Giant squids, Disney's Friends for Change and more in Ecollywood odds and ends
'Inside Nature's Giants' tracks giant squids and camels. Meanwhile Disney launches a new ambassadors program to inspire kids to take action close to home.
Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM
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Disney's Friends For Change global activism initiative has launched a new ambassadors program to inspire kids and families to take action in their communities, including an initiative called Helping the Planet — Green Your Scene. "Austin & Ally" stars Laura Marano and Ross Lynch, who'll work in collaboration with TreePeople, are the designated ambassadors for this part of the project, which will feature them in interstitial messages throughout the summer. Other initiatives include Helping Communities — Volunteer, spearheaded by Debby Ryan ("Jessie") and Helping People — Be a Leader, featuring Bella Thorne and Zendaya ("Shake it Up"). Disney.com/friends will offer additional resources and ideas associated with the campaign.
"Inside Nature's Giants" returns to PBS with two new episodes focusing on the giant squid and the camel on June 20 and 27. Scientists Dr. Joy Reidenberg, Mark Evans, Richard Dawkins and Simon Watts trek to Australia and New Zealand to explore how these creatures have adapted to their environments and reveal the bizarre mating rituals that make them particularly fascinating.
Think "Big Brother," but with baboons: Scientists set up a camera-wired house in Pringle Bay, South Africa, to study the behavior of local primates that have been breaking into local homes and stealing food. Nat Geo Wild’s three-part June 23 special event "Big Baboon House" includes observations and experiments that produce information to help locals make their homes more secure and co-exist with the rambunctious monkeys.
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