The Amazon River is known for its pink dolphins and dangerous piranhas. But now, it will be known for something new: a huge coral reef that spans 600 miles. The reef was discovered in the muddy waters at the mouth of the Amazon by a team of scientists from Brazil and the US. Check out the video to learn more about this amazing discover:
Meet Imogen, a 10 month old baby koala at the Symbio Wildlife Park in Australia. It is her first photo shoot and she is darling. Watch her overwhelming cuteness as she eats greens, plays, and, well, simply exists. Fun fact — a baby koala is called a “joey.” Watch the little video and this joyful joey will surely make you smile:
Over 9,000 feet below the surface, off the coast of Puerto Rico, scientists saw some creatures for the first time ever. In April 2015, a team of scientists embarked on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expedition that captured incredible images of these deep-sea creatures. The ship, called the Okeanos Explorer, journeyed into largely uncharted ecosystems, including the seafloor, and investigated what lives in these unknown and little-known areas.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be an animal swimming in the Great Barrier Reef? Now you can find out, thanks to a helpful turtle and a GoPro. See what the reef looks like through the eyes of one of its very own inhabitants.
The Javan rhino is one of the most rare and endangered rhinos in the world. After capturing these three Javan calves on camera in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, the tiny rhino population rises from 57 to 60. The calves, which consist of females and one male, have been captured by forest cameras at various times in 2015.
This insanely cute baby polar bear at the Columbus Zoo is growing up so fast! Watch the video to see her go from one week to almost 3 months old and learning to walk on all fours:
Blue whales are the largest animals in the world. They can grow up to 100 feet long, weigh 180 tons and live to 90 years old. But people rarely get to witness these majestic giants. Fortunately, activist group Sea Shepherd Society gives us a rare sight of these creatures, after encountering two in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica in late January. They sent a drone up from their boat, the Steve Irwin, and captured this stunning footage of a mother and calf blue whale.
“Some call me nature, others call me mother nature. I’ve been here for over 4.5 billion years. 22,500 times longer than you. I don’t really need people, but people need me.”
These are the dramatic first lines spoken by Julia Roberts in Conservation International’s chilling series of short videos about environmental protection. The series, entitled “Nature Is Speaking,” features eight celebrities who speak as the voices of different parts of our planet that are threatened by humans.
Julia Roberts is mother nature, Harrison Ford is the ocean, Kevin Spacey is the rainforest, Edward Norton is the soil, Penélope Cruz is water, Robert Redford is the redwood, Ian Somerhalder is coral reef and Lupita Nyong’o is the flower. Each conveys the message that Conservation International calls their “Humanifesto”:
Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature. Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist. Human beings, on the other hand, are totally dependent on nature to exist. The growing number of people on the planet and how we live here is going to determine the future of nature. And the future of us. Nature will go on, no matter what. It will evolve. The question is, will it be with us or without us?
The videos originally came out in October of 2014, but are still relevant in spreading awareness about environmental degradation and inspiring further conservation efforts. Conservation International’s “Humanifesto” explains the project’s mission:
…there are aspects of how our planet evolves that are totally out of our control. But there are things that we can manage, control and do responsibly that will allow us and the planet to evolve together…Our movement is dedicated to managing those things we can control…Country by country. Business by business. Human by human. We are not about us vs. them…This is simply about all of us coming together to do what needs to be done.
Here are the seven other chillingly powerful celebrity-narrated videos:
Meet Funani, a mom hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo, and her adorable newborn calf. Funani gave birth on March 23, 2015 and the baby hippo has spent the first days of his life nursing and learning to swim.
Baby hippos typically weigh around 50 pounds when they’re born and stay very close to their mothers for the first several weeks of their lives. In this video you can see momma Funani and her baby spending good quality time, bonding, playing and relaxing in the water.
Funani is a 30-year-old hippo who has raised four other calves at the San Diego Zoo, three females and a male. The sex of this new baby hippo has not yet been determined and won’t be until the staff and vets can get close enough.
No matter the sex, this baby hippo is heart-meltingly adorable. Watch the video to see just how cute he or she is!
“In the next 100 years, we could lose 50% of all species on Earth.” This message was one of many about wildlife conservation, projected onto building walls around Denver and Boulder, Colorado.
But this was no ordinary projector. These important messages were displayed by a projector-equipped Tesla car for the 2015 Boulder International Film Festival. This footage produced by Balcony Nine Media shows the electroluminescent-painted, electric car projecting facts about endangered species, as well as images and footage of them.
The purpose of the entire effort was to promote the film Racing Extinction, a a project of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) directed by Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos. The film features a team of activists and innovators partaking in a risky and bold task to save our planet’s threatened wildlife.
The film festival brought the projecting car to Colorado to illuminate Racing Extinction‘s important message in the hopes of inspiring the people of Denver and Boulder – and the world – to join in the mission and promote change for our wild cohabitants.
Also watch the trailer for Racing Extinction, below: