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The Nature of Things Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants

What many people do not realize about giraffes is that these iconic creatures of wild Africa, with their long necks, cinnamon spotted coats, flirty lashes and loping gait are disappearing at an alarming rate. Two hundred years ago there were a million giraffes, in 2000 there were 140,000 roaming Africa’s plains. Now, 15 years later, their numbers have plummeted to ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/20/2015

1000 Days for the Planet The Victims of Palm Oil

Large-scale deforestation of tropical forests for palm oil production is a growing problem that threatens the survival of huge numbers of animals and plants, many already on the verge of extinction. In Indonesia almost two million hectares of forest disappear every year. That's equivalent to six football fields being flattened every minute. Oil from palm trees is currently found in ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2015

1000 Days for the Planet Cyanide-laced Fish and Other Tasty Hazards

The waters of Indonesia teem with a huge variety of fish but the rapid degradation of coral reefs is threatening many species that are unique in the world. Illegal practices such as blast fishing and cyanide fishing are enormously destructive. The demand for live capture of exotic fish is a real threat to the future of many species. Exported for ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2015

1000 Days for the Planet Global Climate Disruption

The Galapagos Archipelago is a model of conservation in the Pacific Ocean. Its remarkable diversity of marine species is explained by the upwelling of cold ocean currents. But an increasingly common climatic anomaly occurring far out to sea is killing life. It's El Niño. Scientists believe that climate change could cause the frequency and severity of this climatic phenomenon to ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2015

1000 Days for the Planet Sumatra’s Elephants

The Indonesian island of Sumatra is home to one of the most critically endangered animals on the planet: the Sumatran elephant. But the wholesale destruction of tropical forests has wiped out their natural habitat. Even National Parks, created to protect the few remaining elephants, tigers, and orangutans are overrun with poachers. In a move to prevent their extinction, the World ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2015

1000 Days for the Planet Hunting the Sperm Whale

The village of Lamalera in Indonesia is one of the last places on earth where whaling is allowed. For over 600 years, villagers have hunted whales and dolphins. It is subsistence hunting, authorized by the international community because it has always been done in the traditional manner in rowboats. But in recent years the outboard motor has altered their hunting ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2015

1000 Days for the Planet The Last Orangutans of Sumatra

On the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, an iconic species is barely hanging on. Orangutans are considered critically endangered. The massive wave of deforestation for oil palm production shows no sign of slowing down. Theoretically protected, the island's precious peat lands are being chewed up. Whole forests are set on fire killing every living thing in this paradise of biodiversity. ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2015

1000 Days for the Planet Komodo Dragons

The island of Komodo in Indonesia looks like a lost paradise. But watch your step! A strange animal that can dispatch a goat or a person in two seconds flat is the dominant predator: the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on earth. Incredibly, they live in close proximity to the islanders who subscribe to an ancient legend that says the ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2015

1000 Days for the Planet Gibbon Rescue

Gibbons are small tree-dwelling monkeys with no real predators. But in Indonesia where the native forests are being ravaged by oil palm production, young gibbons are often captured and kept as pets. When they reach sexual maturity, at around 7 years of age, and become aggressive they are either killed or caged in deplorable conditions. A remarkable young Frenchman, Aurélien ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2015

The Fifth Estate Cruel Camera

As long as they've made movies, animals have been killed or injured to do it. In a landmark investigation over 25 years ago,The Fifth Estate's Bob McKeown uncovered an uncomfortable, even shocking, reality about moviemaking — animals, intentionally put in harm's way, abused, often killed to create the kind of cinematic excitement that draws a crowd. As well,The Fifth Estatefound ...
  • 2009
  • 00:42:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/27/2014

1000 Days for the Planet The Turtles of Costa Rica

Turtles are among the most ancient inhabitants of the oceans. For millennia, various species of turtle have returned to beaches to lay their eggs. But an age-old family tradition is starting to jeopardize the future of Costa Rica's turtles. For years, families have divided up the beaches and harvested the precious eggs for their personal consumption.
  • 2013
  • 00:45:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

1000 Days for the Planet The Manatees of Belize

The lagoons of Belize are home to a strange sea creature, one that mythology has long associated with the mermaid. A marine mammal more closely related to the elephant than to the whale, it has nails on its fins, nipples on its body and a trunk-like nasal protuberance. This odd creature is the manatee. Threatened worldwide, manatees are herbivores that ...
  • 2013
  • 00:45:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

1000 Days for the Planet The Last Jaguars and the Last Frogs

Hidden among the forests of Central America is one of the most spectacular felines on the planet: the jaguar. In a private reserve in Costa Rica, scientists use photo-identification to study the big cats' movements. However, this species needs huge territories in order to breed, and the conversion of forest into farmland has fragmented these territories and is beginning to ...
  • 2013
  • 00:45:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

1000 Days for the Planet The Cayman Islands: Struggle for Survival

In the Cayman Islands, the huge population explosion is destabilizing essential habitats for endemic species. Among them, the rarest large lizard on the planet: the blue iguana. Only a few dozen individuals remained when biologist Fred Burton decided to dedicate his life to preserving the species, which was once considered extinct in the wild.
  • 2013
  • 00:45:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

1000 Days for the Planet Sloths

The sloth is a strange animal that spends most of its life hanging from branches in treetops. It takes a good eye to spot these camouflage artists, but biologist Bryson Voirin has spent his life studying them. He equips them with radio collars to track their movements on Barro Colorado Island, the world's foremost tropical forest research centre, located in ...
  • 2013
  • 00:45:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

1000 Days for the Planet The Song of the Humpback

Humpback whales have one of the most complex songs of all animals. Scientists do not yet know exactly what they mean, but males sing vigorously during the breeding season on Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic.
  • 2013
  • 00:45:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

1000 Days for the Planet The Sharks of Cocos Island

Located off the coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is one of the most spectacular diving sites in the world. But the abundance of sharks in protected marine reserves attracts poachers. Though park rangers are watchful, illegal fishing boats enter the reserve at night to fish for sharks and other fish.
  • 2013
  • 00:46:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

1000 Days for the Planet Great Oceanic Migrators

This episode focuses on the ocean’s great migrator and tells the tale of one of humanity’s most important conservation victories – the recovery of the humpback whale. In the Dominican Republic, scientists are trying to solve the mystery of this species’ migratory routes. But new dangers, such as plastic pollution, now threaten the health of our oceans. A new “garbage patch” ...
  • 2013
  • 00:50:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2014

1000 Days for the Planet Peril at Sea

This episode explores the unsustainable exploitation of our oceans by the fishing industry. Aboard a long-liner, the crew of the Sedna IV films the daily lives of these fishers who catch sharks and other large ocean predators. Today, this industry depends on the lucrative Asian shark fin market which is threatening shark populations worldwide. Sharks and turtles are among the ...
  • 2013
  • 00:50:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2014

1000 Days for the Planet Mission Biodiversity

This episode takes us to Central America where many animal species have trouble coexisting with humans, their survival threatened by habitat loss. The recovery of the blue iguana in the Cayman Islands and the discovery of new potential habitats for the pygmy three-toed sloth, two critically endangered species, are important victories for scientists. But the poaching of jaguars and sea ...
  • 2013
  • 00:50:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/21/2014

News in Review - March 1991 The Bay Stops Selling Fur

The Bay's decision to stop selling fur is the point of departure for reviewing the role of the fur trade in the development of Canada. The arguments for and against the fur trade are also examined.
  • 1991
  • 00:09:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/15/1991

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