Namibia's partnership with WildEarth a boost for wildlife live stream

WINDHOEK, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Namibia's first live stream camera showcasing wildlife at the Okaukuejo waterhole in Etosha National Park, a national park in northwestern of the country, received a boost following a partnership with WildEarth, a 24/7 live television channel, an executive announced Wednesday.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) spokesperson Nelson Ashipala said the Okaukuejo waterhole live streaming camera is now available on WildEarth's DStv channel 183 and the initiative complements the already viral NWR Live YouTube channel launched in April, with viewership reaching as high as 1,000 wildlife enthusiasts per day.

"To enhance customer experience, NWR partnered with WildEarth to allow for the viewing of waterhole action footage as it unfolds at the most famous waterhole in Namibia, reaching an audience of about 5 million people globally per month," he said in a statement.

According to Ashipala, this initiative is a first for Namibia, whereby a live stream camera showcases the wildlife that Namibia offers, complemented with expert commentary from trained naturalists.

"Using a combination of live broadcasting, expert naturalists, interactivity, community, and a point-of-view shooting style, partnering up with WildEarth will help millions of viewers feel remotely present in nature without increasing their footprint," he added.

Ashipala meanwhile said this experience excites NWR as an organization as it will make wildlife enthusiasts curious to the point where they want to travel to Etosha National Park in particular and Namibia in general.

The Okaukuejo waterhole, which is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the Etosha National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa, is a wildlife sanctuary watering hole for black rhinos and elephants, famously known for its floodlit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregation and interactions.

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