Dec 21

Don’t miss “Gorilla Family & Me” on BBC Two later today!

Chimanuka strips a vine

Gorilla silverback Chimanuka strips a vine

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan visits our friend Chimanuka the Silverback in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the BBC Two series that begins broadcasting today. Accompany Gordon as he attempts to gain the trust of Chimanuka and map the power dynamics at play among these gentle giants.

Breaking new ground for vEco, the BBC has linked to our own virtual tour of Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the Chimanuka group where you can learn some of the finer points of Gorilla etiquette and inspect what’s left of a banana plant after a silverback has had his fill of banana pith!

Click on the image above or here to begin the tour!

 

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Grauer\'s Gorillas of Kahuzi-Biega National Park -2.314452, 28.737628 Grauer\'s Gorillas of Kahuzi-Biega This tour takes you to meet Chimanuka, the Eastern Lowland Gorilla silverback leader of a group of 36 individuals living in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. You\'ll also learn some of the finer points of \"gorilla etiquette\" from your host, Ian Redmond, and learn how to produce a \"contact call\" to warn the gorillas that you\'re nearby! Click here or on the image to start your vEcotour.

Nov 09

Meet the Chimanuka gorilla family of Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC

Where do the biggest gorillas in the world live?  It is well known that gorillas are the largest primate (except for a few very large humans) but we can now take you – virtually – to the only place in the world where you can find the biggest gorilla sub-species, the Eastern Lowland or Grauer’s Gorilla, in eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). This tour takes you to meet Chimanuka, the silverback leader of a group of 36 individuals living in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. You’ll also learn some of the finer points of “gorilla etiquette” from your host, Ian Redmond, and learn how to produce a “contact call” to warn the gorillas that you’re nearby!

Two species of gorilla are now recognised, each of which has two sub-species. The Western Gorilla Gorilla gorilla includes the Western Lowland Gorilla of Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Angola (Cabinda only) and DRC – known to scientists as Gorilla gorilla gorilla – and the Cross River Gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli. The Eastern Gorilla includes the Mountain Gorilla Gorilla beringei beringei of the Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi, and the Eastern Lowland Gorillas Gorilla beringei graueri that we’ll be visiting in this tour.

Click on the image above or here to begin the tour!

 

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Grauer\'s Gorillas of Kahuzi-Biega National Park -2.314452, 28.737628 Grauer\'s Gorillas of Kahuzi-Biega This tour takes you to meet Chimanuka, the Eastern Lowland Gorilla silverback leader of a group of 36 individuals living in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park. You\'ll also learn some of the finer points of \"gorilla etiquette\" from your host, Ian Redmond, and learn how to produce a \"contact call\" to warn the gorillas that you\'re nearby! Click here or on the image to start your vEcotour.

Oct 13

vEcoLive: Mountain Gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes, Part 2

Join host Ian Redmond for part two of our virtual voyage through the Virunga Volcanoes of East Africa, spectacular home to half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas!

This week, we will take you behind-the-scenes of the world’s only orphanage for mountain gorillas, the Senkwekwe Centre, where you will meet André Bauma, one of the heroes of the recent documentary, “Virunga“, and then bring you to the Bukima patrol post area to meet the Humba Group – a large family of gorillas relaxing in the forest.

Part one of the Virunga Volcanoes tour is available as a recording on YouTube here.


ian_circle_160Ian Redmond
is vEco’s Adviser and Ambassador, and a wildlife biologist and conservationist renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. As with his mentor, the late Dr Dian Fossey, the focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit – a famous young silverback – to sell his skull and hands. He established and chairs The Ape Alliance, served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla 2009, and was awarded an OBE for services to conservation in 2006.

vEcoLive is our ground-breaking experimental platform that allows virtual ecotourists to share a group tour experience, chat with fellow tourists and ask the tour guide questions, and hear live audio commentary from an expert host.

 

vEcoLive: Mountain Gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes, Part 2

First Showing
15 October 2015, 12pm EST / 5pm BST
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Second Showing
15 October 2015, 3pm EST / 8pm BST
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After your tour, please fill out a brief survey so that we can learn from your experience!

 

Please note that vEcoLive currently requires a PC (running Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Chrome) or a Mac (running Chrome, NOT Safari) and Adobe Flash Player installed. Mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) are not supported at this time.

Oct 05

vEcoLive: Mountain Gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes, Part 1

Join host Ian Redmond on a virtual voyage through the Virunga Volcanoes of East Africa, spectacular home to half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas!

The tour will trace the story of European interaction with these gentle giants, beginning with the dizzying heights of Mount Sabinyo, pausing in a misty glade to pay our respects at Dian Fossey’s grave, and finishing with Rwanda’s Kwita Izina gorilla-naming ceremony and a visit with the Susa group on the flanks of Mount Karisimbi.

