Category Archive: vEcotours

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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Dec 01

Virtual field trip with vEcotours

vEcotours has entered the classroom once again, this time taking children from Walmore Hill Primary School in Gloucestershire, England on a virtual safari. Our ambassador, naturalist Ian Redmond OBE, gave a natural history lesson to pupils, who were encouraged to think about elephants and what it may be like to be one. In a workshop …

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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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May 09

vEco launches VR app in partnership with UNEP-GRASP

vEcotourism.org is both proud and incredibly excited to be launching our first virtual reality mobile app in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme – Great Apes Survival Partnership (UNEP-GRASP) and the Ape Alliance: apeAPP VR! The app, which will be available on both Android and iOS smartphones, will offer immersive tours of all great ape …

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Apr 22

Virtual reality natural history — a sign of the future!

What equipment does a naturalist usually need? vEco’s Adviser and Ambassador (and renowned wildlife biologist and conservationist) Ian Redmond suggests a pair of binoculars and a hand lens, but — as he explains in this short video — soon, a virtual reality headset could also be a vital piece of equipment! It’s a positive movement; that …

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Nov 09

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

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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 …

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Dec 24

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

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Just 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.

Aug 11

Tusk to Dust: experience the emotion as 3.5 tonnes of ivory are destroyed in Paris, France

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Ahead of World Elephant Day 2014 on August 12th, watch alongside vEcotourism’s ambassador, Ian Redmond, as 3.5 tonnes of illegal ivory tusks are crushed in Paris, France in February 2014. Highlighting the shocking illegal trafficking of ivory which is killing over 30,000 elephants each year, this exceptional event sent a clear message: it is unacceptable to allow …

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