What an unbelievable ten days - the climax of a nationwide competition to find ten students at UK universities to join the 'Lost World Expedition', which looks to shoot a broadcast quality documentary about the plateau that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write the most famous adventure novel of all time - 'The Lost World'.
It is a story of explorers travelling deep into the jungles of Venezuela to climb a vast plateau where they discover dinosaurs and lost human civilizations - we don't think we will find either on the summit of Mount Roraima this time, but we will be working BBC Planet Earth cameraman Rob Franklin to shoot some incredible images of the unique wildlife and incredible scenary that is found atop of this remarkable plateau.
In January - February 2010 Ibex Earth embarked on a UK wide tour to provide students with seminars about the 'lost world' - over twenty five talks were given, which saw Stewart McPherson provide 2,000 students with an overview of the project and the urgent conservation issues that are currently facing Mount Roraima. I guess this would be a great point to mention that the overall purpose of The Lost World Project is that Mount Roraima has a future by introducing sustainable/regulated tourism and trying to put a halt to the illegal goldmining that takes place on Roraima's summit.
Over 1,000 students signed up to the project and began fundraising for the chance to win a place on the expedition - we've seen students cycle the length of the UK, ride from London to Paris and walk the Hadrian's Wall in its entirity without stopping! We've met some absolutely amazing people and the worst part of the project was not being able to take everyone with us...
We are now in the final stages of preparing for the expedition, which should leave our shores on August 20th 2010 - but before then we have the fortune to launch the expedition in collaboration with the ZSL London Zoo on August 10th 2010 - an event to which you are all invited to - just visit http://www.ibexearth.com/ and follow the links to The Lost World Project where you will find all the information you need.
The event kicks off at 18:00 at the ZSL London Zoo, in the Prince Albert Lawn & Terrace where you will be welcomed with a drink and the chance to meet members of the Lost World Team, including Stewart McPherson (expedition leader) and Rob Franklin (BBC Planet Earth). There will then be a series of talks from Stewart, Adrian Warren (advisor to Walt Disney in 'UP') and representatives from the Zoological Society of London - the talks will start at 19:00 and the evening will wrap up with a raffle and auction...it will be a fantastic event at an amazing venue.
To reserve your place please just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org