Part two of the Virunga Volcanoes tour will continue next week, 15 October 2015.


ian_circle_160Ian Redmond
is vEco’s Adviser and Ambassador, and a wildlife biologist and conservationist renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. As with his mentor, the late Dr Dian Fossey, the focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit – a famous young silverback – to sell his skull and hands. He established and chairs The Ape Alliance, served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla 2009, and was awarded an OBE for services to conservation in 2006.

vEcoLive is our ground-breaking experimental platform that allows virtual ecotourists to share a group tour experience, chat with fellow tourists and ask the tour guide questions, and hear live audio commentary from an expert host.

 

vEcoLive: Mountain Gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes, Part 1

First Showing
6 October 2015, 12pm EST / 5pm BST
live.vecotourism.org

Second Showing
6 October 2015, 3pm EST / 8pm BST
live.vecotourism.org


After your tour, please fill out a brief survey so that we can learn from your experience!

 

Please note that vEcoLive currently requires a PC (running Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Chrome) or a Mac (running Chrome, NOT Safari) and Adobe Flash Player installed. Mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) are not supported at this time.

Sep 30

vEcoLive: The Elephants of Queen Elizabeth National Park

QENP_620In the run up to the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos on October 3rd and 4th in a city near YOU (www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org), join us for a virtual tour of the Craters Circuit in QENP, Uganda, with tour host Ian Redmond, to watch elephants and other wildlife.

vEcoLive is our ground-breaking experimental platform that allows virtual ecotourists to share a group tour experience, chat with fellow tourists and ask the tour guide questions, and hear live audio commentary from an expert host.

vEcoLive: The Elephants of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

First Showing
1 October 2015, 12pm EST / 5pm BST
live.vecotourism.org

Second Showing
1 October 2015, 3pm EST / 8pm BST
live.vecotourism.org

Please note that vEcoLive currently requires a PC (running Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Chrome) or a Mac (running Chrome, NOT Safari) and Adobe Flash Player installed. Mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) are not supported at this time.

Aug 11

Lunch-Break vEcoLive: Meet the Salt-Mining Elephants of Kitum Cave, Kenya!

Salt-Mining Elephants of Kitum Cave, Kenya

Salt-Mining Elephants of Kitum Cave, Kenya

To mark the occasion of World Elephant Day, 2015, please join us on your lunch break when Ian Redmond will provide a vEcoLive tour of Kitum Cave in Mt Elgon National Park, Kenya. Bring your own sandwiches and head to live.vecotourism.org to accompany Ian as he narrates, in real-time, a five-location expedition from the Park’s front gates into the depths of Kitum Cave where elephants have been mining salt with their tusks for generations.

vEcoLive is our ground-breaking experimental platform that allows virtual ecotourists to share a group tour experience, chat with fellow tourists and ask the tour guide questions, and hear live audio commentary from an expert host.

vEcoLive: Meet The Salt-Mining Elephants of Kitum Cave, KenyaKitum Cave, Kenya

First Showing
12 August 2015, 1:00pm BST / 8:00am EST
live.vecotourism.org

Second Showing
12 August 2015, 5:00pm BST / 12:00pm EST
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Please note that vEcoLive currently requires a PC (running Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Chrome) or a Mac (running Chrome, NOT Safari) and Adobe Flash Player installed. Mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) are not supported at this time.

 

 

Mar 16

vEco integrated with UN-GRASP’s new website!

IMG_20150312_161759-e1426166926988vEcotourism.org is proud and delighted to announce a major project milestone: we’re now integrated into the United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership’s (UN-GRASP’s) new website! Click on any of the great ape’s species pages and you can now enjoy virtual tours of each great ape’s habitat while learning about keeping abreast of GRASP’s conservation programs and breaking news.

Take their new site for a spin here!

Mar 03

#seriousaboutwildlifecrime

The theme of this year’s UN World Wildlife Day, on 3rd March, is being #seriousaboutwildlifecrime and the UN-Great Apes Survival Partnership (UN-GRASP) has released a new video, which will be screened at the UN in New York, on the illegal trade in ape infants.

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Dec 24

Behind the scenes at the world’s only mountain gorilla orphanage

virungaNP_620Just in time for Christmas, the vEco team is delighted to bring you this three-panorama virtual tour of the world’s only mountain gorilla orphanage, the Senkwekwe Center located at the headquarters of the Virunga National Park in Rumangabo, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Dec 24

Don’t miss VIRUNGA, the movie!

Have you seen the oscar-nominated documentary VIRUNGA yet? You should! It is a film with the tense drama, tear-jerking emotion and spectacular imagery of a Hollywood blockbuster, but it is fact not fiction. It features the courageous men and women (and their families) that protect the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they defend the park and its inhabitants, including magnificent mountain gorillas, during an episode of turbulent and deadly political upheaval in 2012. It’s a nail-biting piece of investigative journalism in a feature-length documentary format, filmed in Africa as the events unfolded. In recent months it has been winning awards in film festivals, made the short-list for the Oscars, been thrilling audiences in selected cinemas and is now available on Netflix.

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