National Geographic strives to offer intelligent, relevant and captivating non-fiction entertainment, and Nat Geo WILD showcases world-class wildlife specials and series like, “Savage Kingdom,” “Mission Critical,” “Destination Wild,” and the annual Big Cat Week programming event.
This collection of Nat Geo WILD video clips pairs with materials on conservation, endangered species, habitats, and human-environment interactions to help you teach the next generation of explorers, scientists, or innovators.
The Borneo Rhino Alliance joins forces with Sabah’s government in their urgent mission to find a female Sumatran Rhino in 160 square miles of the dense Danum Valley rainforests to ensure the survival of this critically endangered species.
Veterinarian Dr. Zainal Zainuddin and wildlife biologist Dr. John Payne team up in the struggle to save the Sumatran rhino from extinction.
One year old pandas, Shenbin and Gongzhu, learn skills pandas need in the wild. Using their flexible limbs and specialized claws, they climb trees to hide from predators they may encounter in the wild.
Wolong Panda Center carefully trains young pandas to one day live in the wild.
The endangered Tasmanian devil is an apex carnivore, and without this scavenger, the entire island ecosystem of Tasmania would suffer a loss of biodiversity.
Devil facial tumor disease is a form of transferable cancer that harms Tasmanian devil populations by causing tumors to grow around the face interfering with feeding patterns and eventually leading to starvation.
Scientists have begun to study the effectiveness of vaccines against devil facial tumor disease by trapping healthy uninfected devils, administering vaccines, and then releasing the animals back into the wild.
Wildlife filmmaker Adrian Steirn and his team persevere despite technical difficulties and place camera traps in Hirkan National Park, Azerbaijan, to increase the odds of photographing one of the world’s rarest big cat, the Caucasian Leopard.
After sorting through hours of footage with nothing to show, the chances of proving Caucasian Leopards still roam the hills on the Azerbaijan-Iran border comes down to filmmaker Adrian Steirn's last camera.
The Outer Banks, barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, are home to horses descended from Spanish mustangs. To survive on these islands, the horses dig for freshwater and swim from island to island in search of fresh grazing areas.
A nighttime display can be seen in the Caribbean reefs as special proteins in some corals absorb harmful UV light and emit light of a different wavelength.
Five million years ago, tectonic forces formed what are now known as the South Sandwich Islands. Over time, geologic changes have transformed the waters of the South Atlantic to accommodate one of the largest penguin colonies in the world.
Meet the babirusa, one of the world’s strangest looking and rarest mammals. Watch this video for more about the daily life of this Indonesian oddity.
Travel across the islands of Indonesia from Borneo to Sumatra and delve into the dynamic daily routines of Sumatran orangutans and tigers.
Watch this video for a peek at Indonesia’s wealth of unique insects and plants, including giant millipedes, cannibalistic mantises, and a carnivorous flower.
What do isolation, access to food, and a lush natural environment do for evolution? Isolated in a lush and resource rich habitat, Indonesia’s birds of paradise have evolved into numerous beautiful and unique species across the island of Papua.
Known as the “Galapagos of the East,” this bay is home to the world’s only non-migratory whale shark population. Watch the video to learn more about this gigantic fish and its relationship with both humans and the local marine life.
During the dry season, elephants in the Mara-Serengeti must constantly search for water, facing obstacles both natural and manmade along the way. Watch this video to join a young elephant and his family on this journey.
Freshwater is a precious resource worldwide. In the small Japanese village of Harie, residents use a unique method to keep their fresh water clean and clear. Watch this video to discover this rather fishy system.
When conditions are just right, Japan’s bioluminescent firefly squid emerge off the western coast of Honshu. Watch the video to see this glowing springtime event.
In Japan, the red crowned cranes symbolize beauty and longevity. On the island of Hokkaido, the crane population dwindled as their natural habitat became farmland. Watch this video to find out how local farmers help them fight extinction.
Dive beneath the waters of Okinawa and explore traditional Japanese seaweed farming.
Seventeen rivers feed Zambia's Bangweulu wetlands, creating a marsh larger than the U.S. state of Connecticut. The top predator here is the shoebill, a giant bird.
Join cinematographer Bob Poole as he follows a cheetah and her two cubs in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya.
