This summertime, the zoo comes to you thanks to the astounding worldwide live streams resulting from the partnership among Explore.org and Google Earth. This website, by the way, is a great substitute while we wait for the coming 7D technologies and the virtual reality-based zoos of the future.
The world is upside down: zoo technology applications
It’s untenable, the paradox whereby technology has been evolving to protect and preserve the wild animal species, whilst people are being pulled away from any contact with them (as if animals and humans lived on different planets).
Of course, it’s a subject where polemic is always served. For example, the most extreme and radical minds from the world of animal conservatism and ecologism have promoted places like the New Zealand Orana Wild Park or the China Lehe Ledu, both inverted zoos where technology is used to enclose visitors instead of the animals into rolling cages, so that the wild creatures are wandering freely over the whole visit.
Nevertheless, this is quite an extreme and intense experience for children, considering that the main idea of having contact with the environment should be related to educational purposes.
On the flip side of the coin: did technology do something to make discovering wildlife less boring while teaching about preservation at the same time? The answer may be found in Google: Explore.org, to name but one solution.
Google takes the wild animals to your home
So, it’s well known that the formula of technology, plus live streaming recently have been used successfully to cover from online courses to music festivals, and that’s the reason why Google decided, in an effort to find balance, to add wild animals to the combination.
Giving life to an exciting, free-pass online zoo through Explore.org, Google Earth allows the website to collect hundreds of worldwide animals, most of them at its natural environments, using webcams in real time. On the other hand, you can see where they live and check out the information about their habitat, customs, etc.
Since they’re live webcams, it’s possible that in some transmissions the night falls, or at that moment, do not pass by any animal. However, the cameras are located all over the world, so we will always be able to find a little action on some channel. Also, many of them are found in zoos and natural parks, so they are always focusing on animals — And the image quality, despite streaming, is spectacular!
Finally, it is possible to search for cameras based on our favorite animal and to find interesting documentaries already recorded that treat subjects as diverse and random as the dogs that helped in the rescue of the victims of the 11-S.
Animatronic animals, the guardians of tomorrow!
Explore.org is an excellent website for all ages with great content, though, it’s not enough when it comes not only to approaching to the wildlife but preserving it as well. In fact, the rumors state the next Google step might be related to robot animals.
More than 16 US states have already placed these animal robots in areas where they are not allowed to hunt them, and although they can not walk, they do move their heads, ears or feet, simulating the natural movements of each species, helping to catch stealthy hunters.
The idea of the big G has to do with improving those already existent robots, to not only keep protecting the real species from the trappers, but to include cameras through the mechatronic animals that would allow the human eye to get involved in animal life as another member of the herd. Does it sound bizarre or mad to you? We’ll have to wait to opine, but let’s keep in mind, it’s all about our beloved animals!