Tag archives for Nature

The Most Valuable Pearl in the World

The coveted pearl has been prevalent in human history since ancient Egypt and Rome, and has since remained a prized gem. Yet unlike its valuable counterparts such as gold, rubies, and diamonds, pearls are a precious jewel created by a living animal. Its formation is hypothesized, but the definitive process remains a mystery as the…

Exploring the Call of the Wild

For the first time ever, more than half of us live in cities; and by the year 2030, it is estimated that 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. We spend about 90% of our day indoors. But, switch on the TV and you’ll see an alternate universe where everyday people are…

Life Below Zero Is Back–And Up Here, Summer Is All About Winter

When the Ice Melts, the Work Begins With light returning across Alaska, our seasoned bush dwellers must venture across the thawing terrain, combating waking predators and unpredictable weather, to stake their claim on the limited summer harvest. The clock is ticking and the tasks surmounting, with each day bringing them closer to winter’s icy grip.…

Countdown to Safari Live

Big Cat Week is only one week away, and that means the return of Safari Live to broadcast! We checked in with Safari Live anchor Hayden Turner to see how things are going one year after the inaugural Safari Live broadcast, and he shared his excitement and what he hopes to inspire in viewers again…

Live Free or Die Returns Tonight For an All-New Season

Live Free or Die follows six members of a remote American subculture of self-proclaimed Primitives living in the backwoods, deserts, mountains and swamps across the country, without any of the conveniences of modern society. Freed from the constraints of a technology-fueled existence, they are modern-day pioneers who rely only on their skill and intuition to…

Who Runs the World? Pollinators

With all the attention given to big, charismatic animals—lions, tigers, elephants, and so on—you might think these creatures are the most important ones in nature. And, of course, they are important. But let’s not forget who is responsible for keeping the entire world running: these creatures, of course, are the pollinators. These winged insects and…

Knockout Punch: 5 Things You Missed On Ultimate Survival Alaska

With just two legs to go, the pressure’s on to snag one of the few remaining wins. On leg twelve, the teams are inserted onto a steep glacier, and race to the banks of a highland lake. At the insertion flag, they find a cache of inner tubes, planks, ropes, and other supplies. This leg,…

When Lions Open Car Doors on Safari

As a Senior Zookeeper working with dangerous animals for nearly a decade, me and my fellow keepers have had our fair share of close calls while working. In this video that has recently been gaining attention around the interwebs, we see an inquisitive lioness open a family’s car door while on safari in South Africa.…

Long Way Down: 5 Things You Missed On Ultimate Survival Alaska

Lost packs, missing shoes, bouts of the flu, disgruntled team members – the Ultimate Survival Alaska teams have battled through all types of setbacks this season. Luckily, they’ve managed to avoid serious injury. But that changed on the eleventh leg of the competition, where the teams were dropped high in the Alaska Range, tasked with descending…

Covert Ops: 5 Things You Missed On Ultimate Survival Alaska

After nine grueling legs of survival, the four teams of Ultimate Survival Alaska are headed toward the coast of Afognak Island. In the tenth stretch of the competition, the teams must reach the LZ by land or by sea. Over land, teams can climb a desolate peak or brave bear country in the lowlands, while the ocean route promises strong tidal…