Swap lions found in the Busanga swap, Zambia in the Kafue National Park experience defeat. Their bodies are powerful in dry terrains but are not built for high speed races in the water.
In spring 2012, conservationists fitted snow leopards with satellite collars in Afghanistan for the first time. Since then, one of the big cats has already roamed more than a hundred miles (160 kilometers).
Competition between hyenas and lions for resources leads to infanticide—the practice of killing each other's young. Learn why this behavior makes the two species "mortal enemies."
Compare and contrast the hunting techniques of lions and cheetahs- what's the same and what's different?
While reviewing footage from one of their camera traps, scientists find footage of poachers in the woods. Poachers are people who illegally kill animals. Poachers benefit from killing these animals by selling the animals for money.
When the adult males pack leaders return to the pride, a trio of hard-headed juvenile males must submit -- or leave.
The campaign to save human lives has collateral costs.
Dr. Mike Heithaus and others try to tranquillize a lion.
A young leopard is hunted by lions.
Explore the origins of the domesticated cat.
An explanation of cheetah biology explains why they run as fast as they do.
Get a bird's eye view of the Hindu Kush as Boone Smith sets out to study the snow leopards of Afghanistan.
A new leopard mother vigilantly protects her young against predators that lurk just beyond the den.
After three long weeks in an underground den African wild dog pups emerge to meet the other members of the pack for the very first time.
Typically, when young male lions reach a certain age, they are forced from the pride.
Use these activities to teach students about wildlife, conservation, and human wildlife interactions
Students compare the shape and size of human, lion, and gazelle teeth and jaws. Then they predict what each animal eats and decide if the animal is a meat-eater, plant-eater, or an omnivore.
Students read the National Geographic Education article, “Big Cats’ Big Problem.” They answer questions about the threats to big cat populations and how the Big Cats Initiative is working to address those threats.
Students watch the National Geographic video Kobu the Lion and explore the negative consequences of keeping big cats in captivity and the challenges sanctuaries face in trying to care for them.
Students use a Crittercam video and simulation game to learn about technologies scientists use to study the health and behavior of big cat populations. Then they explore how scientific research and technology can help conserve big cat populations.
Students explore what lions, tigers, and leopards look like and analyze how the animals' coats help them survive in their different habitats.
Students use media resources to identify big cats and map the species ranges of the world's big cats. Then they determine each big cat's corresponding habitat and create a graphic organizer that summarizes the information.
Students use multimedia resources and a community web to characterize and describe the environment, organisms, and feeding relationships of the African savanna ecosystem.
Students read a National Geographic Education article, “Big Cats’ Big Problem,” and identify the threats to big cat populations and how the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative is working to address those threats.
Students compare and contrast geographic themes related to Bengal and Siberian tiger populations. They explore the strategies and challenges involved in conserving these big cats.
Students watch the National Geographic video, “Lions of Gir,” from multiple perspectives to explore strategies and challenges involved in conserving the Asiatic lion population of India’s Gir Forest.
Students discuss endangered and threatened species and learn about captive-breeding programs.
Students research captive-breeding programs and species-survival plans and explore the pros and cons of each.
Students complete a case study for one species in a captive-breeding program and evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
This activity guides students through a process that uses the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework inquiry arc. Students identify and research compelling and supporting questions, leading them to develop explanations and arguments and, ultimately, to take action on issues related to the preservation of species.
Learn more about key topics with these informational texts
Biodiversity refers to the variety of living organisms within a given area.
A carnivore is an organism that eats mostly meat, or the flesh of animals. Sometimes carnivores are called predators.
The Earth’s natural resources include air, water, soil, minerals, plants, and animals. Conservation is the practice of caring for these resources so all living things can benefit from them now and in the future.
Earth Day is an annual celebration that honors the achievements of the environmental movement and raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 in the United States and on either April 22 or the day the spring equinox occurs throughout the rest of the world.
An endangered species is a type of organism that is threatened by extinction. Species become endangered for two main reasons: loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation.
The food chain describes who eats whom in the wild.
A marine protected area (MPA) is a section of the ocean where a government has placed limits on human activity. Many MPAs allow people to use the area in ways that do not damage the environment.
A no-take zone is an area set aside by a government where no extractive activity is allowed. Extractive activity is any action that extracts, or removes, any resource.
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