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The Bat Volcano of Calakmul, Mexico

The Bat Volcano of Calakmul, Mexico is not actually a volcano, and it might be more like a tornado, but it's famously called Volcán de los Murciélagos. In Calakmul, there's a limestone cave full of almost four million...

Why do animals form swarms?

When many individual organisms come together and move as one entity, that’s a swarm. From a handful of birds to billions of insects, swarms can be almost any size. They have no leader, and members interact only with t...

Becoming Visible: Shattering stereotypes & misconceptions in science

The University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History celebrated 100 years of inspiring people to care about life on Earth in 2017. To mark the closing of an era and the beginning of a new century, UF News pro...

How the Animal Kingdom Sleeps & How Animals See the World – Animalism

Sleep is universal in the animal kingdom, but each species slumbers in a different — and often mysterious — way. Some animals snooze with half their brain, while others only sleep for two hours a day (without even suf...

Whispering, Walking Bats Are Onto Something

Bats have a brilliant way to find prey in the dark: echolocation. But to many of the moths they eat, that natural sonar is as loud as a jet engine. So some bats have hit on a sneakier, scrappier way to hunt. See ho...

Why is it so hard to catch a fly? A visit to The Robot Zoo

Why is it so hard to catch a fly? Maddie Moate and Greg Foot visit the Horniman Museum's Robot Zoo in London to answer that curious question and a few other questions with help from some delightful robot animal counte...

Vampire Bats: Bloodthirsty … and Cuddly – Skunk Bear

In this Skunk Bear episode, Adam Cole travels to 'bat paradise' (also known as the country of Panama) to meet with May Dixon and Dr. Gerry Carter of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. There he gets a close l...

How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

In this Vox video from Joss Fong and Dion Lee, we get a look at the technological changes that have influenced how the BBC creates their world-renowned nature documentaries. Compare the groundbreaking access of the ve...

Bats flip like Tony Hawk to land upside down

Like pirouetting figure skaters, twisting high divers, or a skateboarder trying to land a 900, bats use inertia to flip upside down before they land. Brown University evolutionary biologists Sharon Swartz and Kenneth ...

Filming bats with slow motion & thermal cameras

Studying bats can be smelly and messy, but bat biologist Nickolay Hristov explains why he finds his job to be such an exhilarating endeavor. As he attends to high speed cameras at a cave mouth in South Central Texas, ...

Marion Deuchars’ Let’s Make some Great Fingerprint Art

Not only do we love this short promo by Animade.tv for Marion Deuchars' book Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art, but we like the book, too. In the tradition of Ed Emberley, Deuchars inspires kids (and adults) to in...

Baby Bat Burritos at the Australian Bat Clinic

This is just some of what the Australian Bat Clinic does to care for orphaned baby bats: feeding, grooming, attending to their medical needs, and making them feel warm and safe by wrapping them like a ridiculously cut...

The Bat Emergence at Bracken Cave in the Texas Hill Country

Watch an estimated 20 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats (tadarida brasiliensis) swirl up, up, and out of Bracken Bat Cave in this comprehensive report by Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips. We also get a peek inside t...

Anatomy of Preservation: From a Specimen to an Object of Study

How do zoologists learn about the anatomy of different animals? And how do they display these specimens in the museums for us to observe and learn from? Watch the detailed deconstruction and reconstruction of a Jamaic...

The Old Mill, a Walt Disney Silly Symphony (1937)

The Old Mill, the ground-breaking, Academy Award winning Walt Disney Silly Symphonies cartoon from 1937. Like many of the later Silly Symphonies, The Old Mill was a testing-ground for advanced animation techniques. M...

The Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat has a crazy-long tongue

The Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat and the flower of the plant species Centropogon Nigricans, both of Ecuador, are very unique. Why? Because without this specific bat to pollinate this specific flower...

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

The Hidden Beauty of Pollination. You’ve seen this video before. It was a part of Louie Schwartzberg’s TED Talk in 2011, but frankly, it’s so amazing that it’s worth wat...

How volunteers hand-raised an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat

Lil’ Drac is an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat. This video tells the story of how volunteers at Bat World Sanctuary in Mineral Wells, Texas hand-raised Lil’ Drac from a baby to a ...

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