Animal instincts: Saturday TEDTalks playlist

This Saturday’s TEDTalks playlist is about animals with a nasty sting or a deadly bite — but as our speakers reveal, these creatures have more to fear from humankind than we have to fear from them.

Romulus Whitaker is smitten with snakes, and fearful for their future. He urges us to protect the river systems that are home to these beautiful creatures.

  • Kartick Satyanarayan returns dignity to the infamous “dancing” bears of India — and to the families whose livelihood depended on their wild performance.

  • Dennis vanEngelsdorp makes a plea for bees as he investigates colony collapse disorder, the tragic disappearance of a most valued insect, the bee.

  • We’d love to hear more of your favorite TEDTalks about animals. Add your suggestions to the comments below, join the conversation on Facebook, or email with the subject PLAYLIST: ANIMALS. (Jog your memory with the TEDTalks spreadsheet.)

    Curator of this playlist: Rachel Tobias