Sunday, 15 February 2009

Nocturnal Djuma

This week is going to be a bit different ... WE have all had our thinking caps on and have come up with a bunch of new ideas to WOW you. WE love the safaris, but think that now with WildEarth officially becoming a TV channel and finally having in-stream advertising, meaning that WE can afford as much traffic as comes, the time has come to stretch a little and try a few new ideas.
This week WE are going to focus on the nocturnal a little ... so on Tuesday the 17th February, and on Wednesday and Thursday (the 18th and 19th) WE are going to go out on the normal afternoon safari from 16h30 to 19h30 CAT (Central African Time), but then the crew are going to charge the Jigga up and head out again at 22h00 CAT and stay out until at least 24h00 CAT ... maybe even longer. The crew are going to focus on the animals that WE don't normally see because we come in too early for them, animals like pangolin, aardvark, genet, civet, honebadger, wild cat, serval, white tailed mongoose, etc.
While Pieter will be driving the Jigga, Rex will drive the bubaloo and go out an hour earlier and start spotting. Both of them will stay in touch by radio and this will double our chances of finding these super illusive nocturnal predators. There are no guarantees, but WE think this plan will almost certainly throw up some species and behaviour that will be a first for WildEarth and that usually means a first ever broadcast LIVE. So make sure that you are with us, clear your diaries, tell your friends, buy in the popcorn this is going to be a whole different experience and a world first ... it's in our nature.
Oh yes, because the crew will be working so late on these three nights, they are going to sleep in the following mornings. So morning drives and morning walks will be cancelled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Anonymous said...

The night drives sound interesting, but many of us will have to wait & watch on the archives. And I don't care for the trade off. Most people can only watch one drive live a day, due to the time difference. So those of us who can only watch the AM drive will have to do without for THREE NIGHTS!!!! Please let this be a one time thing. Between the annoying pop up ads & now the AM drives cut to 4 a week - I for one would lose interest & stop watching if this becomes a permanent schedule change. Watching the archives is not the same experience as watching it live. There have been so many AM drives canceled lately due to the mast issue & then power cuts. We have only seen Pieter once since he came back & now we will miss three more drives!!!! :(

Very Disappointed WE Fan.......

Anonymous said...

What Great news !
Sorry to Anonymous, but as things are at the moment, I and quite a few other's hardly ever get to see any drives, due to the drive times, so this would be Fantastic for some of us.
I hope it all works out for Graham and his wonderful team !!
Good Luck to you all !!

Fabienne said...

I am so excited about this! Finally I will be able to catch a drive again, being asleep for the morning drive and at work for the afternoon drive. I can't wait to see the nocturnal gems you will be able to show us, and the sounds are going to be amazing!
Thank you, well done for trying to do new things for your audience. Can't wait to see what's coming!

Anonymous said...

I don't think it is permanent, they are just trying it out for a few days to see what it would be like and see what animals we can see.

Anonymous said...

This is great news!
I also hardly ever get to see the drives because of the times so this is fantastic.
Good luck in trying new things, i am sure they will all be as good as those so far.
I can't wait to see what you come up with next!