A blue whale and her calf cruise past the coast of Mexico (© Olly Scholey)
List Words : Wanderlust Team | 05 April 2019

Our Planet: 8 incredible photos from the companion book to the new Netflix series

We take a sneak peek inside the companion book to Our Planet by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. From majestic whales to adorable bears, here's what you have to look forward to...

A male Siberian tiger (© Kieran O’Donovan/Silverback Films)

A male Siberian tiger (© Kieran O’Donovan/Silverback Films)

“Law enforcement to prevent poaching of the highly endangered tiger and its prey has allowed the tigers to increase in the region [Russian Far East] from fewer than 30 to more than 500. But a major problem remains illegal logging of mature trees for a trade controlled by the Russian timber mafia. It opens up the forest and reduces the amount of nuts available for prey as well as for human harvests."

Pelican fly-in (© Mal Carnegie)

Pelican fly-in (© Mal Carnegie)

"Temporary Lake Eyre. Whenever it fills with water, pelicans fly in from the coast hundreds of kilometres away, forming vast pop-up colonies where they feed on the lake’s fish and breed… Nobody is sure how they know when to come."

A nervous brown bear peeks out from behind a tree in Slovenia (©Bruno Cavignaux/Biosphoto/FLPA)

A nervous brown bear peeks out from behind a tree in Slovenia (©Bruno Cavignaux/Biosphoto/FLPA)

 

 

 

“Today, more than half of Slovenia is forested, with a population of about 500 brown bears. Conservationists believe their spread to the Alps now depends on a significant reduction in the numbers killed by hunters and a trans-boundary nature-conservation area being established between Slovenia and Croatia.”
A green turtle grazes on seagrass in a bay off Misool, one of the Indonesian Raja Ampat islands (© Roger Horrocks)

A green turtle grazes on seagrass in a bay off Misool, one of the Indonesian Raja Ampat islands (© Roger Horrocks)

"This bay - once a shark-finning camp - is now part of a rich marine reserve, transformed in less than a decade. The seagrass provides food, habitat and nursery areas for numerous fish and other species, stabilises the seabed and filters out pollution."

Toilet Intimacy (© Ben Macdonald)

Toilet Intimacy (© Ben Macdonald)

"A mountain tree shrew licking nutrient-rich gland secretions from Low's pitcher plant on Mount Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. The structure of the pitcher is such that the tree shrew can only lick the lid when positioned with its bottom over the specially designed toilet. As it feeds it defecates into the pitcher adding nitrogen to the liquid below."

Blues coming back (© Olly Scholey)

Blues coming back (© Olly Scholey)

Decimated by whaling in the past century, numbers of this endangered whale – the largest animal ever to have lived – are starting to rebuild. It will take many decades before the population reaches anything near its former size. But with international protection, and if its main food, krill, remains abundant, then there is hope for the great blue’s recovery.
A blue whale and her calf cruise past the coast of Mexico (© Olly Scholey)

A blue whale and her calf cruise past the coast of Mexico (© Olly Scholey)

The big seed disperser (© Sandesh Kandur/Silverback Films)

The big seed disperser (© Sandesh Kandur/Silverback Films)

"Female great hornbills bill-grappling. They are fired up after witnessing rival males in aerial jousting displays over the forest in the Western Ghats, India. Males compete for territory and access to fruiting trees. If a male is successful in attracting a mate, the pair will choose a nest site in the trunk or a large branch of a big old tree. The great hornbill's survival depends on such old trees. And many forest trees depend on the fruit-eating hornbill to disperse their seeds."

About the book 

Our Planet will be published by Bantam Press on 2 April 2019 (© NASA/BDH Creative/Silverback Films)

Our Planet will be published by Bantam Press on 2 April 2019 (© NASA/BDH Creative/Silverback Films)

Our Planet is the companion to the upcoming Netflix original documentary series Our Planet. The book features stunning photography and some of the world's rarest creatures and previously unseen parts of the Earth. Our Planet focuses on the breath and diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America. 

The Authors

Alastir Fothergill was responsible for the series The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet. In 2012, he set up Silverback Films with Keith Scholey, which produced The Hunt for the BBC and Our Planet for Netflix, the first natural history Netflix original documentary series. This book is Fothergill's fifth. 

Keith Scholey has produced series including Prisoners of the Sun, Wildlife on One and Big Cat Diary. He is now joint director of Silverback Films, where he has been responsible for North America, Deadly Islands, and the upcoming Our Planet

Fred Pearce is an author and award-winning journalist. His recent books include Fallout, The New Wild, When the Rivers Run Dry, Earth: Then and Now, and Confessions of an Eco Sinner

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