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Explore Nature 

Welcome to the nature section of videos on www.myteamexplore.com. Here you and your child will find a range of exciting videos dealing with the environment, animals and other nature related topics.  These kids’ videos have been created, keeping in mind your child’s need to learn about the world around him/her as well as about wildlife and nature in a fun and exciting manner.

Modern life has become so busy and hectic that children often forget the simple beauties and wonders of nature. Nowadays they are more likely to be playing on the computer or downloading games to their phones and iPads, than playing outdoors or communing with nature. That is why we feel that our nature videos are crucial for children to help them learn, understand and hopefully preserve the fragile systems around them.

If your child wants to shoot a nature video, or write a script for one or even has a suggestion of what natural phenomena he/she would like to see covered by us, tell him or her to write in to us at kids@myteamexplore.com

Animal Fact
Never smile at a crocodile
Smiling from the water, the mighty crocodile can snap us in two with just one crunch of its jaws! Watch this video and find out more about this mysterious creature.
Transcript - Animal Fact

Animal Facts - Crocodiles

Crocodiles are large reptiles that belong to the Crocodilia family along with alligators and gharials. India is home to both the crocodile and the gharial.

Did you know that crocodiles are believed from the prehistoric period!

Crocodiles come in different sizes. Some are around 5-6 feet long, while others can be as long as 20 feet! Let’s learn a little more about these remarkable creatures:

  1. Crocodiles are carnivorous. They eat only meat and have the strongest bite of any animal in the world. They hold their prey with their gigantic jaws, crush them and swallow them whole. They cannot bite their prey into smaller pieces so they swallow small stones that help grind the food.

Wow they actually use stones to help digest their food. That’s strange!

  1. Crocodiles have an amazing set of very sharp teeth. When they lose a tooth, another one grows. Crocodiles can use as many as 8,000 teeth in a lifetime. They don’t have to worry about cavities, do they?
  2. Crocodiles can move swiftly over short distances. So watch out! Don’t get fooled by their sleepy faces! They are fast swimmers.
  3. Like other reptiles, crocodiles are cold-blooded. That is why you will see them basking in the sun, often with their mouth open!! When they need to cool off they do this through their mouths. They often sleep with their mouths open.
  4. Crocodile live in both saltwater and fresh water and can live up to a 100 years.

Are crocodiles and alligators the same? While they belong to the same family they are different

Crocodiles

Alligator

Crocodile have a longer more V shaped head

Alligator heads are shorter and have a more U shaped head

Crocodiles are more aggressive

Less aggressive

Crocodiles are found all over

Alligators are only found in the US and China

Lighter than alligators

Darker than crocodiles

Crocodiles are endangered because of hunting for their skin and due to a loss of their habitat. We must work together to save them.

Save The Tiger
Beautiful and powerful, tigers are truly magnificent! Learn more fun facts about tigers by watching this video and feel free to comment on what animal we should feature next!
Transcript - Save The Tiger

THE TIGER

Isn’t the tiger the most majestic animal on the planet? This animal is the largest in the cat family and is famous for its power and strength.

Here are five fun facts about this powerful animal:

  • A tiger’s coat has stripes. These can be black, brown or gray, and are unique to each one. But did you know that if you shaved a tiger, you would still see its stripes? They are on its skin!
  • A hungry tiger can eat as much as 27 kilograms in one night! But tigers are gentlemen- they allow the females and cubs to eat first!
  • Despite their reputation, most tigers avoid humans; however, a few do become dangerous man-eaters, such as the Man-Eaters of the Sunderbans.
  • A tiger's roar can be heard as far as 3 kms away! So the next time you hear a tiger’s roar, let’s hope you’re in a zoo!
  • Sadly, over the last 100 years, hunting and forest destruction have reduced tiger populations from thousands of animals to less than 2,500.  We must protect them!
Animal Fun facts
Giraffe
The tallest animal on Earth, the giraffe cannot be missed! Learn more fun facts about this gentle giant by watching this video and feel free to comment on what animal we should feature next!
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THE GIRAFFE

Look up to the sky! What do you see? Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s a giraffe! The tallest mammal on Earth, the giraffe stretches its looooong neck to the trees, to eat leaves!

