Tag Archives: BBC Earth Videos

Views: Top ‘Killer Whale Moments’ From BBC Earth

We’ve dug into the BBC Earth archives to bring you the very best Killer Whale moments released on the channel to date. Let us know in the comments below which is your favourite!

The killer whale or orca is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Killer whales have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. 

Wildlife: ‘Leopards’ – Top Moments From BBC Earth

We’ve dug into the BBC Earth archive to bring you the top 5 Leopard moments released on the channel to date. Let us know in the comments which is your favourite!

The leopard is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the Felidae. It occurs in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa, in small parts of Western and Central Asia, a small part of European Russia, and on the Indian subcontinent to Southeast and East Asia. 

Nature Views: ‘Glamorous Hummingbirds’ – David Attenborough (BBC Video)

This hummingbird has a spectacularly beautiful way to attract a mate.

The natural world is full of colours. For us, they are a source of beauty, but for animals they are a tool for survival. David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary ways in which animals use colour: to win a mate, to fight off rivals and to warn enemies.

Wildlife: The Hutia & Red Crabs Of Cuba (BBC Video)

Away from the burning glare of the Caribbean sun live some unusual animals. Cuba is home to the Hutia, a small dog sized rodent as well as plenty of marauding crabs!

Hutias are moderately large cavy-like rodents of the family Capromyidae that inhabit the Caribbean Islands. Twenty species of hutia have been identified but at least a third are extinct. 

Gecarcinus ruricola is a species of terrestrial crab. It is the most terrestrial of the Caribbean land crabs, and is found from western Cuba across the Antilles as far east as Barbados. Common names for G. ruricola include the purple land crab, black land crabred land crab, and zombie crab.

Wildlife: ‘Amazon Pigmy Geckos – The Unsinkable Lizard’ (BBC Earth Video)

This little pygmy gecko has an amazing superpower, that helps it survive in the wet season.

The Amazon pigmy gecko is a species of lizard in the Sphaerodactylidae family found in northern South America in Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Brazil, Ecuador, and northern Peru. 

Ecology: Benfits Of 50% Of Serengeti Grasslands Burning Each Year (Video)

After receiving twelve hours of solar energy every day, the Serengeti grasslands become a tinderbox, just waiting to be lit.

The vast majority of the African fires currently burning seem to be in grasslands, in exactly the places we expect to see fires at this time of year. These fires are usually lit by cattle farmers as part of their traditional management of the savannahs where their animals graze. Some fires are started to stimulate new growth of nutritious grass for their animals, others are used to control the numbers of parasitic ticks or manage the growth of thorny scrub.

Without fires, many savannahs (and the animals they support) wouldn’t exist, and lighting them is a key management activity in many of the iconic protected areas of Africa. For instance the Serengeti in Tanzania is known worldwide for its safari animals and awe-inspiring wildebeest migration – and our work shows that around half of its grasslands burn each year.