Category Archive: Africa

Sep 24

Happy World Gorilla Day!

Dian Fossey takes notes on Group 5, 1977. Photo Ian Redmond (low res)

Welcome to our new virtual Gorilla safari, launched to coincide with the first ever #WorldGorillaDay. September 24th 2017 has been designated the inaugural World Gorilla Day by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dian Fossey establishing the Karisoke Research Centre on this day in 1967. Click HERE or on either of …

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Sep 15

London’s Great Gorilla Run 2017!

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There are fun runs and then there is the GREAT GORILLA RUN — more fun for a good cause than any other event in conservation!  At least that is what British comedian and TV naturalist Bill Oddie says. Tomorrow, Saturday 16th September, the 15th Great Gorilla Run will see hundreds of people dressed as gorillas, with …

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Feb 07

Marching for an end to the domestic ivory trade in the UK

Come along with our vEco Ambassador, Ian Redmond, as he co-presents a petition to end the UK domestic ivory trade to 10 Downing Street. Recorded at the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in London last year, this 360 video is especially relevant as the UK parliament just discussed this issue yesterday!

Dec 23

Announcing Gorilla Safari VR

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Working with the Born Free Foundation, and in honor of longtime friend and colleague John Kahekwa, we’re very pleased to announce the release of Gorilla Safari VR, our latest vEcotour mobile app for Android and iOS. This one begins at Born Free’s headquarters in England, with Mr. Kahekwa having just received the 2016 Prince William …

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Aug 12

Welcome National Geographic Readers!

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vEcotours Ambassador Ian Redmond re-lives the moment he was charged by a four-tonne elephant in a new article for National Geographic. “There is some irony in this – that the person who coined the term ‘elefriends’ should be trampled by a decidedly unfriendly elephant – but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t personal,” Ian jokes, as …

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Aug 08

Teaching school students with vEco virtual reality

Here at vEcotours, we’ve taken our first leap into the classroom, trialling a new “kid’s version” of our Mount Elgon virtual reality tour for a special lesson at Cambridge Elementary School, Vermont. The demo used our new app, which is available for both iOS and Android, with a special new narration, voiced by youngsters Erica and …

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May 12

Welcome, BBC Earth Readers!

  Our Ambassador, Ian Redmond, remembers the mountain gorillas that famously interacted with Sir David Attenborough in the landmark television series ‘Life on Earth‘ for a new article for BBC Earth. Ian recalls introducing the BBC film crew to two of the gorilla groups being studied by Dian Fossey, while he was working as her research …

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Mar 03

Visit the Salt-Mining Elephants of Mount Elgon, Kenya

Our latest vEcotour has more depth than ever, literally! Venture nearly 200m or 650 ft deep into Kitum Cave where you’ll cross paths with the world’s only “Troglodyte Tuskers”!

Feb 26

Celebrate WORLD WILDLIFE DAY with a guided virtual safari to see elephants… underground!

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Join live tour host Ian Redmond for a multimedia 360-degree virtual reality tour of the world’s only salt-mining elephants! March 3rd is designated by the United Nations as World Wildlife Day. This year, the theme is ELEPHANTS – the largest animals on land. All three species – the African Savannah Elephant, the African Forest Elephant …

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Dec 21

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

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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 …

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