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.

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"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)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sumatran Rhino Caught on Camera in East Kalimantan

Jakarta Globe, Erwida Maulia, October 2, 2013

Video traps produce first ever hard evidence of Sumatran rhino population
in Kalimantan forests. (Photo from WWF Indonesia)

Camera traps have caught a glimpse of the elusive Sumatran rhino in the last place conservation experts expected to look: the jungles of East Kalimantan, the World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia announced on Wednesday.

“The team is delighted to have secured the first known visual evidence of the Sumatran rhino in Kalimantan,” the organization said in a press release.

The Borneo subspecies of the Sumatran rhino was thought to be extinct in Indonesia. About 25 of the critically endangered rhinos may remain in Malaysia’s Sabah state, according to WWF-Indonesia.

Conservation experts first stumbled on footprints that looked suspiciously like rhino tracks during a trek through the jungle to monitor orangutans in East Kalimantan. WWF-Indonesia and district officials then set up sixteen camera traps in the West Kutai district and waited.

It took three months, but in late June officials caught first sight of the two-horned rhino. A similar rhino appeared on camera on two other occasions — on June 30 and Aug. 3, WWF-Indonesia said. The animal was seen wallowing in the mud and wandering through the shots in search of food.

It is unknown if the footage is of one rhino or two, WWF-Indonesia said.

“This physical evidence is very important, as it forms the basis to develop and implement more comprehensive conservation efforts for the Indonesian rhinoceros,” Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said in his opening speech at the Asian Rhino Range States Ministerial Meeting, in Bandar Lampung, Sumatra, on Wednesday.

“This finding represents the hard work of many parties, and will hopefully contribute to achieving Indonesia’s target of 3 percent annual rhino population growth,” he said.

Government officials and nongovernmental organizations gathered in Bandar Lampung for an international meeting on rhino conservation. Representatives from Indonesia, Bhutan, India, Malaysia and Nepal were in attendance.

WWF-Indonesia conservation director Nazir Foead pushed for greater conservation efforts of the Indonesian rhino.

“WWF calls on all parties, in Indonesia and around the world, to immediately join the efforts to conserve the Indonesian rhinoceros,” Nazir said.

There are fewer than 300 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild after decades of poaching and deforestation decimated their numbers.

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