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, February 1, 2010

Tigers Taking To Their Old Lives in Jungles Of Sumatra

Jakarta Globe, Ismira Lutfia, February 01, 2010

Conservationists believe the tigers are doing well in their new home.

More than a week after two Sumatran tigers were released back into the jungle, they are reported to be roaming within a four-kilometer radius from their release point in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in West Lampung.

Conservationist Tony Sumampau, who heads the tiger-rescue center at the park’s Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation, told the Jakarta Globe on Sunday that the global positioning systems attached to their collars showed that both tigers — named Panti and Buyung — have traveled about two kilometers and are roaming between Sleman Lake and the coastal area close to the conservation base camp.

“They must have found that the area is abundant with deer, one of their favored prey,” Tony said, adding that conservation staff had found a deer carcass believed to have been eaten by one of the tigers.

“The tigers, however, are not roaming the jungle together, but they are within about a kilometer of each other,” Tony said.

When being released on Jan. 22, Panti was reluctant to leave her cage, which was opened by Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan. It was a few minutes before she stuck her head out, and then slowly emerged.

As if aware she was the spectacle of the day, Panti did not run straight into the jungle, but stood, roared, took a look around and then lingered around Buyung’s cage, which had not yet been opened. Then she suddenly turned and ran, disappearing in the bushes.

Unlike Panti, Buyung leaped straight out when his cage was opened and took off into the jungle on Panti’s trail.

Buyung and Panti, whose name is a shortened version of her species’ Latin name, Panthera tigris, have come a long way since they were captured by villagers in South Aceh in 2008.

They were then kept in cages for some time at the Aceh nature conservancy center before businessman Tommy Winata agreed to finance their costly rehabilitation process.

Buyung and Panti spent about 18 months in the two-hectare rescue center with two other tigers, honing their instincts and undergoing monthly check-ups before they were declared fit enough to survive in the jungle once again.

“Panti had a tumor in her mouth but that has been fixed now,” Tony said, adding that Buyung had been underweight for his size and age.

The two other tigers, Salma and Ucok, are not yet ready for a return to the jungle.

Salma is believed to be a man-eater so “she needs further rehabilitation so she doesn’t return to those ways,” Tony said, while Ucok, a male, has had a broken claw.

Kurnia Rauf, the head of the national park, told the Jakarta Globe that the protected jungle should be able to accommodate more tigers, saying an estimated 45 Sumatran tigers were living there now.

“[The park] fits the classification of having the right prey density per kilometer square to support a larger tiger population,” Kurnia said.

Other tigers living in the park must have sensed that they were about to have company. According to Taman Safari Indonesia staff, a tiger was seen at midnight near Buyung and Panti’s cages. The sighting of the tiger was supported by fresh prints the next morning on the beach about a kilometer from the cages.

The paw prints could have been from Agam or Pangeran, two tigers released from the rescue center in July 2008.

The day before their release, Panti and Buyung were sedated by a team of vets so two 7,000 euro ($9,706) GPS collars could be placed around their necks, allowing them to be tracked through the jungle for 200 days. They were then transported in cages by truck to the release point, about seven kilometers from the rescue center.

The GPS will also help the conservationists know whether the tigers interfere with the traditional human settlement at the Pangekahan enclave within the national park, where about 157 families live as they have for many generations.

“If they see a tiger entering their village, they’ve been asked to notify the forest officials,” Zulkifli said.

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Panti, a six-year-old Sumatran tiger, lying sedated in a cage before being released into the wild in southern Sumatra after an 18-month rehabilitation. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

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