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Watch Your Favorite Wildlife Like Never Before in a 360-Degree Video

A family of elephants like these have been filmed in a second 360-degree video. (Image: Benh LIEU SONG via flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)
A family of elephants like these have been filmed in a second 360-degree video. (Image: Benh LIEU SONG via flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

If you haven’t watched a 360-degree video yet, then you need to give it a go. It’s awesome, especially if you enjoy watching footage of wild animals.

And if you watch these videos below, it might just be the coolest things you get to see all week.

Now, if this is your first time watching a 360-degree video, then this one of a baby rhino — named Matimba — is a great introduction to what the technology offers. The biggest plus about the format is that you can follow the action as you want to and do some exploring.

But before you watch the video, here’s some of Matimba’s background story. Matimba was orphaned at two weeks back at the end of 2014 after his mother was killed by ivory poachers. Since then, he has been looked after at a South African endangered species center.

Watch this 360-degree video made by Discovery of Matimba being fed below:

Now, it’s early days for 360-degree video technology, but it still offers a great viewer experience, which is why it’s being utilized by the likes of Discovery.

As the name implies, the technology allows you to control the view thanks to the recording camera, which is capable of capturing all 360 degrees of a scene.

For you to watch the video from different angles, all you need to do on a computer is use your mouse, or for a smartphone you just drag your finger on the screen.

Even if you have watched a 360-degree video before, make sure you watch this Discovery video, which allows you to get up close with some of the world’s most endangered wildlife, such as whale sharks, rhinos, elephants, manta rays, and lions:

While it is great to see these animals in such a way, it is again sobering to realize that they are all threatened with extinction. As an example, there are only 29,000 rhinos left in the wild. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were 500,000 rhinos, says Save the Rhino. As for lions, there were an estimated 450,000 of them during the 1940s in Africa, according to National Geographic.

Today, there are around only 20,000 lions left in the wild.

Two thousand years ago, lions were found in many parts of the Middle East, and even as far as Pakistan and northwest India.

See this 360-degree video by Discovery that allows you to explore a sunken wreckage that is home to scores of sharks:

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