Online search giant Google commemorated Earth Day 2016 with a special doodle comprising of visually stunning illustrated banners showing animals in their natural habitat.
Google's special Earth Day doodle showing a tortoise in the desert. All pics courtesy/Google.com
The Google logo was replaced with five banners showing illustrations of animals in their natural habitat.
Google's special Earth Day doodle showing an elephant walking across the grasslands with the setting sun the background
As a theme for this year's Earth Day, Google chose to highlight five major biomes: the tundra, forest, grasslands, desert, and coral reefs.
Google's special Earth Day doodle showing an octopus in the coral reef
Users visiting the Google website would randomly receive one of the five doodles and can view all 5 if they keep refreshing the page.
Google's special Earth Day doodle showing a polar bear in the tundra. The surrounding ice and the bar have been fashioned into the google logo
Google's special Earth Day doodle showing a red fox in the forest
About Earth Day
A day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace was first celebrated on March 21, 1970 after peace activist John McConnell proposed it at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco.
United States Senator Gaylord Nelson found a separate Earth Day a month later the same year on April 22, which has since been held annually in more than 192 countries worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Google's Earth Day 2015 doodle
Google commemorated Earth Day in 2015 with an animated doodle, which linked to a specially created quiz on the day. The quiz titled, "Which animal are you?" discerns your personality based on the options selected with the result being the animal matching the quiz taker's nature. (Click here for the quiz)
NASA's Global Selfie Earth mosaic. Pic/NASA
Also last year, NASA invited people across the globe to share pictures and videos of their favourite places on Earth using social media. The ‘global selfie’ mosaic was built using more than 36,000 individual photographs drawn from the more than 50,000 images tagged #GlobalSelfie and posted on or around Earth Day, on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. (Read more)
Google Doodle on Earth Day 2014
In 2014, Google created an interactive doodle a host of animals like the Rufous Hummingbird, Japanese macaque and others. (Read more)
Earth Day special in pictures: 15 weirdest animals on the planet
These unfamiliar animals appear strange to the human eye because of their unique behaviour and looks, and sometimes they are categorised as freaks of nature. But what we must never forget is that Mother Nature has made every living being unique and each one has a vital role to play in the ecosystem. We have put together a collection comprising few of these bizarre and strange animals that inhabit our planet Earth. (Click here to view the images)