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Chimpanzees Would Cook if Given the Chance, Research Says

Would chimpanzees be interested in cooking their food? Would they have the patience to wait if given the opportunity? To find out these answers, how do you create a safe experiment that doesn't include fire or real co...

Flying a drone over Sudan’s 3,000 year old Nubian Pyramids

Present-day Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt does, smaller structures known as Nubian pyramids that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms. The first site of these royal tombs was in El-Kurru in no...

NASA: Satellite Tracks Saharan Dust to Amazon in 3-D

Watch 182 million tons of dust ride the wind out of Africa's Sahara Desert in 3D, as tracked from 2007 through 2013 by lidar, thanks to CALIPSO, the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation sa...

The Story of Jane Goodall and Her Chimps (2010)

When Jane Goodall was a little girl in the 1930s, she was given a chimpanzee stuffed animal. A constant companion, it and the books she read (Dr. Dolittle and Tarzan novels) fueled her love for both chimps and the Afr...

Fire & Ice: Mount Kenya’s Lost Glaciers, revisualized with fire

It was so cold, and the air so thin, on the mountain that even walking with his fire-rake for 20 minutes exhausted Norfolk completely. He was like a man lost on an island, pacing and waving a flame for help. But his c...

Wangari Maathai: “I will be a hummingbird”

The Story of the Hummingbird, as told by celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women's rights advocate, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai in this clip from Dirt! The Movie: We are co...

The Dance Hall: A-Z of African Dance

Azonto, bolo, coupé décalé, dialgati, ëpukay, flékélé, funana, gweta, hapingo, ikoku, jazzé, kizomba, logobi, mulay ceuguin, ndem, oriental, pantsula, rass, rimbaxpaxpax, sabar, skelewu, taracha, thiaxagün, vooga, wat...

Zaouli de Manfla: The Zaouli dance of the Ivory Coast, West Africa

Zaouli de Manfla, a mask dance from the Gouro or Kweni culture, filmed by African dance teacher Konan Kouakou David in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa. Of the tradition, he writes: Zaouli is a popular m...

The Great Pyramid of Giza was bright white & highly polished

Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza used to look very different from the way it does now. When it was first completed around 2560–2540 BC, the pyramid's original external walls of Tura limestone casing stones were sanded sm...

Bigger Than T. Rex: Spinosaurus

The water-loving Spinosaurus had a spiny "sail" on its back, and a crocodile-like head, neck and tail, but was much larger than the Tyrannosaurus Rex. At 50 feet long, it's the largest carnivore to walk (and swim) the...

The Perennial Plate: Ethiopia!

Travel to Ethiopia with the team at The Perennial Plate and see how injera, false banana, and coffee are made. In the archives, more Ethiopia, and more from The Perennial Plate.

The Black Egret’s Umbrella Trick

Attracting the fish and making them easier to spot in the shade, black egrets create a dome or umbrella shape as they walk carefully in the shallow water. During a 2010 outing, EarthTouch filmed a moment with nature's...

The Gathering Swarms: Sardine Run off the coast of South Africa

"The seasonal movement of billions of sardines along the coast of South Africa, the greatest fish migration on the planet..." Billions. In this clip from PBS' The Gathering Swarms, synchronous sardines are a constantl...

Elephant calf river rescue

When a six month old elephant calf gets pulled away in the strong current of Kenya's rain-swollen Ewaso Ng'iro river, its family has to quickly take action. Watch this amazing river rescue, filmed by tourist Sandy Gel...

The world’s craziest intersection: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa

Traffic at the world's craziest intersection: Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. No lights, no roundabout, no traffic cops, and lots of lucky people narrowly avoiding collisions of all kinds. Accor...

The Elephant Bird Egg

Watch young David Attenborough try to piece together a massive broken egg shell (given to him by locals) in this 1961 clip from Zoo Quest to Madagascar: The Elephant Bird Egg. The Elephant B...

BeetleCopter in the Serengeti

A few years ago, U.K. wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas started building a series of remote controlled DSLR camera vehicles as a DIY project. Named the BeetleCam, it’s now be...

Fearsome Teeth of the Gelada Baboon

In the mountains of Ethiopia, the BBC’s Steve Backshall and his Deadly 60 team track a group of graminivorous (grass-eating) gelada baboons to observe their amazing, lion-sized, canine tee...

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