Archives for December, 2010

The Great Sperm Race GameOne of the best-slash-most hilarious moments in my professional life thus far would definitely have to be when a male co-worker of mine shouted from his desk, “I made it to the cervix!” I’m pretty sure if that happened in any other office setting, he would have been shot some nasty…

Great Migrations 3D Migration GlobeWhere are those zebras going?  Did you happen to see a herd of elephants go past? Questions like these don’t come up often, but when they do, it’s wise to be prepared. Get the in-depth info you’ll need to answer animal-migration inquiries likes these with the Great Migrations 3D Migration Globe.…

Lost Gold of the Dark Ages Treasure ViewerWho hasn’t dreamt of winning the Mega Millions? However, at least for me, this dream of becoming an instant millionaire always revolves around a gas station and a lotto ticket. For one man, his millionaire status came by way of a metal detector.  But far more important than the dollar…

Observing Monkeys

Deep in the tropical jungle wilderness of Gabon, red capped mangabeys swing through the trees and roam across the forest floor. This primate species is only found in a small area of central Africa, and very little is known about them. The red capped mangabey has unique markings, including a dark face, tufts of red…

Known Universe Solar-System BuilderIf you’ve ever wanted wreak havoc on a solar-system wide scale, have we got the online interactive experience for you!  Fling planets into wayward orbits, create a life-sustaining earth and then smash it into a neighboring gas giant, or maybe just maybe, build a nice, calm stellar backyard with planets settled into…

Into the Lost Crystal Caves Photo Gallery Into the Lost Crystal Caves takes us nearly 1,000 feet below Earth’s surface in Naica, Mexico. These explorers have to wear specialized ice suits in order to keep their body temperature down, b/c in this cave the humidity is 100%. It is an incredible sight and amazing that…

Bee Infestation

© Spectrum Field Productions, LLC / Matthew Williams More than ten thousand people visit Billie Swamp Safari every month to get closer to the wildlife of the Everglades. But a swarm of bees have moved into a rental cabin, and the park staff need to move these insects out safely and swiftly. Bees live in…

Iguanas in the Everglades

Green iguanas are originally from Mexico and South America, but came to the United States in a number of ways. They stowed away on ships, escaped from private homes, were intentially released by exotic pet owners, or were brought to the States through natural disasters (like hurricanes). These reptiles are primarily herbivores, feeding on leaves,…

Endangered Gorillas

© Nat Geo Wild It’s possible that 100,000 endangered western lowland gorillas live in the lush, dense forests of the Congo Basin. But because of the thick rainforest habitat, it’s difficult for scientists to estimate how many of these animals are left in the wild. And since illegal hunting, logging and outbreaks of disease threaten…

Zebra Migration MockumentarySo, maybe I’m a little biased b/c Roy, my inflatable pet zebra, was one of the stars, but I’m still going to go ahead and give it up for the Zebra Migrations Spoof as the best mockumentary of all time, I mean..in 2010. Sometimes the perks of working at such a cool company…

2012 Apocalypse Featuring “The Dude”If some intrepretations of ancient Mayan prophecy are to be believed, we have about two years to get our planetary affairs in order before the Mayan calendar stops short on December 21st 2012, causing global cataclysm and the end of life as we know it (hello pole shift!). So, if you believed the…

Communal Hibernation


In areas where winters are especially cold and harsh, certain animals have adapted to survive the chilliest conditions by hibernating. But as available hibernation sites may be limited in these zones, some species gather together in dens, caves, trees, cavities and burrows to fall into a deep winter slumber. By slipping into a state of…

Giraffe Anatomy

The giraffe is the tallest of all the animal kingdom, growing up to 18 feet in height. Giraffes are megaherbivores – a group that includes elephants and hippos – and they’ve evolved to survive their dangerous habitat of prowling big cats and competing herbivores. The giraffe has a relatively narrow body, long legs, spotted coat,…

Crocodile Relocation

© Nat Geo Wild For the past twelve years, Billie Swamp Safari – an animal part run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida – has cared for four Nile crocodiles. But now it’s time to relocate them into a more permanent habitat outside the park. But catching these African reptiles is a complicated and dangerous task. Many…

Aerial Survey of Whale Sharks

Just off the northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula is the largest whale shark aggregation site in the world. And marine biologists are conducting regular aerial surveys of this feeding zone to document key information about these wild ocean travelers…. According to Dr. Alistair Dove, Senior Scientist at the Georgia Aquarium, aerial surveys compliment other…

Wild Justice: Woman Goes Berserk Over Missing PipeThis little doozy comes from our awesome new series Wild Justice. There are so many elements of this clip that are absolutely mind-boggling. For starters, the poacher in question kills with a bow and arrow. Second, he practices his archery next to a playground… his target is literally in…

Great Migrations: Baby Wildebeest Pulled Under by Giant CrocIf you’re anything like me, you watched Great Migrations both in awe and in Crazytown as you shouted at the cameramen from your living room to intervene and save all the baby animals. Who could forget the scene that feels like it was plucked straight out of…

Nat Geo Channel’s Top Ten for 2010

Using a robotic vacuum cleaner, an electrified dart-board and our inside access to top chimpanzee behaviorists, we devised a method for selecting the 10 coolest examples of Nat Geo Channel online content from the past year. Fortunately, while no useful selections were returned, the resulting incident did no permanent damage to the chimpanzee behaviorists, and…

Alligator Alcatraz

© Spectrum Field Productions, LLC Deep in the heart of Seminole Country in Florida’s Everglades, there’s a privately-owned animal park that serves to educate others about the wildest aspects of North America: Billie Swamp Safari. And sometimes a massive alligator will lurk beneath the airboat dock where visitors gather for swamp and wildlife tours. It’s…

History of the Domesticated Cat

© Mark Knobil / NGT The cat: a mysterious creature, at once loving and aloof. As a species, cats are proven survivors – they thrive on the islands of Antarctica, alongside giant lizards in the Galapagos and as urban scavengers in the world’s biggest cities. Across the globe, there are more than 600 million domestic…

Surviving Summer

© Aquavision TV Productions cc In August, Zambia’s Luangwa River becomes an unsettling battleground as both hunter and hunted struggle to survive. Animals are pushed to their limits as they endure the blistering sun, high temperatures, receeding rivers and lack of water. And hippos, lions and crocodiles are forced together in an area of just…

Giant Snakes

© David Hamlin/NGT&F A “super snake” is a serpent of our nightmares. A massive, writhing cold-blooded tube of 10,000 muscles, capable of delivering 9,000 pounds of pressure, growing to lengths of over 30 feet and weighing over 300 pounds. Giant snakes – such as the green anaconda or reticulated python – have a slow metabolism…

Fierce Monitor Lizards

Cold-blooded monitor lizards, like all reptiles, enjoy quiet moments of sunbathing. But it’s also in these tranquil daylight hours that monitor lizards exercise their firece hunting skills by running after prey, slashing at them with razor-sharp teeth and long claws. Monitor lizards generally feed on frogs, birds, snakes, crabs, fish, squirrels and other small animals, often…

Baboon Society

Among the forested islands and wildlife-rich floodplains of Botswana lies the highest concentration of baboons in Africa. Get an inside look into the heart of baboon society.Swamp of the Baboons premieres Thursday December 16 at 8P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild. Meet some of the baboons… Boro: The Alpha When we join the swamp troop, Boro is…

  The National Geographic Channel is sad to learn that Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was killed in the line of duty on December 15, 2010 after being shot during an encounter with several suspects near Nogales, Arizona    Border Wars, the series, serves to remind our viewers of the many dangers uniformed agents…