Pokemon Go benefiting endangered species & your waistline.

Published: Aug. 2, 2016 at 12:57 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2016 at 2:07 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Pokemon Go craze is sweeping across the Crescent City, and now some spots are cashing in on the fervor for the virtual creatures.

In the last few weeks, places like City Park have seen an explosion of foot traffic, mostly geared toward the augmented reality game.

"We noticed more and more people, especially in the evenings, about three or four weeks ago. We weren't sure what was happening. We thought it was the Zombie apocalypse at that point. Nobody was looking up from their phones, just walking around," said Amanda Frentz with City Park.

So City Park latched on to the trend and started offering rides on their train for six bucks, dubbed the Poke-Express.

Across town, the Audubon Zoo is catching their own and hosting a sold-out after hours catch-a-thon this Wednesday that will benefit real-life endangered species.

"Proceeds are actually going to support three different causes. Blue team is going to blue iguanas, the yellow team will be the yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot, and the red team will be red ruffed lemurs," said Stephanie Joseph, with Audubon Zoo.

But the benefit is stretching beyond the game and starting to impact players.

"It actually helped me out because last year I was diagnosed with diabetes and I needed to get out and walk, so this gives me an excuse to get out and walk," said Bill Counterman, who was playing in the park.

"We hardly ever got out of the house at all, so we go out three, four times a week now, instead of once a month. It's even helped me with losing weight," said Lacey Garrison, who was playing Pokemon Go with friends.

City Park is no longer running the Poke-express, but continues to invite players to "Catch 'em all" in the park.

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