The website will provide a focal point where zoos and aquariums can share their conservation projects, animal experiences, breeding programs and more with a global audience. ZooVue will enable zoos and aquariums to join with other leading industry conservationists to communicate current issues as a united voice on a scale never before possible.
Using live streaming via webcams, videos, photos and blogs, ZooVue will allow zoos and aquariums to engage with people worldwide about their favourite animals, extending the zoo experience right into the home. With mobile camera apps for global coverage, time lapse and remote recording systems, ZooVue enables visitors to share experiences and interact via blogs, videos, photos and live cameras. These will also be automatically integrated with social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
ZooVue and WAZA are set to launch http://www.zoovue.com at this week’s British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) Annual Conference 2012. ZooVue are seeking to encourage zoos and aquariums worldwide to join their innovative website, which it is anticipated will become a vibrant online community and an influential forum for conservation issues.
Zoos and aquariums that sign up to ZooVue can expect to benefit from an increased global audience; it is thought that ZooVue could increase unique visitors per month by more than 100,000. This increase in online traffic has the potential to drive up visitor footfall and provide a new revenue stream for donations.
Whilst the project is currently in the first phase of its development, ZooVue is already home to popular attractions such as Dudley Zoo, Paignton Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo and Bristol Zoo Gardens.
“ZooVue provides us with access to a wide ranging audience across the globe and allows us the opportunity to create awareness about out important conservation projects here at DZG which would otherwise not be possible on such a large accessible scale,” said Julia Locket, Dudley Zoological Gardens.
Visitors to the website can currently view live streaming video of the day to day habits of animals such as Yang Guang, the male Giant Panda at Edinburgh Zoo. Other webcams installed in partner zoos enable visitors to follow the daily lives of penguins, elephants, hippos and chimpanzees. By allowing this unique access to their animal attractions, zoos and aquariums can engage with visitors on a much deeper level than ever before and build guest loyalty outside of normal opening hours.
New features are currently being developed in this exciting new venture from ZooVue which it is hoped will bring a new dimension to conservation and animal attractions worldwide in our ever-more connected world.
Gerald Dick, Executive Director, WAZA, said, “WAZA is proud to partner with ZooVue, the pioneering platform for live stream cameras, videos and other conservation information, thus bringing conservation alive!”
ZooVue is the World’s biggest virtual zoo where users can watch live animals, understand conservation projects and interact with a truly global community.
ZooVue is a concept created by FiNETra. FiNETra work with 100’s of attractions, using LIVE TV style web cameras to drive web traffic and visitor footfall. We have spent years researching, sourcing, developing and installing products that offer our clients the very best in online internet video streaming solutions, and we are proud to be the only supplier offering unlimited usage, meaning existing IT systems are completely unaffected by our camera solutions.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the unifying organisation for the world zoo and aquarium community. With more than 300 members drawn from the leading zoos, aquariums, associations, affiliate organisations and corporate partners around the world and over 700 million visitors annually, WAZA are 'United for Conservation'.
The goal of WAZA is to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums and like-minded organisations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.
The British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) is a professional organization which represents its members and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums. It leads and supports its members:
- to inspire people to help conserve the natural world
- to participate in effective cooperative conservation programmes
- to deliver the highest quality environmental education, training and research
- to achieve the highest standards of animal care and welfare in zoos, aquariums and in the wild.
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