“So we are going to go to the middle of Mabu, we are going to the centre of the forest, we are going to see what secrets Mabu has to give up, and we are going to discover new species”. -Professor Julian Bayliss.
This scientific and educational expedition was the first of its kind ever attempted, penetrating into the heart of the largest rainforest in Southern Africa forest. Our objective? To discover new places on the mountain for future tourism, find new species of plants and animals, create an ethnobotanical report, check on the health of the forest, write a series of feature articles for the press, produce a documentary film about the adventure and create a 3d Map to deliver the Mabu360 Virtual Reality Experience.
The expedition successfully uncovered new waterfalls, eden-like campsites, new valleys of giant trees, and even more new species.
Media partners are currently being sought for worldwide distribution of both the film, footage, writing, imagery and the 360 VR film experience that lets everyone explore the mountain’s research, riches and discoveries using a new 3D map and immersive 360 video.
See below for more about this exciting way to use technology to help preserve the Mabu Forest.
The team is also producing a teaching syllabus about the science of Mabu for secondary schools in Mozambique and around the world.
Check out the short dispatch from the Mountain outlining the expedition:
Find Out More About Our Mabu 360 Experience:
Using the latest technology Alliance Earth filmed a unique 360 degree virtual reality project based on 3d mapping technology for museums and science centers around the world, so that everyone can join the expedition and experience the mountain’s mysteries first hand.
Get in touch with AE Director Jeffrey Barbee if you would like to find out how we can bring a photography exhibition, the immersive Mabu360 Experience, a film screening and a talk to your museum, university, secondary school or science centre.
Check out some of the images below. If you would like to see a larger selection for your publication, email us here.
Special Thanks to The Mt Mabu 2017 Alliance Earth Expedition Members:
Dr. Roland Van De Ven, Clemmie Borgstein, Phillip Jordaan, Dale Millard, Jeffrey Barbee, Julian Bayliss, Ernesto Andre, Hassam Patel, Ana Alecia Lyman, Ofelio Cavalleo, Bartolomeu Ofelio, and Lopes Andre.
Jeffrey Barbee is a photojournalist and award-winning film producer and director. He works for Global Post, presents the US national TV show Earth Focus for LinkTV and writes and photographs for the Guardian UK. His work also appears in the New York Times, the BBC, NOS Tv Holland, Smithsonian Magazine, RTL News, PBS, CBS, Al Jazeera, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and others.
His 2012 film Creating a Climate For Change won best environmental film at the film festival of Colorado.
He is the Director of The High Cost Of Cheap Gas, a current feature film exposing the global gas industry.
He is the Director of Alliance Earth, a worldwide not-for-profit environmental and scientific reporting initiative and is a board member of the Mezimbite Forest Centre.