Experience the roar of the magnificent Murchison Falls, Uganda

Murchison FallsChimp-n-Sea project, vEcotourism.org, recently introduced its first blogger: Mark Olokotum, alias Mark O, is the main photographer and tour guide for vEcotourism.org in Uganda, and will be bringing vEco content from East Africa as well as presenting vEco materials to local communities.  Late last year, Mark travelled to Murchison Falls and created this spectacular vEcotour.  He explains more below:

In December 2013 I travelled to the remarkable Murchison Falls, also known as Kabalega Falls, in north west Uganda. Located within Uganda’s largest protected area, the Murchison Falls National Park, the area is characterised by green, pristine vegetation scattered with diverse wildlife. You can join me on my travels through this vEcotour; experience the thunderous Murchison Falls, watch the amazing wildlife browsing the rich habitat and understand the challenges within this oil-rich region.

Making your way towards the top of the deafening Falls, you can feel the force of the world’s longest river, the Nile, being driven through a narrow gorge to the river below creating a breath-taking rainbow. The river then flows westward into Lake Albert, the most diverse lake in Uganda, providing wonderful habitat for elephants, buffaloes, hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds. However, this magnificent region faces a huge challenge. Murchison Falls National Park is considered to be oil-rich and there is need to strike a balance between oil exploration and wildlife conservation.

Come on a vEcotour to Murchison Falls with me by clicking on the image above and we will explore the remarkable environment, the awesome wildlife and how these wonders can exist and continue to thrive in the face of often damaging oil exploration.

Alternatively, click here to start your vEcotour!

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Take a walk on the rocky side at Green Point, Canada

Green Point, Canada

Chimp-n-Sea project, vEcotourism.org, is continuing to produce informative and immersive virtual tours of wild and wonderful places worldwide. The latest vEcotour features Canada’s Gros Morne park, on the comparatively sheltered Western coast of Newfoundland. A geology lover’s paradise, the area has been designated as a UNESCO natural world heritage site.

From precipitous land-locked fjords to the curiously sterile exposed mantle of the Tablelands formation, this is a wild landscape and one that is home to a unique mixture of boreal, temperate and arctic flora and fauna. Join vEcotourism’s project manager, Jay Ploss, as he takes you on an narrated tour of geological discovery at Green Point, a stretch of wave-battered coast, where you’ll interpret the exposed rock to reveal the continent-shattering secrets of Earth’s distant past.

Start your tour here!

To learn more about Gros Morne park and its diverse attractions, visit Parks Canada’s website here.

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Explore a new vEcotour: experience the Susa gorilla group in Rwanda, guided by great ape expert Ian Redmond

Sidle up to one of our world’s greatest living wonders: a group of mighty mountain gorillas browsing and playing in their natural habitat on Mount Karisimbi, Rwanda. The latest vEcotour from vEcotourism.org (a project of Chimp-n-Sea) features 360 degree images, ambient background sounds, and embedded videos, all captured by our vEco Ambassador and great ape expert, Ian Redmond. © vEcotourism.org

Mount Karisimbi, a dormant volcano, is part of the Virunga Mountains which straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Karisimbi is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant population of the critically endangered mountain gorilla, and encompasses a wide variety of vegetation zones including the bamboo forests and hagenia forest which characterise the high-elevation Afromontane regions of central and eastern Africa.

Immerse yourself in prime gorilla habitat and, with expert narration from Ian Redmond, experience awesome silverbacks jostling for position, meet the only other nonhuman primate in the National Park and delight in young gorillas frolicking in a bamboo grove.

Begin your trek by clicking on the image above!

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Mobile Clinic arrival marks a special day for the Kibale Health and Conservation Project, Uganda

Today represents a fantastic result for vEcotourism Project Advisors Dr.’s Colin and Lauren Chapman; a long-awaited mobile clinic van for Kibale National Park has finally arrived in Uganda. The Kibale Health and Conservation Project, founded by the couple, works to to provide health care to the local communities surrounding Kibale National Park as well as create tangible benefits from the Park to improve community-park relations.

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In a region with a life expectancy of only 45 years and where over a quarter of children under five are malnourished, this mobile health clinic will provide both health and conservation education reaching many rural people in villages surrounding the Park who have little or no access to hospitals and doctors. The Kibale Health and Conservation Project has already benefitted thousands of local people in the region through affordable health care, mosquito nets and more.

A result of collaboration between the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the University of McGill, Canada, the mobile clinic will initially be run by The Kibale Health and Conservation Project before being handed over to UWA to continue the effective programme.

A ceremony to present the mobile clinic is to be undertaken next week and vEco’s Ugandan team is gearing up to attend this exciting event! We will be blogging about it here on chimp-n-sea.org, so make sure you check back soon!

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Yosina to sail Saleh Bay, Sumbawa, Indonesia

Yosina, before renovations. Chimp-n-Sea co-founders Mark Laxer and Sara Lourie spent 5 1/2 weeks in Indonesia, working with Jari Foundation, a local NGO, in part to purchase and plan modifications for Yosina, a 51′ boat to be used for marine conservation and education.

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View Ian Redmond’s talk at Chimp-n-Sea headquarters!

View video of renowned ape and elephant conservationist, Ian Redmond, at Chimp-n-Sea headquarters. Brief appearance made by BORGo (played by Mark Laxer, President of Chimp-n-Sea).

http://youtu.be/vnu_hSxemvA

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Virtual Ecotourism Update

The vEco team is very proud to announce that the virtual ecotourism project has been chosen, out of over 350 applicants, to advance to Stage Two of the Digital Media and Learning Badges Competition. Continue reading

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“Gorillas and the Mist” – a swinging success!

Guest Post from Sara Lourie, Co-founder of the Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund

“Imagine you’re in a forest, deep in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo . . . there are strange noises up above . . .”

The barn is dark, sounds of insects fill the air, a tree nearby shakes, and a shadowy figure moves among the branches. Suddenly there is a vocalization, a flurry of limbs and a great ape swings into view . . . Continue reading

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Ishasha Journal – A story of human-wildlife conflict

Read Virtual Ecotourism director Mark Laxer’s latest story, a thrilling account of human-wildlife conflict and the tough challenges of conservation in Ishasha, Uganda.

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Virtual Ecotourism Project Blog

We are currently working on an exciting Virtual Ecotourism project (invented by Chimp-n-Sea co-founder Mark Laxer) and our blog website has just gone live. You can visit it here http://www.vecotourism.org/news/. Continue reading

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