Category Archive: Team vEco

Jun 11

vEcotourism engages with Ugandan students at Makerere University

Makere University students get a taste of vEcotourism with Mark O!

Ugandan vEco blogger and photographer, Mark Olokotum (a.k.a. Mark O!), broke new ground this past Friday, June 6th, as he introduced students of the Department of Biological Sciences at Makerere University, Uganda, to the wonders and possibilities of vEcotourism. Introduced by vEco Tour Guide and Content Developer, Jackson Efitre, Mark O dazzled the group with …

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May 28

What would you say if given the chance to talk to the world for 15 minutes? – TEDx talk by Ian Redmond

vEcotourism ambassador and great ape expert, Ian Redmond was recently invited to give a TEDx talk at Southampton University.  After the event, Ian explained to vEco how he felt about this unique and exciting experience: What would you say if given the chance to talk to the world for 15 minutes? I’ve been a fan of TED talks – …

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May 13

Introducing Mark Laxer

Mark Laxer - Borgo

Hi. Mark Laxer here, president of Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund and director of the vEcotourism project. Welcome to my new blog series! That’s me in the photo in 2010, dressed as a human-ape hybrid. I was promoting my book, The Monkey Bible, that I wrote to encourage religious and scientific communities to work together to …

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May 06

Introducing Andrina Murrell: getting the word out for vEco

Hi there vEco followers! My name is Andrina Murrell and I have been tasked with the exciting job of telling the world about vEcotourism and our vision to bring interactive and immersive experiences of wild places to everyone. Having spent several years working within conservation and wild animal welfare (that’s me in Ethiopia in the …

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Apr 29

Welcoming Helena Baird to the JARI team is very happy to welcome experienced marine ecologist and Australian Volunteer for  International Development (AVID) volunteer Dr. Helena Baird to the team at JARI, vEco’s partner in Indonesia. With conservation project experience in places as diverse as the Bahamas, Zimbabwe and Antarctica, Helena will be working with JARI to implement marine education opportunities, working …

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Apr 23

vEcotourism needs your help!

Become a vEconaut!

Would you like to get a sneak peek at vEco’s latest and greatest innovations?  Become a vEconaut!  We need your help to test out the freshest content from  As a vEconaut, you will help vEcotourism to ensure it produces the best, bug-free vEcotours, bringing immersive and interactive experiences of amazing places and wildlife around …

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Mar 06

Creating vEcotours with the Born Free Foundation team


vEcotourism’s Ian and Matt Redmond were delighted to drop by the offices of their long-standing supporters at the Born Free Foundation in order to provide a hands-on workshop in virtual tour construction. After providing inspirational insights into vEcotourism and its potential, Ian challenged the Born Free team to create a pano of the Born Free …

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Feb 13

Presenting vEco’s first blogger: Mark O!

My name is Mark Olokotum alias Mark O! I am the main photographer and tour guide for in Uganda, and will be bringing vEco content from East Africa as well as presenting vEco materials to local communities. I invite you to “Be part of the conversation and conservation”! I hold a BSc in Fisheries and …

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Oct 07

Team Uganda Reunited

vEco’s globetrotting ambassador, Ian Redmond (pictured on the right), met up with two of vEco’s most dedicated collaborators this past weekend: Jackson Efitre (center, Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences, Makerere University) and Mark Olokotum (left, M.Sc. student at Makerere University and Research Assistant with NaFIRRI-Jinja). The trio then met up with The Gorilla …

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Oct 01

Four Africans, Indonesians honoured with the GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award

Created to encourage innovation, build partnerships, inspire leadership, and offer hope in the field of great ape conservation, the GRASP-Ian Redmond Conservation Award was given to four dedicated individuals September 22nd at the Great Apes Summit in Jackson Hole, USA. The four winners were: Panut Hadisiswoyo from Indonesia, who works to address human-orangutan conflict issues in …

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