ARKive - Images of Life on Earth
Above: Blue-spotted stingray (Taeniura lymma): See the cool video!
ARKive is a Noah's Ark for the Internet era - the world's centralised digital library of films, photographs and associated recordings of the 12,000 animals and plants threatened with extinction, according to the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Red Lists of Threatened Species.
ARKive is leading the virtual conservation effort - finding, sorting, cataloguing and copying the key records of species, and building them into a comprehensive and enduring audio-visual record. ARKive aims to select and digitise an average of 10 minutes of moving footage, 6 - 10 stills and sound recordings (where appropriate), to compile a complete profile of each species' characteristic behaviour and appearance.
Coverage is still patchy and it is astonishing how much of the natural world is still unphotographed (there us an online appeal for images and sounds of rare species to join the ARK) but what is covered is fascinating.
ARKive - a unique collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species.
Classified as Critically Endangered: Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis)
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