With the holidays approaching and Christmas just around the corner, the ARKive team brings you their guide to the ultimate festive films, with a wildlife twist of course!
These collared doves could give the actors in this romantic comedy a run for their money when it comes to courtship!
While Buddy is probably the tallest elf you’ve ever seen, the elfin skimmer is the smallest dragonfly in North America!
The Polar (Bear) Express
Although they may look bulky, polar bears can actually reach speeds of about 40 kilometres per hour over short distances!
How the Finch Stole Christmas!
This greenfinch might not have stolen Christmas, but he doesn’t look too happy at the thought of someone stealing his berries!
Jingle All the Ray
These reef manta rays might not have to brave a toy store on Christmas Eve, but this feeding frenzy looks almost as chaotic!
The Nightjar Before Christmas
While it may not really be the stuff of nightmares, the eerie nightjar is most active during the twilight and superstition has it that this species used to steal milk from goats!
It may not be completely ‘alone’ yet, but sadly the black abalone is Critically Endangered and has suffered serious declines.
While the jackdaw might not be much use in a snowball fight, this handsome member of the crow family does have distinctive frosty blue eyes!
Barnacle on 34th Street
It might not be miraculous, but it was once widely believed that barnacle geese developed from goose barnacles like these on the sides of ships!
The Muppet Christmas Caracal
With ears this large, the caracal wouldn’t look out of place in a Muppets line up!
Can you think of any other festive wildlife films we’ve missed? Post your suggestions in the comments section below!
Claire Lamb, ARKive Content & Outreach Officer