Kenya’s wildlife migrates to the internet

14 January 2016

The #KenyaLive project offers real-time online safaris in the country’s unparalleled Mara nature reserve and live dives to view its coastal underwater treasures. The initiative is a continuation of the successful #MaraLive broadcasts – the first live internet feed of the great wildebeest migration.

The projects are run by Make It Kenya tourism company and Herdtracker conservation organisation. The live feeds use a combination of innovative drone and digital photography and Twitter’s Periscope live broadcast app, giving viewers around the world unique access to some of the most exciting and rare animal behaviours.

The #KenyaLive project consists of 50 live broadcasts held over 11 days, ending on 18 January 2016. Edited broadcasts will also be made available after the live dates on the Make It Kenya and Herdtracker social media channels.

The #KenyaLive broadcast team, including safari experts Carel Verhoef and Andre Van Kets of DiscoverAfrica.com, uses other cutting edge filming technology – including the Starlight nightvision camera, underwater periscope cameras and a uniquely immersive 360-degree video. The exclusive content is available to view on mobile phones, tablets or computers via the Periscope app and direct on the Make It Kenya website and social media pages.

Recordings of the first of the broadcasts filmed from 7 to 13 January 2016 offer an unprecedented view of the lions in the Olare Motorogi and Naboisho Conservancies of the Maasai Mara, both during the day and at night.

From 14 to 18 January, the #KenyaLive team is in the coastal town of Watamu and is hosting live broadcasts of the Local Ocean Trust project, including the world’s first live underwater broadcasts.

The trust is responsible for the rescue of sea turtles caught in fishing nets. One of the broadcasts during the week will involve live turtle-cam footage captured via a GoPro action camera strapped to a turtle’s back. Viewers might even be able to see dolphins in the area during a live stand up paddle-board broadcast.

Viewers can watch recordings and live broadcasts using the Periscope app on the HerdTracker’s channel. Updates of the broadcasts will also be posted to Make It Kenya’s Facebook and Twitter, and HerdTracker’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Source: News24Wire