Look at this gorgeous animal. Gaze long and deep into those eyes. Imagine seeing this in the wild (being at a safe distance) to observe her in her natural habitat. It would be a dream come true for me. And then there are people out there who would aim a rifle at this animal and pull the trigger for the thrill of the kill. It wouldn't be for meat. It would be a trophy kill.
What happened in a person's life to grow up and become that person? How does a human take a life like this with not a care or thought in the world? There has to be a lack of connection to life to be able to disregard it so readily, and worse, to celebrate in the loss of another's life as if it's a victory.
I know how much all life on the planet fills me with awe and wonder. It's a gift to feel as deeply as I do. I can't imagine feeling as empty as trophy hunter's must feel that the only rush they can get is to blow an animal away. They are missing what makes life so incredibly beautiful and forever soul feeding and magical. I should feel sorry for those people, but I'm not evolved enough yet. I still feel frustration and anger ...
I received a copy of the NatGeo book where you'll find my 'cutsie' photo of two chipmunks. The book was published before Rupert Murdoch took controlling interest. I have been inspired by National Geographic since I was a young child when I dreamed of being a photographer for them. It's tragic that their long legacy of standing for science, research, and investigation is now over, for Murdoch’s companies have long stood against all three.
On page 46 in the book of Friend's Forever, a National Geographic publication, you'll find the adorable soul mates, Albert & Alberta. They also debuted in the French version of this book last year.
Albert is seen below on the window ledge contently walking past my cat at my cabin!
Back in 2010, I designed a book with all my furry wild friend called You're Not Alone. It's the perfect gift for a friend or relative who needs a hug and warm thoughts.
Albert and Alberta were mates. They did everything together and I enjoyed their company in the wild for several summers in the mountains around my cabin.
"Every orphan of poaching once had a family. As Hugo Guinness' moving animation shows, at our nursery we offer hope, a future and a second chance at life to victims of the ivory trade. "
This is their story and I post this with my amazing granddaughter, Aaliyah, in mind. She loves all animals and has been gifted two adopted elephants over the past few years.
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"Over the past 20 years, tens of thousands of wild orangutans
by Dominique Mosbergen of the Huffingtonpost
It was late evening. The skies were dark and dogs were howling. Into the BOS Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Center on the island of Borneo rushed a rescue worker cradling a tiny bundle in his arms.
He handed over the precious package to the manager on duty. Inside, with a face as small as a mouse’s, was a 3-month-old orangutan.
Those who were there that day say there are two things they remember most about their first meeting with the baby ape: her intelligent eyes, big and bright; and her fragile left arm -- half of which was conspicuously missing.
The baby’s hand had been hacked off.
“Infant orangutans, who ride on their mothers’ stomachs by holding onto their long hair, have incredibly strong grips. They do not let go,” Richard Zimmerman, whose organizationOrangutan Outreach helps facilitate the rescue and rehabilitation of wild orangutans, told The Huffington Post. “The baby’s hand was chopped off -- most likely to pry her off her mother.”
Rescuers believe that the infant and her mom had been driven out of their forest home when it was destroyed to make way for a palm oil plantation. Starving, disoriented and too weak to climb, the mother ape was likely walking on the forest floor in search of food when she encountered the humans who would kill her and maim her child.
Rescuers named the baby orangutan “Kesi,” Swahili for “child born in difficult times.” That name is apt for many a wild orangutan living today. READ FULL ARTICLE
The Yulin festival is not a happy holiday like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving or many more. It is a horrible day on June 21 and 22 when many in China torture, kill, and eat 2 million dogs for luck. As a person who loves all animals, I tried avoiding writing this, thinking that it was not important, that I did not need to learn about it just because it was sad. But I was wrong. Just because it was sad it does not make it unimportant. If people felt this way about everything then no one would know about many historical events like the Holocaust, or 9/11/2001?
The dogs are tortured in many different ways. Some are stolen from backyards, then get their legs broken, and are even drowned. Others are lit on fire and burned to death. Many more are tortured in ways that you could not even bear listening to.
