A decade ago, Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth. Ten years on, advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world mean we can reveal our planet from a completely new perspective – that of the animals.
Travelling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, this series explores the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail.
For the first time viewers are immersed in incredible landscapes, allowing them to share the most dramatic moments in the lives of animals.
Viewers can also experience animals coming to life in their hands by downloading the Blippar app and scanning everyday objects to activate the Planet Earth II mobile experience.
Island animals are among the most threatened. Of the species that have gone extinct in the last 500 years, around 80% have been islanders.
Mountains cover one fifth of the planet’s surface.
Jungles cover less than 6% of land, but are home to over half the plants and animals on Earth.
Grasslands support and sustain more large animals than any other habitat and are home to the greatest gatherings of wildlife on Earth.
Desert temperatures can reach a scorching 58°C, and all over the world these are rising more than the global average, and many are getting hotter and larger.
More new species are found in the worlds jungles than anywhere else on land.
Unlike other plants, grasses grow from their base and not their tip, so they are almost indestructible, capable of surviving fire, flooding, freezing and drought.
The urban environment is the newest and fastest growing habitat on our planet. In the next decade, the urban environment is predicted to grow by nearly 30%.
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