2 virtual safaris and 2 live cams to keep wildlife in sight during COVID-19 lockdowns
Virtual safaris are helping to distract people under coronavirus lockdowns while attracting badly needed support for African wildlife parks hit hard by the disappearance of tourists.
Wildlife tourism is a major source of revenue for countries like Kenya. Some operators are now sharing live broadcasts of safaris on social media in the hope that attention to endangered and other species doesn’t fade.
OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
In the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, workers have created what they call Sofa Safari.
See more videos on their Facebook page.
Among the animals featured are the world’s last two surviving northern white rhinos. Researchers have been trying to use in-vitro fertilization to save the species, using eggs taken from the two females and frozen sperm from dead males.
WildEarth's safariLIVE is an award winning, expert hosted LIVE safari, broadcast directly from the African wilderness into your home.
They offer safaris twice a day - at sunrise and at sunset.
Click here to see more videos and information.
TAU WATERING HOLE
On the Northern border of South Africa and Botswana lies the Tau Game Lodge. The lodge overlooks Tau Waterhole, an oasis for animals and wildlife including elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras, and cheetahs.
Click here to see the live camera overlooking the waterhole.
TEMBE ELEPHANT PARK
Tembe Elephant Park is a watering hole near the border of South Africa and Mozambique known for having the largest elephants in the world. Even when elephants are not around, viewers can see other wild animals in the live camera.
Watch the live camera here.
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AP wire services contributed to this report.