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September 5th, 2014
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NATURE kicks off its 33rd season on October 15th, 2014 with Animal Misfits, a program about animals that are odd, bizarre and at first glance seem-ill equipped for survival. Other upcoming episodes include Big Thinkers of the Forest, A Sloth Named Velcro and The Animal Home Show. Catch a sneak peek of all four episodes in the video above.

In the meantime, be sure to tune-in for the three-part series Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, a NATURE special presentation beginning on September 24th, 2014. The series documents the lifecycle of three penguins species; from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the water.

August 28th, 2014

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The leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) is a large tree-dwelling reptile found in Eastern Madagascar. It gets the name uroplatus – which means “flat tail” – from its broad leaf-shaped tail that can be snapped off and regrown if attacked by a predator.

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August 26th, 2014

Saving Otter 501 is a “Broadcast TV Program” finalist in the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival. The festival will be held from November 3rd to 9th in St. Petersburg, Florida, and honors the best in ocean filmmaking. The festival is part of a week-long conference that invites ocean leaders, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, entertainment executives and the general public to learn more about the issues facing the oceans and to collaborate on improving the oceans and humanity.

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August 21st, 2014
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The kakapo

The kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) is a large flightless parrot native to New Zealand. It adapted to life on the ground because New Zealand has few natural terrestrial predators. They are accomplished climbers, using their wings for balance, and their beak and strong claws to pull and grip their way up and down trees.

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August 14th, 2014
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The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is the largest nocturnal primate. It is native to the island of Madagascar and known for its weird morphological features.

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August 12th, 2014

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The glass-winged butterfly (Greta oto) has wings that are transparent. The tissue between their veins looks like glass, as it lacks the colored scales found in other butterflies. These clear wings make it extremely difficult for predatory birds to track it in flight.

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August 10th, 2014

In honor of World Lion Day, NATURE brings you two full episodes featuring the noblest creatures on the African savanna. Founded by Rae Kokeš, a researcher with the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust, World Lion Day is meant to bring attention to the plight of lions, whose population has declined by 30 percent in the last two decades. In order to help ensure their future, Kokeš asks that you donate to one of the many groups working to protect these majestic animals.

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“The White Lions” follows the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood. Both are female, sisters born as white as snow in May 2009 in South Africa’s Kruger Park. Growing up on the savanna, they must overcome not only the same survival challenges that all young lion cubs face, they must also overcome the threats their high visibility brings.

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In 1956, game warden George Adamson killed a lioness in self-defense, leaving him and his wife Joy to raise her cubs. The story inspired the book Born Free, which was later turned into feature film. “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” tells the story of Elsa, the cub raised by the Adamsons to adulthood, and the impact she had on the people who cared for her.

August 7th, 2014

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The blue dragon (Glaucus atlanticus) is a type of mollusk known as a nudibranch. Despite its impressive appearance, it rarely grows larger than three centimeters long.

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August 5th, 2014

Both beautiful to behold and somewhat mysterious, bioluminescence has arisen a number of times in the history of the life on earth. The exact ingredients can differ slightly, but all bioluminescent creatures glow due to a standard chemical reaction: a molecule called a luciferin is oxidized by an enzyme luciferase, generating a cool light. Animals with this ability use it for a variety of purposes, from misdirecting predators to attracting mates. In the graphic below, designer Eleanor Lutz shows us the amazing diversity of light-generating organisms and their relation to each other on the tree of life.

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