On Thursday, 1 June 2017 South African National Parks (SANParks) launched podcasts on its website.
SANParks Podcasts focus on a range of sound recordings for specific wildlife information (e.g. birding, trees, mammals, reptiles, etc.) as described by various internal and external experts; discussion panels introducing and debating various SANParks related issues; ranger stories; park descriptions; and podcasts of live activities including walks and game drives.
Some of the podcasts are recorded through audio description and are about making the visual world verbal.
Blind and visually impaired persons are a sizeable portion of all communities, but such people cannot receive and absorb written information or visual stimuli about the parks. Audio recordings, with specific techniques of description, are a medium that enables parks to become more accessible to listeners who cannot see.
“Audio descriptions, although aimed at the visually impaired, are not exclusively for blind people, and are equally appealing to sighted people too, helping bring the parks alive for people in far-away places unable to travel to the parks, ” said Chris Patton, SANParks Content Manager: Visitor Management and Interpretation.