The story so far…
Valuable wildlife photographs and videos have been scattered throughout the world in a wide variety of private, commercial and specialist collections, with no centralised collection, restricted public access, limited educational use, and no co-ordinated strategy for its long term preservation.
ARKive was originally created to put that right, gathering together the most inspirational films and photographs of the world's species into one centralised digital library – creating a unique audio-visual record of life on Earth, preserving and maintaining for future generations.
We’ve come a long way since we launched in 2003. Not only is it a valuable asset and resource to educators, schools, communities, conservation organisations and anyone with a passion for nature but it is also hugely important in raising awareness of the pressures on our natural environment.
In 2009 ARKive was named one of The Telegraph's top 10 best video websites and The Times’ top 10 best education sites (the UK’s two leading quality newspapers).
ARKive has now become a formal partner of the IUCN Red Lists (the world’s definitive directory of endangered species). We are very proud of this achievement, particularly as the other partners are large, well established international conservation organisations (for example Conservation International, BirdLife International, Zoological Society of London).
ARKive has continued to build its relationship with Google Earth and was invited to join Google’s Ocean Advisory Committee, contributing content to the newest version of Google Earth – which enables users to dive beneath the surface of the sea and explore the world's oceans.
ARKive was featured at both the London and Californian launches of Google Ocean in February 2009 and to date, the ARKive layer on Google Earth has helped to engage thousands more people from all around the world.
Our work with Google, IUCN, WWF and other conservation organisations enables us to bring these endangered animals and plants and threatened habitats into your own home, onto your handheld device, into the classroom and out in the community so that we can all partner together to make a difference to our environment.