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Wild at Home: we tested the very first "virtual safari" at home

The savannah or the abyss as if you were there, such is the promise of this online wildlife reserve. A playful approach to biodiversity, ideal for occupying confined toddlers.

Arid leaves that a heavy step tramples. A light breeze. And suddenly, a huge ebony truffle that just sticks to the screen before sending waltzing, with a furious paw, the foot of the camera. Without any more ceremony, you have just met the lion, star of the savannah necessarily honored in the first “virtual safari” at home, Wild at Home.

Launched this Friday, this online platform, sponsored by the great primatologist Jane Goodall, wants to raise awareness of biodiversity young and old through immersive videos of animals in their natural habitat and educational presentation sheets. At the origin of this project, Wild Immersion, a French production company already known for having screened, in our dark rooms, short films in virtual reality around animals and nature from 2018.

Three universes, three experiences

An example of an educational sheet. This is the chimpanzee. Wild At Home / Photo press

The offer is declined in three universes : virtual safari, under the ocean and great apes. The main interest of the experiment lies in the 4K images of the animals that propel us in the middle of a herd of elephants drinking or in the canopy with the chimpanzees. In this 360° panorama, the viewer can go to the right, to the left, approach to almost touch the rough skin of a rhinoceros or an elephant. Especially playful for children (and animal lovers), the fact that the animals, intrigued, interact with the camera. At the end of the sequence, a generic trombinoscope allows you to know the names of all the” stars ” of the film and to get acquainted with some less known species, adorable mongooses or wild dogs… Before going to draw more information on them in the educational sheets on each species.

Very successful too, the short videos “Wild Facts” which, through anecdotes that are easy to remember, tell more about the place of each animal in its ecosystem. Where we learn, for example, that the rhinoceros is an umbrella species, which allows hundreds of others to survive.

IN BRIEF

We love : the beauty of the images, the rich and quality educational content, the playful aspect that will appeal to children.

We love more : Wild Immersion donates 15% of the purchase price of a pack to Wild Angels, its endowment fund for the creation and maintenance of nature reserves around the world.

We like less : the somewhat “old-fashioned” interface of the site.

Wild at Home. Virtual safari box, under the ocean or great apes, 5 € the 48 hours or 10 € the month each. Works on smartphone, tablet or computer. Possible to use a virtual reality headset for an even more immersive experience.

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