BIG CAT RESCUE:  Big Cat Playtime!

Cameron the male African Lion and Zabu the female white tiger love each other very much and love “playtime” where they can be very goofy big cats!

Learn more about Big Cat Rescue’s “odd couple” - watch their video bio here: Youtube

* We do not breed our cats at the sanctuary for life in a cage, Cameron was given a vasectomy and Zabu was spayed to prevent them from breeding and producing ligers. You can read more about ligers here: BCR - Ligers

WEBSITE: http://www.bigcatrescue.org

Big Cat Rescue:  Wild Cats vs. Toilet Paper

Do wild species of cats (servals/bobcats/lynx/ocelots) like to destroy toilet paper like their domestic cousins?

BIG CAT TV is a close look into our day-to-day operations, the conservation efforts we support, and the 100+ feline residents of “Big Cat Rescue” in Tampa, FL. USA. Big Cat Rescue is an educational non-breeding sanctuary and a registered non-profit 501c3 so your donations are tax deductible!

Website: http://bigcatrescue.org

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Monkton Road Wildlife Crossing:

The Race to Save Our Salamanders

As this Indiegogo campaign unfolds, an ancient spring ritual is taking place throughout the Northern Hemisphere – the emergence of amphibians from their winter habitat to their breeding pools.  adly, one of the largest and most diverse amphibian populations in the northeastern United States must cross an increasingly busy road – which makes this site also one of the most threatened in the northeast. 

For years, scores of volunteers have mobilized during peak movement times in the town of Monkton, Vermont in order to assist one of the larger known and most diverse populations of amphibians in the region to cross a busy road.  Despite the dedicated efforts of volunteers, more than 50% of the animals migrating across this stretch of road are getting killed during the annual journey between their upland habitat and vital wetlands where they reproduce. 

As a result, a regionally significant population of amphibians is in peril of extirpation.  Traffic rates on this once-rural road are increasing at a rate that has biologists convinced that, without an infrastructure solution, this population will surely die out… 

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YOUR INNER FISH | Tritheledont | PBS

The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada, is home not only to the world’s largest tides, but also to some incredibly important fossils. Paleontologist Neil Shubin describes one particularly striking specimen from these cliffs: an animal in the midst of the reptile-to-mammal transition.

YOUR INNER FISH premieres Wednesday, April 9 at 10/9c following NATURE at 8/7c and NOVA at 9/8c as part of PBS’ THINK WEDNESDAY.

SLOW LIFE

"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives…

(read more: Vimeo)

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Arundhati Roy:  Capitalism - A Ghost Story

Acclaimed novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy used the release spoke at New York City’s New School on Wednesday night about her new book, “Capitalism: A Ghost Story.” The work, which will be released in April by Haymarket books, examines the “dark side of Democracy in India,” according to its publisher.

Roy’s debut novel, “The God of Small Things,” won the esteemed Booker prize in 1997, and she’s since established herself as one of the world’s important political activists. 

The New School talk was a conversation with Indian author Siddharta Deb and was livestreamed in front of a sold out audience.

(via: Colorlines.com)

PBS:  Your Inner Fish - LUCY

Fossils of human ancestors from millions of years ago can be found in the rocks of Ethiopia. Paleontologist Don Johanson recounts his discovery of one iconic fossil, and the impact it had on our understanding of where we come from.

YOUR INNER FISH premieres Wednesday, April 9 at 10/9c following NATURE at 8/7c and NOVA at 9/8c as part of PBS’ THINK WEDNESDAY.

YOUR INNER FISH | Our Fishy Brains | PBS

While the human brain may seem exceptional, the truth is that it has some deep similarities with many other animals’, including fish. Anatomist Neil Shubin dissects a fish brain and a human brain and shows us how much we have in common with sea-dwelling creatures.

YOUR INNER FISH premieres Wednesday, April 9 at 10/9c following NATURE at 8/7c and NOVA at 9/8c as part of PBS’ THINK WEDNESDAY.

Painted Stone: Asteroids in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

from Alex Parker

Over 100,000 asteroids and their colors, as seen by a single remarkable survey telescope.

This animation shows the orbital motions of over 100,000 of the asteroids observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), with colors illustrating the compositional diversity measured by the SDSS five-color camera. The relative sizes of each asteroid are also illustrated.

All main-belt asteroids and Trojan asteroids with orbits known to high precision are shown. The animation is rendered with a timestep of 3 days. The compositional gradient of the asteroid belt is clearly visible, with green Vesta-family members in the inner belt fading through the blue C-class asteroids in the outer belt, and the deep red Trojan swarms beyond that…

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Laysan Albatross Practicing Courtship - 02/25/2014

The afternoon for our Laysan albatross nestling started with a quick feed from the male parent Kaluakane. What happened afterwards was a surprise; two banded non-breeding albatross (K405 and K256) were caught on the cam practicing courtship in front of our nestling. An un-banded non-breeder also joins in the dance. This clip shows highlights from the courtship, the entire event continued for almost 30 minutes.

To watch the Laysan Albatross cam live visit:

http://allaboutbirds.org/albatrosscam

For regular updates see our Twitter feed:

http://twitter.com/AlbatrossCam