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, June 2, 2007

Green message to help save Sumatran forests

Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

A green caravan will, both literally and figuratively, embark on a road show through Sumatra's main cities, aiming to raise ecological awareness of the importance of tropical rainforest and biodiversity conservation and sustainable growth.

"Our aim is to collect one million signatures from people from cities in Sumatra. Their 'hope letters' will then be used to convince our government to invest more in our forests there," the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Indonesia director, Noviar Andayani, told The Jakarta Post.

"We'll urge the government to make a change by investing more. Forest rehabilitation costs a lot of money," she said Thursday during the launching of the project.

The Mobile Information Conservation Center, nicknamed Cimo, will campaign in Sumatra using books, posters, leaflets, stickers, magazines, banners and comics.

In addition to disseminating crucial information and getting more voices on board, the campaigners also plan to hold seminars and creative activities such as drawing and story telling competitions.

There was 19.6 million hectares of forestland on Sumatra, but in 2000 this area was reduced by 5 million ha. The Sumatran tropical rainforest was named a world heritage site in 2004 by UNESCO.

Sumatra currently has three national parks -- Gunung Leuser, Kerinci Seblat and Southern Bukit Barisan -- with a total area spanning some 2 million ha.

Environmentalists traveling with Cimo will visit the cities of Bandar Lampung, Jambi, Padang and Medan, which represent the national parks, from June through to July.

Established in 1985 under the name New York Zoological Society, WSC receives support from a number of NGOs.

Using a scientific, educational and human resource developmental approach, the organization has 100 conservationists and 100 researchers working on various projects around the world.

Former environment minister Emil Salim said education about conservation would determine the future growth of Indonesia.

"Political and social science subjects teach knowledge that will be of secondary importance to the subjects of biology, genetics, marine biology and nanotechnology. The future belongs to people who excel in these subjects," he said.

Emil said that Sumatra's forests had been damaged predominantly by forest fires and both legal and illegal logging.

"Conservation of tropical rain forests is not only for the tigers. It is also for the survival of human beings. Moreover, compared to other countries, our greatest strength lies in our forest resources.

"Biodiversity in our forest is a source of important health products. Some of them can be used as materials to cure cancer and asthma and to treat strokes," he said.

A lawmaker from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, Sujono, said the principal of sustainable growth in Indonesia's forests was in accord with the Constitution and should be enacted promptly.

"The people would be better off if our forests are in good shape. However, now the forests are damaged and our people are not yet better off," he said.

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