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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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
Welcome to the new Chimp-n-Sea webpage. We are currently renovating, but please feel free to look around!
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4th October 2011 – Join us for an amazing illustrated talk by Ian Redmond OBE, renowned conservationist, UN Ambassador for the Great Apes, and Chairman of the Ape Alliance.