Magazine article Multimedia Schools

Wild Africa 2: Okavango, Chobe, Makgadikgadi (Wild Africa Series)

Magazine article Multimedia Schools

Wild Africa 2: Okavango, Chobe, Makgadikgadi (Wild Africa Series)

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Company: Sumeria, 329 Bryant Street, Suite 3D, San Francisco CA 94107; Customer Service: 415/904-0800; Fax: 415/904-0888; htttp://

Price: $50--hybrid Macintosh/Windows 95

ISBN: 1-57047-018-9

Audience: Reviewer recommends grade 3-12

Format: CD-ROM: graphics, sound, animation, text

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Overall Rating

Installation      A

Content/Features  C+

Ease of Use       B-

Product Support   B

Maximum rating: 5 stars

System Requirements: Minimum for Macintosh is a 68040 processor, System 7 or later, 8 MB RAM, 13" color monitor set to thousands of colors, and quad-speed CD-ROM drive. Minimum for Windows is a 486/66MHz processor, Windows 95, 8 MB RAM, VGA monitor set to thousands of colors and a 640x480 resolution, sound card, and quad-speed CD-ROM drive.

Description: Wild Africa 2: Okavango, Chobe, Makgadikgadi explores the national parks of northern Botswana and western Zimbabwe. It offers a 30-minute original documentary on the national parks of the region, a field guide of over 150 birds and mammals found in the area, extensive maps of national parks and roads, over 300 photographs, detailed travel information, a custom slide show creator, a comprehensive reference section, and updated information online at

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: I installed this disc on a Power Macintosh 5400/200 with a 12x CD-ROM drive. Because the software could be launched directly from the CD-ROM, all I had to do was insert the disc and begin. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The program opens with a slide show of the region's changing images and wildlife set to tribal music. Students can bypass the slide show and go straight to one of the six main sections: Movie Tour, Slide Show, Reference, Parks, Field Guide, or Travel.

The Movie Tour gives a visually stunning and engaging 30-minute profile of the parks and wildlife of the Okavango delta and the national parks of Chobe, Makgadikgadi, and Hwange. The documentary focuses on the dual threats that desertification and human intervention pose to the species of the region. To stop the movie and return to the contents menu, click the mouse anywhere on the screen.

The Slide Show feature lets students drag and drop graphics from the thumbnail images shown onto the light box to create custom presentations. To enlarge a thumbnail image, they can drag and drop the selected graphic on the Enlarge icon. They may view their slide presentations by clicking on the slide projector icon, and they can save or export it into other applications. To leave the Slide Show section, they merely click on an alternate selection on the control bar.

The Reference section is divided into seven subsections and seems to be primarily intended for tourists or travel planners. The Getting There button details how long travel to the region takes from origins in the United States and South Africa, and Customs and Borders explains passport policies and cross-boundary rental car information. Recommended Books highlights regional guide books, historical works, and videos. On Your Own discusses methods of navigating the Zimbabwe/Botswana parks area without the accompaniment of a tour group, and Geography and Geology provides a brief and concise movie overview of southern African geological development and geographical features, which is much more interesting than a text explanation would be. Outfitting for Safari includes the types of clothing that should be packed, weather conditions, and, importantly, health concerns and vaccinations. …

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