Get the audio guide for African animals. No need to read, simply listen and learn without taking your eyes off the animals.
Source: Android description
Price: free (there is paid version for both operating systems)
Runs offline: yes
Last update: Android 17/09/2015 – iOS 17/09/2015
Website of the developer: Whispers of the wild
Whispers of the wild is an application for Android and iOS devices that, through audio files, makes the visitor feel the call of Africa, because one of the elements included are the sounds or calls of the most iconic animals that live in national and natural parks of southern and eastern Africa.
The application is structured through an initial menu that includes the following elements:
- “Animals”, which allows the access to the selection of different animals by category, name or a slider with which to select the size of the animal.
- “Games” to entertain the children.
- “Ask a question”, a queries section that is sent to the application’s creators.
- “About us”, in which developers and partners are presented.
- “Safety advice”, an audio file with basic recommendations on precautions that must be taken when you’re visiting a space of these features.
- “Conservation”, section that shows the work of Endangered Wildlife Trust, the conservation organization that supports this project.
The sheets of the different animals (the free version of the application includes 11 species with the possibility of increasing them to 16 if you share the app via Twitter or Facebook) include the following information:
- “Profile”, with general information about the species (size, habitat, denominations, threats, gestation, etc.), photographs (may indicate the sex or age of development of specimen) and its characteristic sound. These audio files are possibly the most realistic way to feel the call of Africa. However, this feature only is provided when the recording has been possible. When the detailed species entail risk, such as rhinos, a section of safety measures is included.
- “Audio”, with multiple sound tracks where the different characteristics of the animal (customs, diet, etc.) are narrated.
- “Map”, that reloads the tab of general information mentioned above, showing distribution maps of the species instead of photographs.
- “Footprint”, realistic drawings that identify the footprints of different animals printed on the floor. The front and hind legs are included.
- “Ask a question”, which refers to the same tab pointed out above.
- “Conservation”, to access information about Endangered Wildlife Trust.
Images: Screenshots 29/02/2016 © Whispers of the wild
As Samir Randera-Rees, CEO of Whispers of the Wild, himself says, «you will not protect what you do not love, you will not love what you do not know». This maxim, applicable both in Africa and in other parts of the world, sets that one of the objectives is to provide the information needed to create that bond with a natural area. And the smartphone can be a very useful tool to carry out this mission, since its use has become popular among people and can be used as a channel of communication and education. In this way, people who just cannot afford a safari organized by an agency, they can also enjoy and know better the wildlife thanks to the explanations that incorporates the application, which can also serve to complement the work of local guides.
The design of the application stands out for its usability, but it would be interesting to incorporate a zoom/full screen option on images, especially in the case of the footprints and maps, eliminating the duplicate information that is already available to the user on the tab “Profile”