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From BBC’s Human Planet, watch Mongolian horsemen herd wild horses in order to first catch foals, and then wild mares for their milk.

Mongolia’s 2.4 million people are semi-nomadic and the horse is a huge part of their culture. The animals are key for travel, herding, hunting, and sport. From the American Musuem of Natural History

In the words of a herder who lives outside Ulaanbataar, Mongolia’s capital, “We Mongols respect horse as our companion of night and day. The horse is the source of joy and pride of a Mongolian herder. And we are nothing without our horses.”

Beyond Ulaanbataar, the horse is still the main means of transportation. Mongolian children learn to ride when they are as young as three years old. Horse racing is a favorite sport, and young children are often the jockeys, as the Mongolians believe the race tests the horse’s ability, not the rider’s.

Related watching: National Geographic Kids hosts this video about a horse race for Mongolian kids during the annual Festival of Naadam.

In the archives: watch how Mongolian gers are assembled.

Watch how Lar Gibbon named Siam crosses a suspension bridge at Monkeyland, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. via Daily Picks and Flicks.

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world’s first free roaming primate sanctuary, home to over 500 primates all living together in 30 acres of forest. Species at the sanctuary include gibbons, capuchins, squirrel monkeyshowler monkeys, saki monkeys, vervet monkeys, langurs, ring-tailed lemurs and black and white ruffed lemurs.

Take a video tour to see Monkeyland in action: 

If you saw the tension-filled, unedited, almost 13-minute performance of Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque artist Maedir Eugster on Japanese television a few weeks ago — and if you haven’t, you should — then this will look familiar: Balance is a short film by photographer/director Tobias Hutzler, inspired by Eugster’s performance. The edits remove some of the suspense of the act, but tell the story a bit more succinctly.

Watch more performances in the archives.