In China they don’t see a problem with this. We look down on them for killing what we call, ‘’man’s best friend,’’ because we have dogs not only as pets but as family. The truth is they feel the same about animals that we eat because they are more than just part of your dinner. I read a very intriguing story on nytimes.com about how in China that is normal for them and they are confused by the hypocrisy from America because we think it is a horrible thing to do yet we eat cows, pigs, and chickens, their pets!
Not all people from China are dog- eaters. There are many people who have helped, for example Fan Bingbing a Chinese actor posted a video online about how eating dogs is wrong. A retired school teacher paid $7,000 to save 500 dogs; there are also many protests that have been going on for months about the Yulin festival.
Although this is a sad topic it needs to be learned and shared to spread awareness so maybe one day this holiday will not exist.
There are some gruesome photos of skinned dogs and dogs being cooked. I'm not
showing those. You can google for yourself. The photos below if clicked on take you to more pics and more info.
I headed out to a very dry field of weeds today to discover some tiny life.
I've spent hundreds of hours in the field exploring tiny life. I've learned a lot about many tiny creatures. It's not the kind of stuff you read about in books. It's hands on things from interacting with my subjects. I have often blogged about my personal experiences with them.
I've witnessed brawls, curiosity, fear, happiness (bees diving inside flowers and bathing in the pollen) and fatigue. I would describe them as having personalities, and quite different even within the same species. Others would call it simply their nature. I don't know which it is. I think all this time and observation is what has helped me feel so connected to my bees.
A big problem in America and many foreign countries is animals being tested for cosmetics. This is not safe because all of these new products have never been tested before so no one knows if it has dangerous chemicals or not. These chemicals could injure or kill the animals they are being tested on.
The most common animals that are used for testing are rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs. Monkeys are also used because they carry 94% of human genes so they tend to have the same reactions as people. All of the animals are tested for different things; for example, genotoxicity mutagenicity tests for the beginning stages of cancer. There is also developmental toxicity which is a test for birth defects. Some more common ones include eye irritation, skin irritation, and the most popular makeup.
An animal being tested for cosmetics leaves the animal with horrible conditions; many suffer both internal and external damages. The slightest drop of an eye cosmetic has melted several rabbits’ eye corneas. This is very dangerous yet people continue to do it. Luckily we have many contributors who have helped animals being tested like Congressmen Jim Moran who is working on making the entire U.S free of animals being tested for cosmetics and even some foreign countries.
An animal being tested for cosmetics is not safe for animals because they have no chance of quitting their jobs like humans can. Humans have different reactions then animals so most of the time is wasted because most animals are more sensitive to products than humans.
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Americans can be separated into three groups when it comes to raccoons. The first group is neutral. These people don’t hate raccoons or love them. Then there are those who want to make them into hats and would like to shoot them whenever they get the chance. The last group cares; you know the ones who have cute stuffed animal raccoons and cry when one dies in a movie. My goal for this article is to make sure you are part of this last group that loves raccoons.
Raccoons are great! They have beautiful, big eyes, covered by a “mask”, giving them a burglar look. They have thick, gray, and brown fur with a ringed tail. They eat a lot of fish, seeds, nuts, eggs, birds and trash, depending on where they live. Raccoons can weigh 15-40 pounds! They have a hunched over back because they have longer back legs than front.
Raccoons are not good at getting along with other animals because they are very territorial. There have been reports of raccoons fighting animals from cougars to dogs. They generally live only 1-3 years in captivity, but can live as long as 20 years. Despite their odd behavior they are often kept as pets, which is not the best idea. Raccoons can bite and scratch when they become adults and most people don’t understand how much attention and care they need. They can be taught to use a kitty litter, but they are mischievous and will keep their owners very busy. It’s best, in my opinion, to leave raccoons in the outdoors and where they are free to live in the wild.
