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Wildlife: The Alpine Ibex – Return From Extinction

The ibex is the king of the Alps, famed for its curved horns and extreme climbing skills. But for centuries, these mountain goats were hunted by humans – to the very brink of extinction. A royal hunting reserve in Italy saved the Alpine ibex, but is climate change now threatening them all over again? We tell the story of their remarkable comeback and ask what the future might hold.

The Alpine ibex, also known as the steinbock, bouquetin, or simply ibex, is a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps. It is a sexually dimorphic species: males are larger and carry longer, curved horns than females. Its coat colour is typically brownish grey. 

Views: How Sperm Whales Outsmarted Hunters

The sperm whale is the world’s largest toothed predator. It also has the biggest brain of any animal on earth.. This mind has helped them outwit their natural predators, but what happened when sperm whales came up against humans?

The sperm whale or cachalot is the largest of the toothed whales and the largest toothed predator. It is the only living member of the genus Physeter and one of three extant species in the sperm whale family, along with the pygmy sperm whale and dwarf sperm whale of the genus Kogia. 

African Views: Lions Hunt Buffalo In Tanzania

In Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, water is hard to come by in the dry season. Without it, animals like buffalo will die. And so they’ll do anything for a drink – even take on a pride of hungry lions.

In stunning footage of an exciting chase, we show you lions’ hunting techniques – and how it’s possible even for these experienced predators to make mistakes. Who will be the winner in the end?

Wildlife Insider: ‘The Archerfish – A Master Hunter With Physics’

The mangroves of Sri Lanka are home to a very special resident. The archerfish might not look that powerful, but it can fire watery arrows to take down its prey from up to two meters away. In this video, we’ll show you the archerfish’s unique hunting strategy, which also involves an astonishing grasp of physics and math. Behind those dual-action eyes, complex calculations are going on…

Marine Wildlife: ‘Crabs, Eels & Octopuses’ Off The Coast Of Brazil (Video)

On the wild and windy coast of Brazil, survival is a tricky business. As well as evading giant waves and changing tides, Sally Lightfoot crabs are ambushed by eels and octopuses.

The journey to their feeding grounds is fraught with danger – even for a creature that can walk on water. In unique footage of these incredible crustaceans, we show you how Sally Lightfoot crabs eat, escape and survive in these harsh conditions – and where they may have got their name. Check out our World’s Weirdest Animals playlist for more amazing creatures and don’t forget to subscribe and hit the alert button to keep up with our latest content!

Wildlife: Saving The ‘Skywalker Gibbon’ Of Southwest China (Video)

Deep in a cloud forest far, far away are the planet’s last remaining Skywalker gibbons. These small members of the apes family were only identified in 2017 (by, you guessed it, a Star Wars fan), but already they’re endangered.

Now, researchers in south-west China have developed an ingenious technique for getting gibbons from different territories to meet and form a partnership – these Skywalkers mate for life. Join us to see how technology can be used as a Force for good to help protect this vanishing species.

Scientists announced the discovery of a new species of primate, the skywalker hoolock gibbon (Hoolock tianxing), in the American Journal of Primatology on Tuesday. The scientists named it skywalker because the Chinese characters for its scientific name translate to “heaven’s movement”—but also because they’re fans of Star Warsaccording to the BBC.

Nature: ‘From Caterpillar To Butterfly – How Metamorphosis Works’

Metamorphosis is one of the most common but fascinating miracles of nature. An astonishing 80% of the insect world undergoes the process, but perhaps none is more iconic than the butterfly. 🦋 From pinhead-sized eggs glued to the top of a leaf, right through to the unveiling of her majestic new wings, we delve into the development of a painted lady butterfly, the world’s most widely travelled insect.