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, August 30, 2010

Illegal hunters seriously hinder wildlife surveys

Antara News, Monday, August 30, 2010 20:51 WIB

Bengkulu (ANTARA News) - The presence of illegal hunters have become a serious hindrance to conservationists in Bengkulu Province who conduct surveys of endangered species, including Sumatran tigers (Phantera Tigris Sumatrae).

Chairman of Bengkulu Province`s Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Andi Basrah said here Monday that two suspected hunters had recently been arrested while selling preserved tigers.

The suspects admitted that they got the preserved tigers through hunting activities by using such tools as trap nets and baits, he said.

It was not difficult to hunt Sumatran tigers now because they could be found near villages as a result of their damaged natural habitat, he said.

Basrah said the total population of Sumatran tigers was expected to reach 400 but it was not easy to conduct a survey to find out the current population of these big cats partly due to limited budgets.

Besides huge fund, the survey should also be supported by competent human resources, he said adding that illegal hunters were threatening the habitats of such endangered animals as the Sumatran tiger, elephant, and bear.

Spokesman of Bengkulu Province`s BKSDA, Supatono, recently said the precise number of Sumatran tigers in the province was not known partly because of lack of supporting facilities and competent human resources.

The Sumatran tigers` tracks could only be detected after locals reported about those wild animals, he said.

Residents of three villages in Maje sub-district, Kaur district, had recently been shocked by the coming of several Sumatran tigers.

After conservationists had studied the causing factors, it was found that three villages` areas were part of the Sumatran tigers` habitat, Supatono said.

The hungry tigers were also reported to have attacked some villagers` goats and dogs, he said.

About the government`s efforts to increase the population of Sumatran tigers from 400 to 800 by 2012, he said this ambition remained challenged by some unfavorable factors.

The factors were, among others, poor habitat, insufficient food, and poor surveillance of illegal hunting activities, he said.

In handling those illegal hunters, a comprehensive task force involving forest rangers, police and military apparatuses, environmentalists, and conservationists, was needed, he said.

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