WildEarth films Gosa gang meerkats

2012-05-09 07:49

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Nothing allows you escape the daily grind quite like watching a cute little meerkat preen itself in the morning African sun or escape the perils of a cobra strike. Thanks to WildEarth you don't need to be out in the Bushveld to experience this. With the launch of their latest unique, live, and world-first broadcast of a single gang of meerkats out at Twaslu Kalahari Game Reserve, it's simply a mouseclick or finger-stroke away.

 "I just can't stop watching the meerkat cam. I am now so addicted that I am sleeping during the day [Virginia, United States] and staying awake all through our night so that I can watch the Gosa gang go about their daily foraging." ~ Karen Gilliam, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.

 100% LIVE from dawn ‘til dusk, this broadcast lets the meerkats tell their own story, at their own pace, and lets everyone share in their adventures as they happen in real-time. Many viewers have nervously watched the Gosa Gang mobbing and bravely fighting off a huge cobra, while it was happening! They’ve witnessed various heated territorial disputes with the competing Jaco’s Dune Gang, and then have fretted about whether at the end of the day the Gang would have to fight again for a place to sleep that night. And they’ve laughed together at the funny antics of some of the younger meerkats.

We are super excited about this groundbreaking project and very proud to be partnered with Tswalu. Not only are we broadcasting our wild meerkats to the whole world, we are also producing a 3D television series in the tradition of the ever-popular Meerkat Manor.” ~ Graham Wallington, CEO, WildEarth.

Meerkats are fascinating creatures and universally loved. People from all over the world have for years been coming to Tswalu for a chance to sit and walk with these habituated little fellas. And now people are even checking into Tswalu on their phones to go foraging with meerkats in the Kalahari while commuting into New York on a train or while waiting in line at the checkout!

WildEarth is a live wildlife broadcaster that pioneered live safari broadcasting from Djuma Game Reserve, South Africa, in 2006 and in addition to this distributes streams on behalf of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, Operation Migration, PixController, the National Aviary and many more premium producers of live wildlife content. WildEarth has broadcast the first live broadcast of the birth of a wild black bear, live streaming from an ultra-light aircraft with migrating whooping cranes across America, and many other exciting experiences in nature.

A key aspect of the WildEarth approach to broadcasting is the involvement of the viewers. There are teams of volunteers that control the various waterhole cameras 24 hours per day. These volunteers, known as 'zoomies', live and work all around the world, but they schedule 2 hour 'zooming' sessions when they log directly onto one of these cameras in the African wilderness, and via satellite connections they pan, tilt and zoom in search of whatever animals may be coming down to drink. When an animal arrives, these zoomies will then Tweet on the WildEarth Twitter account (twitter.com/WildEarth) so everyone knows to come and have a look.

All streams have associated chat rooms, in which volunteer moderators are available to answer questions about the cams and animals that you may see, while also ensuring that the conversation remains suitable for all ages and sensibilities. This community focus has spawned a very active Facebook following that helps to keep everybody updated on the comings and goings at all the cams, nests, waterholes and reserves that WildEarth provides a window into. Many of the more regularly seen animals have their own Facebook pages that are updated by their fans.

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