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Staring At the Computer Screen Looking for Lions

Do you want to get a glimpse of wildlife? There is now a web site that has posted web cams that allows you to sit in the comfort of your home for a chance to view wildlife on your computer

Last week I wrote about how I use technology to free me from my desk and allow me to communicate with Steve in Tanzania in a fast efficient manner. No sooner had I sent the story off to my webmaster to post I found another great use of technology.

If you want to get a glimpse of wildlife how about using web cams?  Yes, there is now a web site that has posted web cams in different areas that allows you to sit in the comfort of your home for a chance to view wildlife on your computer.  Called Africam it is either for (a) wildlife lovers who can’t get enough, (b) a great way to get excited about your upcoming trip or (c) for people who have way too much time on their hands.

So far I have seen elephants. Cheetahs and a herd of gazelles on the cam.  Going back to my “.” I have been very careful to not start playing the “oh I will take a short break and see what is on Africam for a while” game. 

But it is very fascinating to be sitting on your computer and watching something thousands of miles away.  And in my humble opinion it sure beats the cute kitty videos on YouTube!

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Lisa July 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I am a big fan of Pete's Pond on Mashatu in Botswana, Africa (http://www.ustream.tv/petespond) which is also available via WildEarth.tv (who have many live cams around the US and Africa, including eagles, wolves, bears, etc.). At one time, WildEarth hosted (for several years) a LIVE internet only, twice a day, safari drive on the Djuma Private Game Reserve in South Africa. It was pretty amazing, but unfortunately could not be sustained after 5 years of broadcasting (most drives are available in their archives). Africam is awesome, but I find more action at Pete's Pond. Thank you for this article!
Alan Feldstein July 12, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Thanks Lisa for your comment and thanks for the heads up on the other sites. Though I guess I should be mad because now I have more distractions from work! On my way with clients next month and looking forward to getting back to seeing them in person!

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