A raccoon mother gathers her kits to leave the security of their natal den and descend 60 feet, head first, into the darkness for their first touch on solid ground.
In China, the last female rafetus turtle is about to be introduced to her new home at the Suzhou Zoo. She will take up residence in a divided breeding pond where – on the other side of a metal gate – the last male rafetus turtle is waiting to meet her. The stakes are incredibly high: this is literally the last chance the scientists have to save this species.
We may think of ourselves as the most intelligent beings on the planet, yet it seems there is a great deal we can learn from our fellow creatures. Their understanding of the world pre-dates our own, and carries with it extraordinary abilities to heal, communicate, and transform our lives.
Up to 100 species disappear from the planet each day. In this web-exclusive video, scientists and conservationists discuss the importance of biodiversity and the dangers of extinction. We humans depend on the life around us to provide the conditions we need to survive.