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)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Indonesia Agrees to Close Lethal Loophole to Save Orangutans

Jakarta Globe, July 16, 2010, Fidelis E Satriastanti

Though there are only 7,500 Sumatran orangutans left, Indonesian regulations don’t recognize the subspecies as endangered. (AFP Photo/Ho)

Sanur, Bali. The Indonesian government has pledged to amend existing regulations to support orangutan conservation efforts as part of a declaration drawn up at the conclusion of the International Workshop on Orangutan Conservation in Bali.

The meeting, which ended on Friday, called for a revision of the 1990 Natural Resources Conservation Law and a 1999 government regulation on plants and animal preservation, which conservationists and critics have called insufficient in helping end the illegal trade in the ape species.

The government has also said the hearings on the revisions would be open to the public.

Officials said the revisions should address at least one glaring gaffe in the 1999 regulation, which provides protection for endangered species, but does not recognize the Sumatran orangutan, one of two subspecies endemic to Indonesia, as being in that category.

However, the Sumatran orangutan is categorized as critically endangered in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s famous Red List of threatened species.

The Bornean orangutan, meanwhile, is categorized by the IUCN as endangered.

Both subspecies are also listed in Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which lists species threatened with extinction and affected by trade.

“For years those caught trading in or possessing Sumatran orangutans could never be charged because the animal isn’t considered a protected species,” said Abu Bakar Chekmat, head of the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA).

“All that we’ve been able to do is call on people, from local administration officials to private citizens, to stop poaching orangutans because they’re a protected species, which is effectively a public lie because the legislation doesn’t back that reasoning.”

Abu added that poachers had long exploited this loophole to sustain their trade, resulting in diminished numbers of Sumatran orangutans in the wild.

There are an estimated 7,500 of the subspecies left, compared with 45,000 Bornean orangutans.

The largest wild population of Sumatran orangutans is in Aceh’s Leuser National Park.

Samedi, a member of the National Forestry Council, welcomed the government’s commitment to address the shortcomings in the regulations.

“The government must amend the stipulated punishment for trading in protected and unprotected species,” he said.

Herry Djoko Susilo, chairman of the Indonesian Orangutan Forum (Forina), said the government’s commitment was just one part of the conservation effort, which also included NGOs, experts and the private sector.

“We appreciate the commitments made by the various stakeholders, and we call on them to carry them out consistently.”

He added that Forina’s role in the conservation effort was to monitor the roles played by all of the stakeholders.

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