Where we go, others follow…
We’ve pioneered remote interactive rainforest expeditions using state of the art satellite communications technology from our sponsors, so that we can bring the world with us into the rainforest.
There’s no doubt we’re good at this. We gave the very first live video links to a family audience in the Attenborough Studio at the Natural History Museum, London, the very first time we tried it, from one of the most remote places it’s possible to be on Earth!
Our scientists have taken part in live Q&A sessions via the Guardian website after a gruelling day in the field counting bugs, measuring trees, and placing camera traps.
We’ve filmed, edited, and uploaded videos of spectacular events, such as a fight between a juvenile reticulate python and a king cobra in a stream near our camp, so that they are available to the world within ours of them happening in the middle of the rainforests of Borneo.
We get excited by the technology, not only to see what we can do with it, but because we think it’s an incredible way of reaching out to an international audience in a fashion that goes beyond television. We use the term interactive because using this technology we can interact with anyone, wherever they are in the world, providing they have a phone line or the internet.
The absolute love affair with social media is proof of why this is important: we are social creatures and we love to engage with one another. It’s one thing watching a beautifully shot BBC documentary narrated by David Attenborough, but quite another to speak to Sir. David, on location, with penguins flapping around in the background!
That’s what we try to create…. minus the penguins and, at the moment Sir David!
We’re completely open to ideas on how to use this technique so please get in touch with us! If you’re a school, online newspaper, museum, art gallery, festival, or very wealthy person with a home cinema and a good list of powerful friends, please let us know if you are interested in a live link or some kind of media partnership.