Often, when I am stuck at my desk but the task doesn’t require my full attention, I sometimes watch short wildlife videos on my iPad. They can contribute to a peaceful ambiance or sometimes stir my appetite for adventure. Frequently, I learn about new conservation efforts or unfamiliar communities with rich biodiversity.
One such video is The Lamu Archipelago: The Story of the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (English Version) filmed by Jahawi Bertolli. It is available for free viewing on Vimeo. Use the link here: https://vimeo.com/100602107
The Lamu Marine Conservation Trust, located along Kenya’s coast, has a core belief that the local community must lead the organization and support the initiatives. Originally, the trust focused solely on the plight of five threatened species of sea turtles – Green, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, and Loggerhead. Over time, the mission expanded to recognize that the community and the environment are linked together. Balance of the ecosystem and economic development is at the heart of their efforts.
You can learn more about the organization at https://www.tusk.org/projects/lamu-marine-conservation-trust/
Ready for another? Try the incredible cinematography of Nyal J. Mueenuddin. Some of his work is on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund in Pakistan. The short film suggested here depicts the first time video captured a Himalayan lynx hunting a markhor. As you know, lynxes are very elusive. In case you aren’t familiar with the markhor, it is a large goat with very long twisted horns, pictured here.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp7v7ERduuA
Warning: The film is graphic, so if this sort of thing disturbs you, skip this one. Just because we recognize that it is part of the circle of life doesn’t mean we have to enjoy it.
Lastly, let’s explore Madagascar – Wildlife and Green Treasures of the Red Island by Wocomo, a Berlin-based company specializing in digital content distribution. Once you get past the commercials, this is a beautiful tour of the island’s distinct wildlife and ecosystems.
The narrator has a soothing voice describing the animals’ activities. This is a high-quality video ideal for an afternoon escape to the exotic. It runs for about 52 minutes.
This will connect you to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoBDyEPCmTc