More than 8,000 miles from New York City, a team of a few dozen goes on safari every day, films everything they encounter and broadcasts the results live on the internet. The three-hour show starts at 5 a.m. local time near South Africa’s Kruger National Park — 10 p.m. eastern — and is repeated again in the afternoon.
One morning, viewers may spot a leopard sleeping in a marula tree, paws dangling over either side of a branch. A few minutes later, that same leopard may chow on an early breakfast, gulping down the ribcage of an impala she hoisted up to keep away from hyenas.
For the evening drive, that leopard may be gone, replaced by a herd of elephants, a termite mound or a southern masked weaver building its nest. Whatever the team at WildEarth stumble on that day, viewers see in realtime alongside commentary from experienced safari guides.
The team, led by married couple Graham and Emily Wallington, has filmed from the Djuma Game Reserve, about 300 miles northeast of Johannesburg, for years. The reserve shares a border with Kruger — South Africa’s most famous national park — and nearly all of the animals associated with a safari are there, including the Big Five.
The plan to broadcast live content began with a camera screwed into a tree above a watering hole in 1998 that would take a still image every 30 seconds or so. That camera, now in full video, still operates nearly two decades later — albeit in a different tree after one was downed by a storm, another an elephant. The first live safari was broadcast in 2007 and has been running ever since.
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