Friday, July 15, 2011

Safari Television to stop game drives after July 31st

I have some very sad news to share with you all today. Due to financial reasons Safari Television will have to stop operating and broadcasting game drives from Djuma at the end of this month. Technical issues related to various areas of the broadcast and its distribution have prevented us from generating sufficient revenue to cover our running costs. Without further significant investment in equipment this can not be changed and such funds are currently unavailable. We've explored many avenues to generate additional income, but running an operation such as we have based on mainly internet revenue is just not viable.

Stopping our activities and broadcasts has been a difficult and emotional decision to take, for ourselves, but mostly because of the impact on our crew in Djuma who are now unfortunately will be without a job despite having worked tirelessly to help us try turn things around. On top of bringing you two safaris each day, they worked hard on other projects before, between and after these drives. It's very disappointing that we've been unable to turn all this effort into sufficient revenue to keep operating the game drives and our main concern at this point is doing what we can to minimise the impact on them.

Then it's also sad to have to say goodbye to you, our loyal viewers, those who recently discovered us, and especially those that have been on drives with us from the very beginning. Our last drive is planned to take place on July 31st and together with the crew we are planning some events around that to make it a proper goodbye. (We will share more on this during the next week.)

One thing I already would like to announce now is that Peter will work with the crew to set up an online ‘tipping jar’. Just as lodge guests have the opportunity to thank their rangers and trackers for a great experience, we want to give you the chance to thank those that have brought so many great safaris and wonderful waterhole sightings into your homes and offices. The exact details around this will be shared with you early next week.

As there will undoubtedly be many questions around this announcement and what will happen between now and July 31st (and afterwards) we’ve created an e-mail to send these to: lastdrive@wildearthsafari.tv, we will receive and answer these. We also encourage you to post in the discussion area of Safari Television on Facebook or in a special forum we created on WildEarths Ning network. One thing to note is that this only affects Safari Television's operations, the Djuma waterhole camera and other cameras on WildEarth.tv will continue operating as before.


I want to end for now by once again expressing my gratitude to in particular our crew on site for all their hard work and to you, our viewers, who've stuck with us through all the challenges we've faced.


--Will Fox

29 comments:

  1. Wow..... I am in shock....
    This is indeed sad news.
    Anthony Corvelli

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  2. Oh no.... so terribly sad...

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  3. This is a SAD, SAD Day for me. I look forward to these drives everyday. Africia is on my "Bucket List" though I know I will never make it there this was my chance to be there. Everyone does such a great job there, they make you feel like you are in the Ganda with them.
    Will miss everyone very much

    DQ

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  4. terrible! I found WildEarth TV only days ago and I am disappointed to read it is ending too soon...

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  5. Sad news but in the real world bill's have to be paid, just needed more web revenue, would have thought it would be a viable business in the tourist industry.
    I count my self lucky as have been watching Wild-Earth since I came back from holiday in SA in 2008.
    Will really miss it, have to find something else to do at 5:30am.
    Best of luck to all the staff on screen and off.

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  7. t has gone downhill for years and this was to be expected. Feel bad for the presenters and other staff.Gone are the days of half truths, lies and the great feeds and fun.

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  8. Oh so sorry Will this so very sad for every one including the team crew and all, will the Gowri Dam cam still be running please Will it will give us some thing to hold onto here, we will miss you all very much.

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  9. I hate you Will Fox. But someone else will come along with out all the ideas of grandeur and go back to making a living doing what they love.

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  10. What a tragedy! So sorry it is not economically feasible. I guess you have considered subscription viewing? We have had many enjoyable sightings with the team. Thank you

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  11. Please consider subscription viewing...I think you'd be pleasantly surprised the number of old followers, as well as new, that would be willing to pay to watch what you have given so generously to us at your cost... Please put about a vote to the members I'm sure you will be surprised by the response...
    Thank You
    Avid Watcher and Friend - Stephanie aka She Kat

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  12. Bring back the the old WildEarth with out all the fancy gear... Even the jigga would be welcomed,better than nothing at all... Sometime change is not always for the best...Keep it simple like before. Doesn't need to be a Big Production. I remember the day you started with no more than Pieter and a Camera and it was magic. Bring back the magic but don't let go.

