“The ghost of the forest” and other animals living in a land of extremes


An incredible diversity of species lives across the extremes of Patagonia – and we’re going to see them in breathtaking new ways.

The CNN Original Series”Patagonia: life at the end of the world” first to 9 p.m. ET Sunday and offers insight into the animals and plants found throughout the pristine southern tip of South America.

For more than a year, teams captured footage, revealing species new to science and filming elusive animals for the first time.

The six episodes explore the region’s oceans, deserts, glaciers, jungles, mountains, and ice fields, as well as the surprising creatures that call it home in one of the most remote places on Earth.

The many wonders of Patagonia, however, are not immune to pollution or human encroachment, and the series reflects on how the choices we make begin to impact this fragile and distant.

savage kingdom

You have probably never seen such creatures.

Patagonia is home to animals like the kodkod, or “ghost of the forest,” a small wild cat so mysterious most people have never even seen it, and the huemul, a deer from the southern Andes that is l one of the rarest mammals on the planet. .

Beneath the ocean surface, cold-water corals build colonies that are home to a host of other species, and pods of incredibly intelligent orcas hunt prey, each led by a wise matriarchal grandmother.

Critically endangered hooded grebes striking black and white waterfowl perform a mating dance that resembles the tango. And the monito del monte is a tiny marsupial that slows its breathing rate during hibernation in an amazing way, which could reveal insights into human metabolism.

Discover many elusive Patagonian species in our photo gallery.


What short arms you have, Meraxes gigas.

Paleontologists have discovered a previously unknown species of dinosaur in the northern region of Argentine Patagonia. The carnivore was 11 meters long and weighed more than 4 tons – and it had disproportionately stocky arms similar to those of the T. rex.

The Cretaceous-era predator used its ferocious head to do the hard work of hunting and ripping through its prey.

Some aspects of the discovered dinosaur remain puzzling to researchers – like why its tiny arms and pectoral muscles were so well developed if they weren’t actually used for hunting.

fantastic creatures

The burrowing parrot has a distinctive coloration and lives in the coastal cliffs of the Patagonian El Cóndor mountain in Argentina.

At first glance, the sky above the northern tip of Argentina’s Patagonian desert coast appears to be full of dancing clouds. In reality, the formations are flocks of colorful, talkative parrots.

Parrots dig a tunnel in the crumbling sandstone cliffs of El Cóndor, home to the largest colony of parrots in the world.

The highly social birds mate for life and can be very affectionate with each other as they raise their chicks on the mountain, with an enviable view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Formerly, the burrowing parrot could be found throughout South America. But the iconic bird’s population is shrinking as its food source disappears due to deforestation. Watch how this unique bird has carved out a life among the cliffs in the first episode of “Patagonia” on Sunday.


A giant water lily has been hiding in plain sight for 177 years – and it’s hard to miss.

Botanists have discovered that a water lily in the Royal Botanic Gardens in London is an entirely new species. Nicknamed Victoria boliviana, the plant is the largest known species of water lily in the world.

The leaves can grow nearly 10 feet wide (3 meters) when growing in the wild and can support a weight of at least 176 pounds (80 kilograms). In other words, you could stand or sit on the sprawling leaves (and some did) if you really wanted to.

across the universe

A stunning nebula has been captured by an astrophotographer in the night sky above Argentina.

Marvel at the stunning pink and purple tones of a nebula seen in the Argentinian night sky, a reflection of the Northern Lights in a Canadian lake, and swirling clouds of gas in the sun.

These are just a few of the cosmic highlights of the 2022 Astronomical Photographer of the Year competition.

Photographers from 67 countries shared their unusual and rare astronomical images for the competition, organized by the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

The winning photos will be announced on September 15.


Interesting information is in progress:

— Earth’s most powerful particle accelerator has ignited for the third time to reveal more secrets about the universe. The Large Hadron Collider will investigate the mysteries of dark matter, an invisible substance that does not absorb, reflect or emit light.
— Flying insects are in rapid decline in the UK, but a proposed network of wildflower meadows could provide nectar-rich stepping stones for the country’s littlest commuters.
— The first five cosmic targets for the James Webb Space Telescope were shared by NASA on Friday, including an exoplanet, stars and distant and faint galaxies. We’ll see the first Webb footage on Tuesday starting at 10:30 a.m. ET and experience the awe together.
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