Zoo Conservation NFTs, SportemonGo is gone and more

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The crocodile Minter

The Australia Zoo, the famous animal shelter of Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin or the crocodile hunter, has started an NFT project called “Wildlife Warriors”.

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

The NFT collection is part of Australia Zoo’s 20th anniversary celebrations and users can opt-in to the allow list now for early access to the upcoming drops. However, details on the specific number of NFTs, rarity levels, utility, and prices are sparse at this time.

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

The NFTs will be minted on Algorand, which bills itself as the world’s first carbon negative blockchain, and was developed in partnership with Meadow Labs, an Australia-based NFT startup.

SportmonGo is a no go

Despite signing a three-year sponsorship deal with pro-Scottish football team Hibernian FC (aka Hibs) last September, NFT and fan token platform SportemonGo (SGOX) closed up shop this week.

It appeared the company had built a strong entry into professional football, having also sponsored Rangers FC and signing endorsement deals with Andy Robertson (Liverpool FC), Luke Shaw (Manchester United) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea FC) graduated ).

According to Edinburgh News, the firm had struck a multi-year, six-figure deal with Hibs, but was unable to meet the launch of a fan token for the team and also suffered from funding issues, with the main avenue being to sell its SGOX token.

Sports Pro Media also reported on May 4 that SportemonGo said it was working on “amicable” termination agreements with all of its partners, while the project also released one tweet in May. 3, suggesting investors could recoup their losses via a token swap.

Leeds United launch NFTs in support of Ukraine

Speaking of football, English Premier League side Leeds United have launched 11 one-of-one NFTs in support of Ukraine’s humanitarian appeal.

The collection is dubbed ‘Shirts for Ukraine’ and the NFTs feature 11 tokenised Leeds shirts that have been digitally signed by the players. The winners will also receive two hospitality tickets for a game in May. 15, a pitchside tour with former Leeds greats and attending an open training session.

At the time of writing, the top bid of $1,470.96 is for the number 23 tokenized shirt of Kalvin Phillips, a fan favorite among Leeds fans.

Hyundai drops 9,500 NFTs

South Korean automotive giant Hyundai will release a collection of 9,500 NFTs as part of an upcoming Metaverse project.

The Shooting Star NFTs are scheduled for a presale of 3,000 tokens in May. 9, and a general sale of 6,500 tokens the following day. All are sold for 0.15 Ether (ETH) per pop, or around $440.

The NFTs serve as an entry pass to the Hyundai Metamobility universe, and once the platform is launched, the hodler’s NFTs will automatically convert to “Metamobility” NFTs. What further use the NFTs will have was not specifically outlined, but after the rebuild they will all have a new and unique design.

Related: Why NFT adoption is so high in South Korea

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Holders of the popular Shiba Inu (SHIB) memecoin can now use the cryptocurrency to buy tokenized land in the upcoming Shiba Metaverse platform.

Cybersecurity expert Malwarebytes Labs has identified and disclosed the rising popularity of monkey-themed airdrop phishing scams among crypto and NFT scammers.