The Ark virtual reality (VR) project has launched on crowd funding site Kickstarter, to film in 360 degrees the most endangered animal currently on the planet, the Northern White Rhinoceros.
Currently there are only 4 of the Northern White Rhinos left in the world, three in Kenya and one in San Diego. The VR documentary project is looking to record these magnificent animals in fully immersive 360 degree video before they likely become extinct.
The creative team behind The Ark consists of Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill. They began the project last year, filming Nola, the last Northern White Rhino in the US at San Diego zoo. At that time there where seven rhinos left and as that number has dropped its become a race against time to record the others in Kenya. The documentary will feature the scientists at the zoo trying to develop a “genetic rescue” for the species before going on to Africa to follow the Kenyan bodyguard team who protect the herd 24 hours a day 7 days a week from poachers.
The project has so far been funded by the Tim Hetherington Trust’s inaugural Visionary Award, which paid for the San Diego shoot, with the Kickstarter funding the Kenyan leg of the journey. While the team haven’t confirmed which head-mounted displays (HMDs) will be supported a trailer for the Samsung Gear VR is available to download from the Kickstarter page.
With $6,671 USD currently raised towards the goal of $21,500 USD, VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of The Ark and report back.