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)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Number of RI endangered species unknown

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The government has said it is having difficulties identifying the number of native species in danger of extinction.

Director for biological diversity affairs at the Forestry Ministry, Toni Suhartono, said much of the existing information on the number of endangered species was based on predictions made before 2000.

"The inventory data on endangered species is a classic problem. Even we don't have exact data on the animal species kept in the country's zoos," Toni told a dialog on orangutan population here Thursday.

He said the conservation of endangered species had yet to become an important issue for government officials and the public.

"The nation's awareness, including among government officials, of the conservation of endangered species is very low. It is, therefore, not easy for us to propose budgets for conservation programs," Toni said.

He said conservation activists should set up groups to investigate endangered species.

"We get updated data on the number of elephants from the community who set up a forum known as the Elephant Forum," he said.

Toni said the Elephant Forum said there were between 2,400 and 2,800 elephants across the country. "It is much lower than the previous prediction of 8,000 animals."

Internationally, endangered species are protected from trade through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

More than 140 countries, including Indonesia, have ratified the convention.

Indonesia's orangutan are on the list of animals that may not be traded under the convention.

Hardi Baktiantoro, director of the Center for Orangutan Protection, said the number of orangutan in the wild had declined rapidly due to massive habitat destruction and illegal trafficking.

"The habitat destruction from rampant illegal logging and forest fires are the greatest threat to orangutan in Indonesia," he said.

Hardi said when forests were burnt, female orangutan were often killed, while the juveniles were caught to be used as pets or sold.

He said that a juvenile was sold for about US$40,000 abroad, compared to between Rp 100,000 (US$11) and Rp 500,000 ($55) in Kalimantan.

He said that about 30 orangutans from Indonesia had been found in Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea.

"But no law enforcement has been taken yet to resolve the problem," he said.

"To make it worse, local administrations continue to issue new permits to convert forests, including for palm oil plantations."

The government is currently drafting a plan to protect the endangered species in the country.

"We will target rehabilitating about 50 percent of endangered species by 2025," Toni said.

He said that there were about 88 animal species in Indonesia in danger of extinction, including the orangutan, Javanese monkey and Sumatran tiger.

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