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)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Coffee fells Sumatra forests despite UNESCO, park status

Oyos Saroso H.N., The Jakarta Post, Bandarlampung

The island of Sumatra may have lost some five million hectares of forest -- more than a quarter of its total forest area -- between 1990 and 2000, according to statistics.

Lampung Wildlife Conservation Society activist Dwi Nugroho Adhiasto said conversion to farm land was the worst problem, followed by mining and new roads.

These activities, he said, threatened the island's unique bio-diversity, citing the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhinoceros and Rafflesia flower.

In 2004 three national parts acquired United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage status: Bukit Barisan in Lampung, Kerinci Seblat in Jambi and Gunung Leuser in Aceh. But this is no guarantee of protection.

Head of Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Lusman Pasaribu, said he hoped "all institutions, even from foreign countries, will take part in saving Sumatra's forests," without mentioning what could be done about coffee plantations located within park boundaries.

Lusman said West Lampung and Tanggamus regencies in Lampung and Kaur regency in Bengkulu needed conservation plans, noting that some parts of West Lampung were technically protected areas.

Lusman encouraged the central government and local administrations to suggest alternative livelihoods so that farming would not longer destroy forests.

Sumatra environmental activist Sherly Ering said she wanted people to care about the forest and detailed the activities of the her organizations "Million Hopes" public outreach and education program.

The World Wildlife Federation in Indonesia has reported that coffee plantations -- including some located within national parks such as Bukit Barisan -- cause deforestation

According to WWF Indonesia, about 17 percent of Bukit Barisan's 360,000 hectares have been turned to farming, mostly coffee.

WWF Indonesia reported there were 40 companies exporting coffee from Lampung to dozens of countries in Europe, Africa, North America and Australia, as well as Asia.

According to WWF, in 2003 nearly half of Lampung's export coffee was grown in the park.

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