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National Geographic Animal Jam – Open Beta!

Hey everyone!

The reason I haven’t posted in forever is because I am hard at work on our newly launched project (albeit in open beta) National Geographic Animal Jam!

The day is finally here to live wild with National Geographic Animal Jam™. Now you and your kids can be among the first to monkey around in this virtual world of discovery and fun. Combining the chance for kids to be the animal of their choice with access to National Geographic’s limitless libraries, National Geographic Animal Jam will open your child’s eyes to a world of adventure and exploration like no other virtual world out there. Your kids will soon realize that they’re having tons of fun in the coolest jungle around!

Two years in the making, National Geographic Animal Jam represents an ongoing creative collaboration between the great minds at National Geographic and the gaming gurus at Smart Bomb Interactive. The goal of this virtual world is to provide a fun, exciting, and safe environment for kids to play online, as well as inspire them to explore and protect the natural world outside their doors.

So come prowl around inside National Geographic Animal Jam. With lush tropical kingdoms, amazing adventures, and fascinating facts in store—plus the chance to live it up as your favorite animal—mommy and daddy bears (and their cubs alike) will find a wild world worth discovering!

National Geographic Animal Jam – Jump into the Jungle Today!

We are tweaking and polishing through the summer, and as such, it is completely free to play through the open beta! When we have our Grand Opening this fall, we will offer premium subscription content, but the game will always have free to play features.

Check it out and let me know what you think!



Joi Podgorny has spent the better part of the past 2 decades working on the bleeding edge of the technology and entertainment industries, from content/brand development and production to leading international support, moderation, community and social teams. Most recently, Joi founded Good People Collective, a consulting agency focused on helping companies and organizations establish, assess and pivot their internal and external cultures to help maximize their potential. She and her team are currently working on an exciting new software project, combining corporate training and virtual reality.

75 thoughts on “National Geographic Animal Jam – Open Beta!

    1. joining is not hard you first hit “PLAY NOW”! than you just hit ‘make a animal’ when it pops up and you make an animal and there you go you are a new animal on animal jam p.s. you start with 1000 gems gems are what you use to buy stuff ern them by playing som cool games

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    1. when beta days started 2 be over ALL the people that were beta testers got an awesome amazing gift(4 them)they got free member ship 4 the rest of thier life on AJ that really bugs me alot!!!!!!im so mad at them!!!!!!GRRRRR MY USER IS familygirlawesome and my sisters is cutecute32!:(((( but in some ways 🙂 4 them anyways!!!!!!

      1. What really? Oh That’s why when I watched videos of the beta days everyone was member they are lucky 😦

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    2. the beta days are now gone.. im trying to find a website so i can play animaljam in the beta days btw animaljam now really sucks too bad they updated it 😦

  1. yo national geographic i like aj the way it is now but i want to see the beta aj.and i was wondering if you can switch aj back to beta aj so i can see what iit was like and i bet i would love it

    1. ya n’ yo national gographic i bet every non member would 2 with changeing the non members into member please say get it got it good byez 🙂

      1. Haily do know any glitches for laptops or computers to go back to beta days? U seem like u would dunno why

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  2. i want a beta account and i have to member accounts there awsome. i love my parents for making me too member accounts!!

  3. my mom and dad let me have 4 acounts they are so epic! my mom and dad rock! my cousin is polkadotnormal. she is soooooooo epic!!!!!!!!! peace out i am chip1hairy2!!!!!!!!

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    1. OMG JULIAN YOUR NAME IS BRENTON?!?!?!?!?! Lol sorry I am weird about some name WELL U DID U GET ALL YOUR BETAS AND RARES DID U PLAY SINCE BETA DAYS??? DID U HACK ANlMAL JAM???? DID U USE GLITCH TO GO BACK TO BETA DAYS BUY STUFF?? AM I OVER REACTING ABOUT SEEING YOUR COMMENT?? ARE U SCAMMER?!?! Of course not -slaps my face- lol sorry plz answer all first 3 questions.

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    1. i cant ever get on im soo sad
      i can never for get animal jam i love animal jam
      animal jam beta looks kinda fun i need to see it how do i get on? ..(

  7. This is not a safe and positive game for kids. My child is bullied every time she plays. Even by players she has never met. She is duped into giving away special items, but if she refuses to do so, she is called “mean” and subsequently threatened to be be blocked and reported. Please think twice before playing this game.

  8. All I want from the beta days are the beta items, since beta items are worth spikes and stuff in real AJ now.

  9. Hi I play Animal Jam and I LOVE it. But the only two things I need is a Headdress and a Rare Spike Collar please. So, AJQH or anybody can you please, please, please gift me them? My username is queenfrozen2005 and if you can it would mean a lot. You would make me cry! So if you can thank you very much.

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