Posts Tagged ‘australianewzealand2011’

Video: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is home to some of nature’s most unusual animals – corals. Corals are animals, not plants, and have a remarkable way of reproducing to build their reef societies.

Secrets of the Great Barrier Reef

If Australia’s on your life list, now is a great time to go. Click here for more information on our tours to Australia. If you’re interested in coral reefs, click here for Smithsonian’s interactive coral reef exhibit, or here for more on the amazing Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, which will be at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History through April 24, 2011.

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Off the Coast of Australia

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Did you know that kangaroos are the only large animals that move by hopping? In fact, they can go more than 40 miles per hour! Their sharp ears help them listen for predators while they dine on a wide variety of vegetation.

Endemic to Australia, Kangaroos share Australia’s stunning coastal landscape with a number of other unusual creatures. Learn more about the land animals living near the Great Barrier Reef in this video from the Smithsonian Channel, part of the Undersea Edens series.

Ready to see the Great Barrier Reef and its surroundings for yourself? Travel to Australia and New Zealand with Smithsonian Journeys in this fall or next spring.