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Animal lovers flock to wildlife web streams with Axis cameras
Wildlife Center of Virginia uses streaming video to educate global fanbase about wild animals
“The Axis IP camera system has definitely expanded our reach. Having so many thousands of people logged in every day from all over the world—watching our cams and talking about our wild patients—has enabled us to teach even more people about wildlife.” Amanda Nicholson, Director of Outreach, Wildlife Center of Virginia.
In 2011, the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a wild animal rehabilitation hospital, took custody of three young eaglets that had developed a following after hatching live on a webcam. The Center installed a camera to keep their fans connected with the birds, but soon the Center was looking to increase their IP video capabilities. They needed high resolution and optical pan/zoom to effectively monitor large flight pens, and they wanted to open more live streaming channels to increase awareness of a variety of wild animal species.
Working with systems integrator Johnson Controls, The Wildlife Center installed HDTV 1080p-quality AXIS Q6035 PTZ Dome and AXIS P3367 Fixed Dome Network Cameras to upgrade their web streaming program. The AXIS Q6035 cameras allowed the Center to pan and zoom throughout the entire length of the flight pen in stellar resolution. They were even able to diagnosis an injured owl’s eye condition from their office. They opened a total of three live streaming channels featuring different animals, including vultures, hawks and bear cubs, and introduced a moderated chat window alongside the video for discussion with viewers.
The high quality video feeds help the Wildlife Center create an intimate setting where viewers can feel closely connected to wild animals. This connection has contributed to extending the reach of the Wildlife Center’s mission dramatically. Viewership of the web channel grew to 39,000 visitors per month from across the globe. People who initially came to watch the eagles soon got hooked on the other animals, as well. The moderated chat spawned an engaged community of supporters who helped raise money for new medical equipment. The Center was also able to expand its educational outreach, as they could connect with classrooms across the country.