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Siberian tigers

Imagine a world where the only place Siberian tigers lived was in captivity. Watch this clip to learn more about the natural habitat of Siberian tigers and the things that threaten their survival in the wild. Chinese scientists are breeding this endangered species in captivity and zoologist, Liu Dan, explains his hope that ...

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Polar bear survival

Do you know what is threatening the survival of the world's largest land carnivore? Watch this clip of a polar bear as it moves across the Arctic ice, and find out about what is happening in its icy world. The World Wildlife Fund's Margaret Williams explains the feeding habits and adaptations of the polar bear, and identifies ...

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It's all in the trunk

Elephants are large, but how large? See how heavy a bull elephant is when its mass is described in numbers of cars or people. An elephant's trunk is a wonderful adaptation - a perfect tool. See why! Find out how elephants communicate using everything from loud trumpeting to low-frequency rumbles.

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Elephant evolution

The elephant, the largest land mammal, is believed to have evolved from an aquatic pig-like animal. Many of its ancestors, such as the woolly mammoth, have become extinct, but three species of elephants remain. Find out to which marine animals elephants are thought to be closely related.

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Goodbye, tiger

Do you know the locations of native tiger populations around the world? Surprisingly, Africa is not one of them! See how tiger populations have decreased worldwide over about the last 100 years. Find out why tiger populations are dwindling and that some species of tiger are already extinct.

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Growing apples

Do you like eating apples? This clip shows where apples are grown. Learn how the apple farmer (orchardist) looks after the apple trees so they can grow lots of healthy fruit.

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Antarctica

The first recorded expedition to Antarctica was in 1821. It was a place where no human lived. Thanks to the work of explorers and scientists we know a lot about the frozen continent.

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What have we got here: yabbies

This four and a half minute snapshot video looks at Yingka or outback yabbies. The video explores the feeding requirements and biology of the yabby including its anatomy, colouring, preferred habitat and role in the ecosystem. It also explains how to catch yabbies. The video is one of ten in the series 'What have we got ...

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What have we got here: emus

This three minute snapshot video briefly looks at the iconic Australian native animal, the emu or Ngurri. The video highlights some key points related to the biology of the world’s third largest bird, including their breeding habits and a novel way to attract them. The video is one of ten in the series 'What have we got ...

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Field guide to Victorian Fauna - iTunes app

View descriptions of Victorian fauna together with maps of distribution, images and endangered species rating. Animals are grouped by mammals, reptiles, fishes, amphibians, birds or insects and other invertebrates. Info pages include images and animal sounds. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Elephant tusks: blessing or curse?

Did you know that an elephant's tusks are its teeth? Tusks are a useful tool. See how elephants use them for foraging and digging or as weapons. Unfortunately, tusks are highly prized by hunters. Find out how the trade in elephant tusks (ivory) impacts the elephant population. What is being done to protect these majestic animals?

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Murray River crayfish

What is a 'baited remote underwater video station'? Often the most innovative scientific research is used to identify living things under the threat of extinction. Watch this clip to learn more about the shy but curious Murray River crayfish and the scientists intent on ensuring its survival.

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Working hard to save a rare cockatoo

Conservation-minded volunteers have been planting trees near Hume, NSW, to help re-establish a continuous habitat for the Glossy Black Cockatoo. This rare species is currently listed as vulnerable in the ACT and NSW. Find out about this cockatoo and how a dedicated band of volunteers is helping to provide the habitat it needs.

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Antarctica

The first recorded expedition to Antarctica was in 1821. It was a place where no human lived. Thanks to the work of explorers and scientists we know a lot about the frozen continent.

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Animal habitats: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

In this series of activities, students investigate animal habitats. They learn that habitats are places that provide many of the needs of living things and so contribute to their survival.

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Skin and scales, feathers and fur

This collection of media resources focuses on the features of a variety of animals and how these features help the animals meet their needs for food, shelter and safety from predators.

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Field guide to South Australian Fauna - Google Play app

View descriptions of South Australian fauna together with maps of distribution, images and endangered species rating. Animals are grouped by mammals, reptiles, fishes, amphibians, birds or insects and other invertebrates. Info pages include images and animal sounds. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Field Guide to Tasmanian Fauna - Google Play app

View descriptions of Tasmanian fauna together with maps of distribution, images and endangered species rating. Animals are grouped by mammals, reptiles, fishes, amphibians, birds or insects and other invertebrates. Info pages include images and animal sounds. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Field Guide to Tasmanian Fauna - iTunes app

View descriptions of Tasmanian fauna together with maps of distribution, images and endangered species rating. Animals are grouped by mammals, reptiles, fishes, amphibians, birds or insects and other invertebrates. Info pages include images and animal sounds. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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What have we got here: Darling River song

This five minute video is a performance of a song inspired by the Darling River: the history of the river as well as the personal reflections of the singer. The lyrics of the song take the listener on a journey through concepts relevant to the river and its catchment such as human impacts, development by the Europeans, ...