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, October 2, 2010

Tambling’s Sumatran tiger

Jerry Adiguna, The Jakarta Post, West Lampung | Sat, 10/02/2010 9:59 AM

As Mekar (a 3-year-old Sumatran tiger) roars inside her transport cage, all the men that were supposed to carry the cage from the plane cargo hold stopped for a moment and felt that jittery tickly feeling in their tummies.

No more preying: Ucok (right) and Salma netted
 in Aceh after reportedly preying on humans, rest
on their cages at the TWNC.
Although used to hearing wild Sumatrans tigers roar in the jungle, standing less than 3 inches from a real live one, separated by less than 1 centimeters of steel plate with hole in it and staring a wild tiger eye to eye while she is roaring at you the whole time, will make most people’s tummies tickle at least a little.

Still feeling dozey from her air sickness after being flew from Bengkulu, Sumatra, Mekar stood reasonably alert inside the 2X1 meter transport cage.

The doctor that accompanied her from BKSD Jambi, Sumatera sprayed fresh water from a spray jar, trying to relax her.

A few moment later the men moved the cage quickly outside from the back of the plane and onto a carrier pulled by a tractor to transport her to the Sumatran Tiger Rescue Center operated by Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC), about 3 kilometers from the grass airfield.

There she will begin the rehabilitation process before being released back to the wilderness of Tampang Belitung jungle, part of the South Bukit Barisan National Conservation Park, Lampung, Sumatera.

Mekar was caught near a small transmigration program village called Mekar village, Bengkulu, Sumatra early in the 2nd quarter of 2010. She was a victim of illegal poaching. She watched as her mother and siblings were killed by human beings. With the strong memory capabilities that Sumatran tigers, this awful incident could leave a deep scar affecting her perceptions toward people.

Luckily Mekar grew up around the small village and eat left over food given to her by the local people while she strayed around the village.

Hungry eyes: A trainer gives a piece of meat to Mekar,
 a 3-year-old Sumatran tiger, in her cage at the  rescue
center operated by
Her interactions with the village at least, hopefully, helped deal with her trauma and possible fear of humans. She even developed a close relation with some of the village people. Its even reported she got used to licking the hand of one of the local people.

After being caught by Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam (BKSDA), Mekar went through medical treatment and observation for more than three months in Bengkulu, Sumatra. After discussion among local high officials and observation, it was finally decided to send Mekar to the Sumatran Tiger Rescue Center operate by TWNC in the south of Lampung and to prepare her to begin the rehabilitation program before being released back into the wilderness. There she will be joining two other Sumatran tigers called Salma and Ucok who are also being rehabilitated.

The name “Tambling” is an abbreviation of Tampang-Belimbing, which is named after Teluk Tampang in the eastern side and Tanjung Belimbing on the western side of the park. Since 1992, PT Adhiniaga Kreasinusa was granted a permit to run Tambling as a tourist destination that covers an area of 100 hectares in July 2008, the company also obtained a permit from Southern Bukit Barisan National Park to supervise an area of  45.000 hectares. The working site of PT Adhiniaga Kreasinusa in Tambling is called the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC).

Home sweet home? Several tigers have been released
back after being treated at the Sumatran Tiger Rescue
Center operated by TWNC
The natural ecosystem of Tambling provide a good habitat for Muntiacus muntjacs, a kind of small deer, wild buffaloes and wild boars and various small mammals including porcupines. Also some rare serati Cairina scutulata ducks often visit Sei Leman Lake and Menjukut in TNWC.

The Sumatran Tiger Rescue Centre of TWNC cover more than 10 hectare of land, located deep in the jungle of TWNC protected area at a height of  up to 300 meters. The location is selected for the natural vegetation that matches with the natural habitat of the tiger.

It became a school for the tigers before they are released into wilderness of the Tampang Belimbing jungle. They train the tigers to become familiar with their natural surroundings, with their natural instinct to hunt live prey, so when they are released to the wilderness they are prepared and well adapted.

— Photos by JP/J. Adiguna

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