CapeNature’s Stony Point Nature Reserve is one of the latest daily experiences broadcasted by the award winning WildEarth channel. Stony Point is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African penguin in the world with roughly 3 600 African penguins. Located in the quaint coastal town of Betty's Bay in the Overberg, the Reserve offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close. Penguins are active throughout the year with nesting season in February to April, hatching and rearing of young until October and moulting from November to January.
“Penguin Beach” is an expert-hosted live and interactive experience with the colony of penguins. Viewers can follow regular characters within this colony in real time and ask the experts of CapeNature and WildEarth questions via twitter and chat. This brand new one of a kind LIVE experience on WildEarth allows viewers to watch it daily throughout the year, following specific characters as they grow from being newborns to fully fledged adults.
Dr Razeena Omar, CEO of CapeNature, is thrilled about this novel way of bringing the public to nature, “Partnering with WildEarth, putting people at the centre of Stony Point in the comfort of their homes, is a unique and innovative way of connecting with the African penguin colony. Educating and inspiring people to appreciate and respect nature lies very close to CapeNature’s heart and we believe that this project will go a long way in doing just that.”
The mission is to offer this unique experience to adventurers all over the world, but especially the ones who will never get to experience this for themselves. By using one camera, it gives the point of view of someone who is walking the boardwalk with the expert. The addition of being able to ask the expert questions in real time means that it faithfully recreates what it is like to actually be taking part in this experience physically.
Two naturalists who are also penguin experts will be amongst the penguins at Stony Point and will engage viewers on what is happening each day. They will point out specific characters and be able to answer any questions.
“We hope that “Penguin Beach” becomes a must-do experience on WildEarth, just as our daily LIVE safaris have come to mean so much to so many people around the world. With “Penguin Beach”, WildEarth hopes to bring millions of nature lovers to Stony Point Reserve without increasing the harmful impact millions of people would have on the environment,” Emily Wallington, Co-Founder and head of Content of WildEarth said.
This real time penguin experience is broadcasted daily from 08h30 to 09h30 Central African/Central European Time. Repeats are at 19h30. Viewers in the UK can watch at 08h00 British Time and broadcasting will be 16h00 US Eastern Time for American viewers.
In South Africa it can be viewed on DSTV channel 183. One can also download the WildEarth app from Google Play, the App store, Roku and Amazon Fire. Here is also a list of television channels around the world where it can also be viewed.