Google Street View's Newest Project Lets You Take a Safari Without Leaving Your Seat
Google Street View has teamed up with research conservation organization Save the Elephants to shed some light on some amazing wildlife the world is losing much too quickly. The new Street View imagery of Kenya highlights the Samburu National Reserve—a space where elephants and other African wildlife are free to roam safely. The space is much-needed: According to Save the Elephants' Head of Field Research, David Daballen, more than 100,000 elephants in African were killed for ivory between the years of 2010 and 2012. Elephants aren't the only animals who have found a safe haven at Samburu. You can also spot zebras, giraffes, and cheetahs, among other regional wildlife among the views.
The best part of the new Street View: You never know what you're going to see. In a Google blog post, Daballen shares a few instances: "a group of Samburu warriors walking along the Ewaso Nyiro River, a pride of lions enjoying a bit of shade, or a leopard crossing the path." Essentially, it's like taking a safari from wherever you decide to tune in. How it works: Each of the 600+ elephants and other animals on the reserve wear GPS-enabled collars. The animals' locations are closely monitored, making it easy to find out where they are and investigate if one ever stops moving on the system. Below, check out a few sights from the new Street View scenes. Take a look at the project from a wider angle on Google Street View.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.