Narwhal, polar bear, caribou and walrus featured among iconic global species
Toronto, April 05, 2019 - Today the long-awaited eight-part documentary series Our
Planet, voiced by Sir David Attenborough, becomes available globally on Netflix.
This series, created in collaboration with WWF and produced by Silverback Films,
focuses on the breadth of diversity of habitats around the world and what can be
done to protect remaining habitats and wildlife.
About the state of wildlife in Canada
Canadian wildlife are not exempt from this global biodiversity crisis. WWF's recent
Living Planet Report Canada
found that half of monitored vertebrate species in this
country are declining, and of those, the decline is 83 per cent. This report also
found that federally protected at-risk species have continued to decline since the
Species at Risk Act became law.
- 90 per cent of the global narwhal population - the most vulnerable of all Arctic
marine mammals to the threats posed by climate change - call Canada home.
- Threatened barren-ground caribou have experienced dramatic declines, some up to
more than 90 per cent of their peak numbers.
- Two thirds of the world's polar bear population live in Canada. They are threatened
by loss of sea ice habitat through rapid climate change, reduced prey (as reduced
sea ice and snow cover impacts seal health and abundance), increased industrial
activities (primarily oil and gas exploration and development, which can disturb
About the Netflix Our Planet series
The series launches on April 5, 2019. From the creator of Planet Earth, Silverback
Films and in collaboration with WWF, the eight-part series features never-before-seen
footage of wildlife and their habitats while also revealing why the natural world
matters to us all and what steps must be taken to preserve it.
The ambitious four-year Our Planet project has been filmed in 50 countries across
all the continents of the world, with over 600 members of crew capturing more than
3,500 filming days, and will focus on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around
the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast
landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.
In the first episode, "One Planet," viewers will travel from the Brazilian rainforest
to Norway's Svalbard archipelago, discovering how each fragile habitat is connected
and why they are all essential for life to thrive on this planet. Subsequent episodes
capture Earth's key biomes, or habitats: the icy frozen worlds, jungles, coastal
seas, deserts and grasslands, high seas, freshwater regions and forests.
Thanks to an extensive team that includes some of the world's best wildlife cinematographers,
researchers and scientists — and the latest in 4K camera technology — each episode
features several stunning sequences that have never been filmed before.
Our Planet is produced by Silverback Films, Ltd. Series producers are Alastair Fothergill
and Keith Scholey.
The series is live on Netflix, go to Netflix.com/OurPlanet. The series
promotes the shared responsibility we all have to protect the health of our home,
highlighting that we may be the last generation that has the chance to address the
challenges humankind has created.
About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for
Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that
nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more
information, visit wwf.ca.