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Best virtual experiences for wildlife enthusiasts

From safaris to live streams, we have curated the coolest digital trails for wildlife enthusiasts from across the globe

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Going on a safari or a visit to the zoo are cherished experiences for wildlife enthusiasts. As coronavirus continues to be a hindrance in travel, parks, sanctuaries, estates, and zoos across the world have taken the virtual route to cater to those who sorely miss the experience. You will be surprised to know that many establishments have installed motion trigger cameras monitoring wildlife in their natural habitat, giving us unprecedented access from the comfort of our homes. We have curated 5 virtual experiences for wildlife enthusiasts to indulge in.


Exploring the reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is no less than a natural wonder. Explore this exotic reef with natural historian Sir David Attenborough via breathtaking visuals and interesting facts across five key locations. The globally renowned broadcaster’s website deep dives into the oceans to help viewers take a closer look into the lives of the sea life, from sea anemones to clownfish. With narration and visual content to keep one engaged for hours, this is an unmissable multi-sensory experience.  

Log onto: attenboroughsreef.com/

Live safari

An African safari is the holy grail of safaris. Wild Earth takes us to the Greater Kruger National Park and Masai Mara in South Africa and Kenya. The platform offers daily live safaris hosted by experts broadcast directly from the wilderness to our homes in real time. They also allow viewers to interact with game rangers in Africa while they watch. An unpredictable experience, the live virtual safari is an excellent way to introduce your kids to leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, and many more.

Log onto: wildearth.tv

360-degree and VR films

Over 30 years, Conservation International has focussed its efforts on promoting the critical benefits nature provides. The organisation has been able to help to protect over 6 million square kilometers of sea and land across the world. In alignment with their goals, they produce 360 degree and virtual reality films to offer an immersive experience to the viewers. Offering an interactive look into natural habitats across the world, from reefs in Indonesia to treetop canopies in the Amazon rainforest, helps engage viewers. Some of these films also include indigenous people who are an integral part of such natural habitats.

Log onto: www.conservation.org

Live feed

Explore offers live web-cam content from national parks, sanctuaries, and zoos across the world. With a wide range of content available, the website is ideal for advanced wildlife enthusiasts who have special preferences. Log on anytime, from anywhere to spot elephants at the Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa or pandas in Happiness Valley Baby Panda Park in China. Viewers will also find here live cams to spot bald eagles, wolves, birds, sharks, and much more.
Log onto: explore.org


Asian Elephants

Get a closer look at the endangered Asian elephants from Khao Sok National Park in Thailand. Among the oldest rainforests across the globe, the National Park is home to the Elephant Hills camp. Under their Wildlife Monitoring Project, they have installed hidden motion trigger cameras in the jungle of Khao Sok National Park that allows them to capture the everyday lives of the elephants. The Elephant Hills camp shares this camera trap footage online for wildlife enthusiasts.

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