Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Monday, July 2, 2007

Gun amnesty proves successful in Lampung national park

Oyos Saroso H.N., The Jakarta Post, Tanggamus

Residents from Pematangsawah district in Tanggamus regency, Lampung, are continuing to surrender handmade firearms used for illegal hunting in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

The firearms are being surrendered as part of a joint operation conducted by the park's management, the Rhino Protection Unit, the local administration, military and police.

"Forty-seven firearms were handed in during the first month of the operation. In the early stages, the operation was focused on four remote villages located on the park's boundary in Pematangsawah district," park manager Lusman Pasribu said.

The operation is being carried out by persuading owners of handmade firearms to hand them over in return for a guarantee they will not be legally prosecuted and will receive tree seedlings as compensation, he said.

Before the operation commenced, the team conducted training on the importance and significance of national parks and the dangers associated with arms possession.

"After learning about the penalties for owning illegal firearms and after being guaranteed no prosecutions would follow and they would be given seedlings, many residents quietly handed over their firearms," Lusman said.

He said joint operations targeting poachers have significantly decreased instances of poaching in the park.

Lusman said before 2003, many rhinoceros poachers operated in the park, but today are virtually non existent.

"We're grateful residents living around the park are aware of the need to protect these animals. Previously, many of them were involved in poaching themselves or worked as guides for hunters coming from outside the area who used modern weapons," he said.

Between 2003 and 2007 there were 33 cases of poaching reported. From the 23 cases that have been to court to far, the heaviest punishment handed down has been four years and nine months imprisonment.

"There was also a case where a foreigner stole a rare plant. The foreigner was deported," Lusman said without providing further details.

Currently there are 152 villages located on the park's boundary, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The park covers an area of 356,800 hectares. Some 300,000 hectares are located in the West Lampung and Tanggamus regencies in Lampung, with the remaining land in Bengkulu province.

Tanggamus military commander Lt. Col. Purwo Sudaryanto said the joint team has issued a July 10 deadline for residents to hand over their handmade firearms.

After the deadline passes, the military, police, park management and rhinoceros protection unit will continue to search for those in possession of illegal firearms, he said.

"After the deadline passes, we will be forced to detain firearm owners and prosecute them according to the military emergency law. Penalties range from 20 years jail to life imprisonment," Purwo said

Most of the firearms surrendered by local residents were still in working order, but in poor condition due to the fact residents generally bury their weapons to hide them.

Purwo said village officials will be handing out thousands of nutmeg, magnolia and cacao seedlings to residents who hand in firearms.

"There are more than 20,000 cacao tree seedlings to be distributed between residents who hand in firearms. We hope that by planting such productive plants, residents living around the forest boundary will be able to stop hunting and cutting down trees in the park," Purwo said.

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