Here are fun facts about what makes them unique:

  1. The giraffe has a long, purplish tongue that it uses to grab its food.  Measuring about 53 centimeters, this tongue can reach leaves on the highest trees!
  2. While both humans and giraffes have seven bones in their necks, the giraffe’s neck is much longer! That’s how they spot their enemies!
  3. Udai…Can you see bird on the Giraffe’s back. Giraffe’s has a symbiotic relationship with some birds. These birds eats pesky insects of its skin. It return for the food, the bird serve as an early warning signal alerting giraffe of any predator.
  4. Their long legs allow them to run as fast as 56 kilometers an hour. But what makes giraffes truly different is the way they walk- they move both legs on one side of their body first, and then they move the other two! No other animal does this!
  5. What animal do you think a giraffe is like? Well, the answer is a cow! Both these animals have more than one stomach to digest food; in fact the giraffe has four! The giraffe even makes a noise which is similar to a cow mooing! But don’t try to milk it!
  6. Female giraffes give birth after being pregnant for 15 months!   They do this standing up while their babies fall more than 5 feet to the ground at birth! Talk about a rough start to life!

 

The Red Panda
Explore Nature
Meet the red panda - an arboreal animal found only in the Himalayas. Also known as the red-cat bear, this cuddly mammal is threatened by habitat loss and poaching.
How does Leaf mold really help?
Explore Nature
Most people think that dry leaves are of no use. Today, we're going to see how we can use fallen leaves to improve the quality of the soil.
Animal Facts
Hippopotamus
Cute to look at, but a force to be reckoned with - that's the mighty hippo for you! Learn more fun facts about this majestic creature by watching this video.
Transcript - Animal Facts

THE HIPPO

 

Don’t hippopotamuses look cute and cuddly, waddling through the water? Don’t let their round bodies and short legs fool you- they are some of the most dangerous animals in the wild!

Let’s learn more about the hippo. Here are some fun facts about these animals:

  1. Hippos are amphibious! They spend most of their time in water. They only go onto land at dusk to graze for food  - some adults can even hold their breath underwater for 6 minutes!
  2. While the hippo may look sweet, it is one of the most aggressive animals in the world! Adult male hippos often fight each other, and it is not unusual for a hippo to attack and kill crocodiles!
  3. Have you heard that a hippo sweats blood? Well, this is not quite true, but instead of sweat a hippo does produce a red liquid. This acts as its sweat as well as protects it from insects.
  4. Even though a hippo looks quite chubby, it can quite easily outrun a human! So if you see it open its mouth and bare their sharp, ivory teeth, let’s hope you’re watching TV!
  5. Lastly, the hippo can only be found in Africa, more specifically sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past decade, their numbers have greatly fallen. We must learn more about this majestic animal and do all we can to ensure it does not fall extinct.
Hatsanda
Inspiring Change
Children can inspire change - after all they are ones that will inherit what we leave behind!
Transcript - Hatsanda

Hatsanda is a 5-year old girl from Afghanistan with a noble dream. A dream to make our world, not just hers, a greener and cleaner one!

What is she doing to do her bit? She has vowed to give a special gift to every city or town she visits anywhere in the world. The gift of a tree! She hopes her initiative to plant a tree will inspire many other children around the world.

This little girl has already planted over 30 trees in the last two years in Afghanistan and the US. Today she is planting in India. Hatsanda visited Gurgaon this January – it was a medical visit to the hub of medical tourism in India. She took time between her treatments to plant a tree at a school in the satellite city.

She even inspired an entire school to plant trees with her!

