Netflix invites viewers to share the wonder of the extraordinary place we all call home with the release of the groundbreaking original documentary series Our Planet, which launched globally on April 5th. From the creator of Planet Earth, 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 series is accompanied by behind-the-scenes content that launched simultaneously on Netflix.

In addition to Sir David Attenborough, the series features local narrators in ten languages including Spanish-language narrators Penélope Cruz for Spain and Salma Hayek for Latin America.

A Hardwicke’s Woolly Bat flies into a Nepenthes pitcher plant in the pristine primary rainforest of Mulu National Park in Borneo. This bat has developed a unique symbiotic relationship with the plant. The plant provides a ‘sleeping bag’ for the bat, which the bat locates using its echo-location, based on the plant’s provision of a unique ‘sonar dish’ that the bat alone can find. In return, the bat’s droppings fertilise the plant. Such extremely complex relationships between plants and animals are unique to Borneo’s rainforests, and take millions of years to develop. Many are now under threat.

“Being a part of Netflix’s Our Planet is an incredible honor.  The series is spectacularly beautiful and the message of conservation could not be more timely or important,” Cruz said. “I feel very close to everything Our Planet stands for and I’m proud to bring such a powerful piece of work to my home country and audiences around the world.”

Our Planet transcends borders to deliver an inspiring message of wonder, respect, and care for our natural world,” Hayek said. “I’m honored to work with Netflix to help bring the series to those in my home country of Mexico, and to a Spanish-language audience throughout Latin America and the rest of the globe.”

The ambitious four-year project has been filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with over 600 crew members. It focuses on the remarkable 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.

These are Arabian Oryx in the Empty Quarter. They are part of a reintroduced population after they went extinct in the wild in the 70’s.

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.

This Humpback whale is feeding off Cape Town in November, Cape Towns summer. These whales are well known to feed on krill in the southern ocean, but off Cape Towns west coast, these whales feed on other species such as Euphoarsiids (E. Lucens), Hyperiid amphipods (Themisto gaudichaudii) and Mantis shrimps. 

Unprecedented in scope and ambition, Our Planet will entertain and captivate a global audience of all ages. More importantly, the series will help start an important conversation about the home we all share at a crucial moment when the world needs to act. Viewers will marvel at the diverse landscapes and precious and rare wildlife, but they’ll also discover what steps need to be taken to protect the natural world.

“All across our planet, crucial connections are being disrupted,” Attenborough noted. “What we do in the next 20 years will determine the future for all life on Earth.”

Our Planet is produced by Silverback Films, Ltd in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Series producers are Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey.