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)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Enter the Dragon, Ministry Urges Indonesians

The Jakarta Globe, Nurfika Osman, March 3, 2009

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is enlisting an army of musicians, ministries and local officials for a campaign to get the Komodo National Park placed on a list of seven “New Wonders” of nature.

The Switzerland-based New7Wonders Foundation has launched an online voting contest to name seven of the world’s top forests, national parks or nature preserves.

Sapta Nirwandar, the ministry’s marketing director, said on Monday that officials need to prod Indonesians into voting for its dragon park to ensure it makes the cut.

Sapta said that the ministry would employ the talents of the World Peace Orchestra, which is conducted by one of the country’s most famous musicians, Dwiki Dharmawan.

“Through the WPO, Dwiki and local and international musicians will promote ‘Vote for Komodo National Park for the New 7 Wonders’ on May 21,” he said. “But the WPO will also promote Komodo at the Javajazz festival this weekend.”

In this year’s competition, more than 260 national and multinational nominees were divided into seven groups, which are now competing for 77 slots that will be judged on July 7. The Komodo National Park on Monday stood at 13th place in its group.

“By the end of July 7, the Komodo National Park must stand at 11th place in order to pass to the third stage,” he said.

The third stage of the competition would narrow the field to 21 wonders of the world by December. Only the top three wonders of each group would make it to the next round. In the end, only one wonder in seven final groups would be declared as part of the new seven wonders of the world.

In its current group, Komodo is up against 56 national parks, such as the Subterranean River National Park in Puerta Princessa in the Philippines, the Amazon in Brazil, Eua National Park in Tonga, the Black Forest in Germany, and the Dinosaur Provincial Park of Canada.

Sapta said people can vote for the Komodo on the New7Wonders or on

“We also have communicated this campaign to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and they are ready to help us,” Sapta said.

Separately, ministry spokesman Gatot Dewa Broto said that they were currently printing information about the Komodo National Park to distribute to schools, travel agencies, and restaurants across the country.

“But we have not had any request from [the Ministry of Culture and Tourism] to build more infrastructure in remote areas so that those people are able to vote online,” Gatot said.

In the 2007 contest to name man-made wonders, the Borobudur Buddhist temple in Yogyakarta was passed over due to a lack of votes. Sapta said he did not want to miss out again.

“Borobudur is not listed as one of the seven wonders as we did not know that we had to do to vote for it,” he said.

Komodo National Park is in East Nusa Tenggara.

Photo: The giant komodo dragon is the chief attraction of Komodo National Park. (JG)

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