(Interestingly, Hatsanda means “ the one who makes effort” – this little girl is truly living up to her name)

Children can inspire change – after all they are ones that will inherit what we leave behind!

Inspiring change is a program focused on sharing these stories, with the hope to inspire more.

Let’s change tomorrow today!

 

A Day at the Zoo
Episode 1
Visit the Delhi Zoo with our V-Explorer, Udai as he takes you on a journey through the world of herbivores and carnivores.
Transcript - A Day at the Zoo

A Day at the Zoo – Ep 01

 

The Delhi Zoo first opened its gates in 1959. It is home to many animals including tigers, leopards, bears, rhinos, monkeys, deer, antelope and many birds. Around 2 million people visit the zoo every year!

 

Today we are going to visit some of the land animals based on what they eat. I thought it would be fun to learn about “who eats who”! We are all part of a food chain.

 

Let’s visit all the herbivores first. Safer as none of them really want to eat us. But some might find us annoying and want to attack us so watch out!

 

Here are the Rhinos – big as they are they only eat plants!

 

The name “Rhinoceros” comes from the Greek words Rhino which means “nose” and ceros which means “horn”.

 

The Indian rhinos are one-horned rhinos. They can weigh around 2,000 kilograms.

 

The horns are made of the same stuff our nails and hair are made of - keratin. Many Rhinos are killed by humans for their horns. That’s mean!

 

Here’s another big guy – the hippopotamus - and you wont believe is but they too are vegetarians. Hmmm … some of the biggest land animals – the rhino, hippo and the elephant are all herbivorous! Guess that’s why mom keeps asking us to eat our veggies!

 

The hippopotamus means “river horse” in Greek. How many “p”s are there in the word?

 

Even though they look like oversized pigs, hippos’ closest relatives are whales and porpoises!

 

They live around water and need to “chill out” in the water! These beasts are great swimmers. An adult can stay underwater for as long 6 minutes.

 

The White Buck belongs to the antelope family. Antelopes unlike deer have permanent horns. They live together in herds.

 

Our big cats love eating antelopes! The white buck is however very fast and can quite easily outrun their predator in an open field.

 

The Giraffe is one of my favourite animals. Native to Africa this animal must have traveled a long way to get to our zoo!

 

It is the tallest land animals and the last herbivore that we will visit today!

 

It is believed that the giraffe’s neck became longer over thousands of years as the animal kept stretching its neck to reach treetops.

 

The sloth bear is not an herbivore because it loves to eat insects, especially termites. It is in fact an omnivore or an insectivore – it eats insects as well as plants.

 

The sloth bear is only found in the Indian subcontinent!

 

Now that we have met many vegetarians and one “in-between” – lets go a visit the meat eaters or carnivours.

 

The first stop - Of course the TIGER!

 

The white tiger is a major attraction at the Delhi Zoo! It really belongs to the Royal Bengal Tiger family. The white colour is because it lacks a pigment that gives tigers the bright orange colour.

 

Check out those two long fang-like canine teeth! These teeth help the tiger hold its prey down while the teeth at the back help tear the meat off! Rrrrrrrip…  Sweet as it looks you don’t want to be with him when he’s hungry.

 

Bengal Tigers are found in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

 

Notice how the black stripes on the tiger’s orange-coloured fur help it to blend into its surroundings. The stripes form a pattern like that of the swaying grass helping the animal hide from its prey.

 

Jaguar! No, not the car – but the emblem on it!

 

The Jaguar is the third largest cat after the tiger and the lion. It is not native to India and really found in the Americas. While it does look at bit like the leopard – you can tell them apart because of their spots!

                                                   

Both the leopard and the jaguar have a black variant. Around 6% of jaguars are black. Amazing!

 

The Indian Leopard is one of the 5 Big Cats found in India. This spotted big cat is usually shy and prefers to come out at night.

 

That’s all for today. I look forward to introducing you to more animals at the zoo in our next episode.

 

Till then bye and keep exploring!

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