From a trio of ’Toads to a well-known gaming ape, from a Honey Bear and his Breegull bestie to gardens full of sentient Piñatas, you won’t find many big Rare-developed games that don’t feature a diverse menagerie.

Combine this with Rare’s home being the tiny English village of Twycross for more than three decades now, and you’ll understand why, when we saw our neighbours down the road at Twycross Zoo needing a little help following their enforced closure during the pandemic, we had to step in and lend a hand.

We announced that over the weekend of July 31st–August 1st, profits from the sales of pets and pet accessories in Sea of Thieves’ Pirate Emporium would be donated to Twycross Zoo. Now the final numbers are in, and we’re elated to reveal that this fundraiser brought in £40,560.57 – helping safeguard not only the zoo’s future but its vitally important conservation work across the globe!

Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO of Twycross Zoo, said: “Thank you to Sea of Thieves and their players who have so generously raised over £40,000 for Twycross Zoo. It’s an amazing amount that will contribute to our conservation charity and our ongoing mission to preserve endangered species.

“We were very excited to partner with our Twycross neighbours at Microsoft who have been very supportive with this charitable opportunity. It will certainly help our zoo recover from the income lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as we look to secure a better future for Twycross Zoo and the wildlife with whom we share our planet.”

In turn, we at Rare want to thank all our players who picked up an in-game pet or pet outfit over the course of that weekend. Your generosity was helping real world animals even as you added an acrobatic monkey, dazzling parrot, faithful hound or fastidious feline to your ship’s crew. Everybody wins, so thank you!

To find out more about the impact of your donation, you can learn about the Twycross Zoo Charity’s wide-ranging conservation work on their website – and stay tuned to Sea of Thieves social channels for the first word on all future fundraising efforts!