Join National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale and see baby Giant Pandas in this immersive 360 degree video. Here we visit China’s Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding. At the base scientists and conservationists are fighting to maintain the rather small population of Giant Pandas in the wild. Besides meeting the latest crop of adorable baby panda cubs Ami certainly explains the important work being done at the base.
Watch in 360 degrees as a herd of female caribou walk hundreds of kilometers north to have their calves in one of the most remote parts of northern Quebec in this 360 degree Video from the CBC.
These female caribou — part of North America's largest herd — travel from the boreal forest of Quebec to the tundra in Nunavik to give birth, averaging about 20 kilometers a day making it therefore an awesome look at nature's perserverance in action.
Surviving the tundra the females and their yearling calves head north several weeks before the males, trudging through the snow using their scoop-shaped hooves to dig for lichen clinging to rocks and shrubs otherwise buried beneath the snow. Because they have special bacteria in their gut they are able to digest it readily being that they are the only species to use lichen as a food source.
There aren't many denning sites in the tundra's permafrost for predators like wolves. At the end of their journey in early June, the moms and calves will feed on the abundant grasses and plants they find there. An adult caribou can eat more than 5 kilograms of food a day.
The Wild Canadian Year crew caught up with the herd in March near Kuujjuarapik, taking a helicopter over hundreds of kilometers to reach this remote, northern spot. Filmmaker Justin McGuire: "You find yourself in another world. It’s a landscape of quietness and caribou tracks – a vast expanse of compacted snow formed by thousands of moving animals."
They deployed their 360 camera ahead of the herd to and waited over an hour for the caribou to pass by. "We watched hopefully. After all our efforts, it would still takes a bit of luck to get our shot. And then – success! The migrating caribou passed right by the 360-camera, seemingly inquisitive of this foreign arrival in their land.” The result? Intimate never-seen-before footage of the herd as they wandered by.
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