Wednesday, 6 June 2007

At last Buffelshoek is working!


We installed the camera at Buffelshoek Dam in September of 2006. This was a long time before we actually went LIVE on the internet. Throughout the summer while we were preparing to bring you WildEarth, Buffelshoek was abundant with buffalo and elephant. The marula trees then started to fruit and the elephant action was huge. One young bull elephant found it terribly amusing to constantly dig up and pull out all our cabling and equipment. As a result we didn't have Buffelshoek when we went LIVE.
After spending a great deal of time and money repairing his damage only to have him keep coming back and doing it all again, we decided we needed to out smart the elephant.....
We buried our set of cables deep in the ground and above them we put in a fake cable pipe. This worked like a charm. He had something to play with and we had our camera working. Even now, every week or two we still have to go and make sure that his toy pipe is available.
Once again thanks for all of your support and we hope that you enjoy the new waterhole camera.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have managed to open this cam only once for nearly three weeks.
Nkhorho cam open every time i try.

Anonymous said...

I love Djuma. I love the views from both dams. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen--WHEN I CAN CONNECT!!

It's ridiculous that you would put such a wonderful thing out on the internet without adequately planning for the size of the audience you would get. The 1000 extra spaces you talk about with CDN aren't going to solve the problem.

Nowadays it can take me hours to connect, and I'm getting discouraged. I read where your area won't have fiberoptic connections to the internet for another year. I may just wait until then.

Dj Strat3gy said...

Well done Team Zissou!

Anonymous said...

I don't know who is managing to see your output at the moment. All I have been able to see is a black screen with the word "Ready" underneath. Even allowing for limited connection capacity, I would have thought that it would be possible to occasionally connect. I am sorry to say that a good idea is going sadly wrong due to weak links in the planning and implementation.

Anonymous said...

I think some of you are forgetting this is free & they are doing the best they can. At least they maintain their equipment well which is a lot more than I can say about Nkorho's cam these days!!!
And it is not like they are deliberately trying to keep people from viewing. As remote as it is, we are lucky anyone can view, so be happy with what there is. :)

Keep up the good work WE! The drives are amazing!

Anonymous said...

het is mij al die weken, maanden nog nooit gelukt, helaas helaas, baaie baaie slecht