Archives for December, 2010

Nat Geo Channel’s Top 10 of 2010: #8 — Most "What Were We Thinking?" Video

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…

Nat Geo Channel’s Top 10 of 2010: #9 — Most "I Can’t Stop Watching This!" Video

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…

Nat Geo Channel’s Top 10 of 2010: #10 — Most "I’m Not Sure I Can Watch This!" Video

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…