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 16, 2007

U.N.: Orangutans' Survival Faces Threat

By ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer

Latimes, 2:22 PM PDT, June 11, 2007

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Indonesia's tropical rain forests are disappearing 30 percent faster than previously estimated as illegal loggers raid national parks, threatening the long-term survival of orangutans, according to a U.N. report released Monday.

Loggers are clearing an estimated 5.2 million acres of forest a year for timber worth $4 billion, said the U.N. Environment Program report, which was released at the triennial meeting of the 171-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Earlier forecasts said Indonesia's lowland rain forests would be seriously degraded by 2032. But projections based on new satellite surveillance suggest that 98 percent of the forests will be destroyed by 2022, and many protected areas for orangutans will be gone by 2012, the report said.

Only about 7,000 Sumatran orangutans and 50,000 Borneo orangutans remain in the wild. The number of Sumatran orangutans has fallen 91 percent in the last century, based on studies of the number of apes in today's forests, said Ian Redmond, of UNEP's Great Apes Survival Project, which carried out the study.

"The populations are crashing dramatically," the project's Melanie Virtue said.

Orangutans fleeing overlogged areas have ended up in "refugee camps" run by the UNEP project or in Indonesian rescue centers, which now hold about 1,000 orangutans. The report said the illegal trade in young orangutans for private zoos and safari parks has increased to "significant numbers," without specifying further.

A 1975 CITES treaty prohibits all trade in orangutans except by special permit.

Orangutans breed once every seven years, meaning their numbers struggle to recover even without the destruction of their habitat. But the report said they have shown they can survive selective logging. Orangutan numbers dropped in two parts of Sumatra island after large trees were extracted from the forest, but rebounded as the forest regenerated, the report said.

The report estimated up to 88 percent of all Indonesian timber was logged illegally, with illegal loggers operating in 37 of Indonesia's 41 national parks. Further habitat pressure is coming from the clearing of forests to make room for palm oil tree plantations to meet the growing appetite for biofuels, it said.

There was some good news: Indonesian authorities recently intercepted shipments totaling 2.4 million cubic feet -- about 3,000 truckloads -- of illegal timber and arrested several people, according to the report.

But Virtue said the international community must take a stand. "We are urging consumer nations to do more to ensure the timber they import is legal," she said

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