Ep3: All the Small Things | EXPEDITION CONGO | #WWFVoices


now this insect has blown my mind the Congo Basin is full of so many incredible animals and just like anywhere else in the world it’s easy to focus on the big things right in front of you but if you stop and take a closer look you can find cool creatures just about anywhere there are more insects in the world than any other type of animal in fact the weight of all the insects on the planet is greater than the weight of all other animals combined they are also some of the most diverse creatures on the planet with each one playing its own unique role in the ecosystem now this insect has blown my mind this assassin bug nymph is a master of disguise after it kills and eats an insect it sticks the body of its victim to its back carrying these corpses masks its scent allowing it to walk into an ant colony completely unnoticed to find its next victim ants are fiercely protective of their nests but these ones are oblivious to the danger they’re in lucky for them it seems like this assassin isn’t hungry today and insects aren’t just eaten by other insects they’re the stable diet for countless species even ones you might not expect and they can also have an impact far beyond lunch time these are termites they might not look like much but they have the power to change landscapes termites cover great distances searching for dead plant matter to feed the colony they bring it all back to their mounds where the nutrients from that plant matter disperse into the soil as it decomposes this turns termite mounds into nutrient-rich hotspots providing the perfect conditions for new plants to grow around them over time this process can turn open grasslands into thick dense forests so these termites aren’t just building themselves a home they’re building one for everything around them insects may not be the most cuddly or relatable animals but the part they play in our ecosystems is irreplaceable they’re the stable diet for countless species allowing the precious energy from the plants they eat to be transferred up the food chain and in turn when the animals at the top of the food chain die it’s the insects that break them down and start that cycle all over again without them diseases would spread rapidly and our crops wouldn’t be pollinated so they may be small but the impact they have on our environment is monumental

23 thoughts on “Ep3: All the Small Things | EXPEDITION CONGO | #WWFVoices

  1. I hope everyone enjoys this episode! I love focusing on the creepy crawlies, they're just as incredible as big animals if you stop and look closer. You should go out into your garden and see what you can find! 👍

  2. WWF, stop supporting the illegal creation of #MessokDja National Park, Congo. Turning local communities against you jeopardizes your goal of protecting the area’s wildlife. Listen to Baka people and respect their human rights.

  3. @WWF – Stop backing the creation of Messok Dja! This is Baka land and
    there is no reason to displace the tribal peoples of this world. You
    know full well that they are the best placed to help protect vulnerable
    species. You need to work with them, not against them.

  4. WWF, stop supporting the illegal creation of #MessokDja National Park, Congo. Turning local communities against you jeopardizes your goal of protecting the area’s wildlife. Listen to Baka people and respect their human rights.

  5. WWF, please stop victimising innocent people and withdraw your support from the MessokDja National Park. Denying the Baka people of access to their ancestral home and in doing so their livelihood and way of life is completely the wrong approach to safeguarding nature. Both animals and human beings deserve their rights. I will never support you in any way until you stop funding violence, these tactics are indefensible.

  6. “WWF, stop supporting the illegal creation of #MessokDja National Park, Congo. Turning local communities against you jeopardizes your goal of protecting the area’s wildlife. Listen to Baka people and respect their human rights.”

  7. I´m enjoying your videos, and at the same time, I know that WWF is supporting human right violations on Baka people. I urge WWF to stop supporting the eviction of Baka people who live in the area for generations.

  8. Hey WWF – Stop supporting the illegal creation of #MessokDja National Park, Congo. Turning local communities against you jeopardizes your goal of protecting the area’s wildlife. Listen to Baka people and respect their human rights #BackingtheBaka #DecolonizeCONservation

  9. WWF, please stop supporting the illegal creation of Messok Dja National Park! How can you pretend to protect nature and wildlife, while you're funding armed forces to violently evict the Baka people from their land, which they have been protecting since time began?

  10. WWF, stop supporting the illegal creation of #MessokDja National Park, Congo. Turning local communities against you jeopardizes your goal of protecting the area’s wildlife. Listen to Baka people and respect their human rights.”

  11. WWF, stop supporting the illegal creation of #MessokDja National Park,
    Congo. Turning local communities against you jeopardizes your goal of
    protecting the area’s wildlife. Listen to Baka people and respect their
    human rights.

  12. WWF, cessez de soutenir la création illégale du parc national de #MessokDja au Congo. Vous opposer aux communautés, c’est faillir à votre mission de protection de la nature. Écoutez les Baka et respectez leurs droits humains.

  13. I agree on preserving biodiversity, but the creation of Messok Dja National Park in Congo, supported by WWF, without the prior, informed and free consent of its tribal inhabitants, the Baka and Bakwele, is ILLEGAL!! WWF must respect FAO and UN international rules and Human Rights. And stop founding violent ecoguards !

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