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The Ark 360 VR Documentary Film To Save Endangered Northern White Rhinos In Kenya

Anyone who slaughters Northern White Rhinos shall be locked up for good till eternity. Now they are damn near total distinction, these gorgeous White Northern Rhinos are down to four left in the world, according to The Ark team, last year, there were seven left… Thanks to those smugglers, rhino horn and taxidermy collectors, you shall be ashamed!

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Jongsma and Kel O’Neill

The Ark – 360 Documentary Kickstarter Project

The Ark is a 360 virtual reality video documentary Kickstarter project started by Jongsma and Kel O’Neill. It is about the efforts to save the remaining Northern White Rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

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The Ark team plans to use the fund to travel to Kenya to film Northern White Rhinos in the 360 video documentary using 360 Gopro camera rig, and introduce the people, including Kenya park rangers, troopers and scientists who are devote to save these beautiful creatures. Being a park rangers and conservation troopers in Kenya is a dangerous job, as smugglers are often armed with AK47 and rifles.

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Armed Kenya guards and park rangers protecting the last few Northern White Rhinos.

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The Ark will be introducing the daily guarding task of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s rhino bodyguard team. The team is a well-armed, well-trained group of park rangers tasked with protecting Kenya’s three northern white rhinos from killers and smugglers, include the “Sudan”, the last male Northern White Rhino left on earth. The guarding task is a 365 and 24/7 job, they sleep next to the rhinos to protect them, literally guarding them with their lives.

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Jongsma and Kel O’Neill will also take us to San Diego zoo, where the last Northern White Rhino in the US lives. The Ark will also introduce an ongoing program called Frozen Zoo, developed by a team of top scientists in San Diego. They are developing a “genetic rescue” program for the species. Frozen Zoo is a four foot-tall, liquid nitrogen-cooled aluminum canister in the basement of the San Diego Zoo’s lab complex.

The Frozen Zoo contains thousands of skin cell samples from a vast collection of animals—including the northern white rhino—and the genetic rescue team are working to transform frozen rhino skin cells into powerful stem cells that can be transformed into any cell in the body. Their larger goal is to use these cells to create the sperm and eggs necessary to grow a whole new generation of rhinos through in vitro fertilization. ( Excerpt from The Ark Kickstarter )


You can support the cause and The Ark projects by supporting their meaningful and urgent Kickstarter project, now surpassing it’s original funding goal of $21,500. As of now The Ark is backed by 299 backer, and has funded $25,394. The Ark team is looking to stretch their goal to $40,000 USD with 18 days to go.

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