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  13. Understandable. A super, can't say it enough, THANK YOU! for bringing Africa to us across the globe like you all did for so long. Glad we will have the cams still. Will we also have a place to review the past drives - the archives - will those stay somewhere so we can take a drive with the guides? A thousand million Thank Yous for the joy I had and I know so many had - will keep tuning in - Thanks! Destalee

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  14. If there is no other way to save your beautiful dream, at least let me take this moment in time to say Thank you to all of you, both old and new, for all your hard work and greatest idea to ever hit the internet.

    May God Bless You in your future endeavors. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime...

    From my Heart to Yours ~ Stephanie

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  15. Someone had a great idea, to pay for a subscription. Have you spoken to anyone that happens to be in the cable tv business from the states? I can think of one that always likes a challenge if it brings education to so many that watch. I just wish there were other avenues so that we could continue this wonderful learning experience. Very Sad, and Upsetting.

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  16. Please bring back the old safaris. It was much better and had fewer problems. This will be sorely missed my many especially the shut ins. Please reconsider. Thank you cor considering this. marilyn c.

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  17. As with everyone else I will be very sad to see this end. As others have commented, really there has been no need for the expenditure on HD, 3D etc, as it really hasn't added to the enjoyment for many of us, just caused bandwidth issues etc.

    I too wish I'd been offered the opportunity of a subscription service, before the plug was pulled.

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  18. Subscriptions sounds like an option. This is really a heart wrenching piece of news! I think maybe simplifing and pay per view or subscription may help cover operating costs.
    I am sure our crew will find wonderful jobs elsewhere but we won't get to share with them any longer.. So long guys we will miss your stories and lessons of ellies, raffies, hippos, lions, babs, and of course our own Queen of Djuma. I hope there will be updates sometimes so we can get some news of these creatures we have come to love.
    Tahank you all for your hard work! You will be sorely missed.

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  19. WE TV STAFF

    I have set up a DONATION site. How do you want to handle donations?

    FACEBOOK Wild Earth Safari DONATION Web Site

    http://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf

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  20. I only just found you guys last week. This is very sad indeed. Well it ain't over yet, so keep your chin up and fingers crossed.

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  21. Dear WE, shocking ..sad..I have come to know some great people here..from staff..camera people..presenters..Siphiwe..my duct taped Djunkie m8's..Please Will find another avenue..I am willing to pay to ride ganda and learn from our fabulous presenters - Tara,Marc there is so much more to learn and the joy it gives me.

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  22. I want to start a donation page. How can I do that ?

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  23. Wow!! This is really sad news!! I want to thank you all behind the scenes, as well as camera people, and of course Marc and Tara!! You all have done an awesome job and I'm really sorry to see it go!! I will miss the drives and you all so much!! I would for sure make donations to try and help!! Thanks again WE team for all the hard work!! WE will miss you all!!

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  24. Very sad news and I've experienced this kind of loss myself due to the economy. Its horrible to have to deal with. Best wishes to you all please continue on your path being with animals. We will miss you but I expect you will be back!. Love to all.

    Francy from California

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  25. THANK YOU Graham & Emily for all the wonderful views of S. Africa, it's animals, it's people. I hope we continue to get to see them and maybe talk to each other at the same time as usual? So many memories...Pieter & Wonky, Siphiwe cooking bugs and showing us her home, Dixie esp. the kids, Hermann, Alex, Rexon,Simon, Pieter & Lieschen, Marc & his gentle voice & flowers, wearing bugs.. your beautiful children growing before our very eyes, Too many wonderful memories to mention them all...Thanks again...I hope you do well in all your endeavors.. Sueso@Oregon

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  26. If you are reading these posts you might notice that there is a trend here. We all want to help keep this going until you can figure something else out. These people have become our friends, the animals have become names we drop in everyday conversations whilst talking about this wonderful educational program. I hate to see you just shut it down, boom just like that.. we all want to do something and maybe in the meantime you can fiqure out a keep it simple plan. Please don't go........

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  27. Needless to say,"sorry to see you go".Perhaps a more solid foundation next time so this house of cards wouldn't collapse.All of you have made a difference in how I look at wildlife.Since I've found your site I watch mornings and evenings without fail.Maybe rethink the word "commitment",where there's a will there's a way...

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  28. Wow!! such sad news, I have spent many hours of enjoyment with you all, such a huge loss...thank you all so much, I know I would be willing to pay a subscription to watch the Safari's as I am sure many other followers all over the world would....please consider it.

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