Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Ustream + WildEarth

WildEarth is super excited to announce our partnership with Ustream.tv


For the next few months WildEarth will be exclusively re-broadcasting our LIVE streams on the Ustream platform (as well as at wildearth.tv of course). Many of you have been watching some of our broadcasts on Justin.tv, YouTube and DailyMotion, but for a while these will not be active. The idea is to work exclusively with Ustream to build a large audience of LIVE wildlife viewers together.


Ustream and the Raptor Resource Project broke records in the past few months with the now world famous Decorah Eagles webcam. We hope to do even better with Ustream's new multi-view, which allows you to switch from one WildEarth stream to another right inside the player!
So please make sure to tell all your friends, 'join the crowd', Tweet and 'Like' our broadcasts. Lets see if we can build a really large audience of LIVE wildlife fans on Ustream.

As many of you already know WildEarth was very proud to launch and host Pete's Pond at Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana and equally proud to bring back the Djuma waterhole cam with Djuma Game Reserve in South Africa. These streams, along with our twice daily LIVE safaris will be available at Ustream.tv as well. There are also 3 x PixController cams and Penguin Point from the National Aviary. Soon Operation Migration's 'ground cam' will be starting up again, which will be followed by the exceptional flight cam where you can fly along with the Whooping cranes as they migrate across America. 

The two waterhole cams are now being controlled by our dedicated global team of volunteer 'zoomies' around the clock. This team are also Tweeting all sightings on the WildEarth Twitter account: @wildearth

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Finally... Djuma's Gowrie cam returns




After some last minute set-backs due to a recent mini-tornado that knocked over the tree we selected for the new camera (see this earlier blog), the new Djuma camera at Gowrie Dam is now, finally, ready for relaunch.

We are very happy to bring back this camera, which is one of, if not the, longest-running wildlife cameras in Africa, having started broadcasting well over a decade ago. (In those early days it only 'streamed' a refreshed still picture every 30 seconds!). When the cam returns tomorrow (Friday) at the end of the AM safari you will notice some changes from how it was before it was shut down for the upgrade.

Firstly we can again zoom and pan, and we have a dedicated and wonderful team of 'zoomies' that will control the camera around the clock and inform you of interesting sightings through our @wildearth twitter account. So there's no need to miss anything. If you can't come watch immediately, there are always our archives to check back at a later time.

Jurie and Pippa Moolman have been instrumental in making it possible to get the camera running again and Djuma will from now on be the 'producer' and be responsible for the maintenance and running of the camera. It will no longer be run from Safari Television, although as good neighbours they'll still support Djuma when needed.

This change, together with the remote zooming, obviously begs the question: "But what about Siphiwe?". Well, while Siphiwe will no longer be our local zoomie, she will stay and take on a more extensive role within Safari Television, supporting the crew with various organisational and administrative tasks. (For more info on this please read Will Fox's blog.)

So, all is ready, we're very excited, join us Friday morning at 0930 CAT for the relaunch of Djuma's Gowrie cam!