Lake Baikal in Russian Siberia is the oldest and deepest lake on the planet and is famous for containing 20% of the world’s fresh water. Its incredibly clear and clean water is home to hundreds of unique animal and plant species. Biologists, however, are increasingly concerned about the region’s ecology. James Brown goes back to Baikal seven years after his last visit to look into how the lake has changed.
The Orphan Bear Rescue Centre (OBRC) in Russia saves abandoned bear cubs and later releases them back into the wild. However, for bears to have a chance to resume their life in the forest, they must not become accustomed to people. With that in mind, the bear rescuers have worked out a special method of looking after their fluffy fosterlings.
Coral reefs are highly important in marine ecosystems. They provide food, shelter and a breeding ground for a wide variety of fish and sea organisms. However, their own well-being has recently come under threat. A disease known as the “white plague” has been wreaking havoc in coral reefs the world over.
Harp seals are born right on the ice-fields of the White Sea. For many years the little pups had been hunted extensively for their snow-white furs. But the hunters have been eventually replaced by eco-tourists. We travel to the White Sea to meet the big eyed, fluffy little wonder of the North.