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18th of May | 12:15 pm
From a Kenyan elephant sanctuary to the Hoh Rain Forest in the northwest United States, via wolves in southern Ethiopia, this session allows audiences to come face-to-face with incredible animals and environments that we are in grave danger of losing due to human impact.
These experiences mix inspiring stories of people who have made it their life mission to preserve important wildlife with first-person experience of the animals and environments they are battling to save - including forest canopies, baby wolves, the Patagonian wilderness, Ethiopian mountains and baby elephants.
Act 1: Sanctuaries of Silence
Plunge yourself into a rainforest, and listen. No, really listen. Silence just might be on the verge of extinction and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In Sanctuaries of Silence, join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Hoh Rain Forest, one of the quietest places in North America.
- By Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Go Project
Act 2: My Africa
Narrated by Academy Award-winning Lupita Nyong'o, My Africa> transports viewers to the rugged untamed rangelands of northern Kenya where the Samburu community are restoring the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist. The story follows the journey of a young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe as she takes viewers through her daily life. Join her as she tends to livestock and rescues a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun.
- By Lupita Nyong'o, Conservation International, Passion Planet, Vision3
Act 3: The 500
With less than 500 individuals, the Ethiopian wolf is one of the world’s most endangered species and is on the brink of extinction. The 500 offers audiences the rare opportunity to come face to face with these amazing creatures. Learn the story of local wolf monitor Alo Hussein, who is dedicated to saving them. For him, these wolves are family. The experience was created by Bristol’s natural history VR innovators, Biome Productions.
- By Biome Productions, Born Free Foundation
Act 4: Wilderness: An Immersive Journey Into Patagonia
The wilderness of Patagonia – shared by Argentina and Chile – has frequently been threatened by logging and oil industries. But in January, Chile signed a historic act of conservation, creating five protected national parks covering 4m hectares. Take a journey through the wilds of Patagonia whilst reflecting on what wilderness really means.
- By The Guardian