Types of Raccoons
There are seven species of raccoons. The most common is the North American Raccoon. Another species is the cozumel “pygmy” raccoon. These raccoons are adorable. They are tiny, fluffy, big-eyed raccoons that are sadly endangered. They are only found on one island in the entire world, off the Yucatan peninsula. Also there are only about 500 pygmy raccoons left in the world. The reason for this is that people have been taking their habitat from them and they have no way to get off the island, also they are prey to many animals from cats to cobras. They are also prone to diseases. Nothing has been done to save these poor helpless creatures. Other species of raccoons include the crab-eating raccoon and the cacomistle raccoon.
Why people consider Raccoons to be Pests
Raccoon are sometimes seen as pests. They maraud through trash, hide, attack and occasionally chew through walls. According to Quora.com, raccoons are hated because they are smart and so they can break into garages and dig in yards. They are clever and know how to survive. They are also disliked because they are aggressive, challenging other animals and humans. But other than aggressively searching for trash and chewing, people also don’t like them because they can be very destructive. They can do a lot of damage to a lawn, garage, or even inside a house. However, this is not a reason to hate them!
Sadly, raccoons are being hunted for their fuzzy fur and even their meat. People wear thick, warm hats made from raccoon fur. Most upsetting is the fact that these precious animals are being hunted for sport all over the United States. Raccoon hunters like hunting raccoons because it gives their dogs a real challenge when hunting. The raccoons will lead the dogs all over the forest by sneaking all over and sometimes even going into a stream or river to block their scent.
In conclusion, raccoons are smart, funny, fascinating animals. They should not be considered pests just because they are smart and clever. Left alone in their natural habitat, this cleverness comes in handy. However, this cleverness is not appreciated by most humans when they are sharing the same habitat. I hope you are now part of the “loving raccoons” group!
My Idea To Help Endangered Cozumel Raccoons
April 2, 2015
Chicago Zoological Society
3300 Golf Rd, Brookfield, IL 60513
Dear Chicago Zoological Society Members,
My name is Sarah and I am 10 years old. I really enjoy visiting the Brookfield Zoo and I love animals. I have an idea that will save the endangered species of the Cozumel Raccoons. These adorable raccoons are not surviving on their island because of many things, habitat loss, being fed junk food by tourists, not being able to escape hunting on their tiny island and more.
The Cozumel Raccoons (or as most know them The Pygmy Raccoons) could have their own exhibit decorated like the Cozumel Islands, their natural habitat. Not only will it help save the Pygmy Raccoons, many people will want to visit the Brookfield Zoo seeing you will be the only zoo in the world with Pygmy Raccoons.
I have come up with a fundraiser idea to help pay for the exhibit, “Pizza for the Pygmy Raccoons”. People could pay a certain amount for pizza at the Brookfield Zoo, and after pizza they could check out all of your other fascinating exhibits. If you would like to know more about the Pygmy Raccoons you could see my article about Pygmy Raccoons at www.foralltheanimals.com. If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blog by Sarah J.
About the Author:
I am a seventh grader who lives in Minnesota. My dream in life is to become an actress, writer, or architect. A few of my hobbies are musical theatre, volunteer work, spending time outside, and multiple sports. I first felt a love for animals on our family road trip a few years ago, cross country to Yellowstone National Park where we saw many beautiful animals like deer, elk, moose, eagles, bison, horses, wolves, and so many more. I love all types of animals from the smallest insect to the largest whale. I feel that nature is the most magnificent thing on earth and without we would not only not be able to survive, but we wouldn't be able to ever see true beauty in the world. Wildlife is a marvelous part of our world and I love how no matter how much the world pollutes there are still people out there that will help no matter what.
I live in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes. I am surrounded by wildlife and beautiful creatures, animals, and nature. I just love the crisp and cool wind in the winter, and the moist and warm air in the summer. I also love how the snow lightly covers the trees in the winter, and starts to melt away in the spring. Every morning in the fall, beautiful crystallized frost will cover the ground. In the summer I love walking barefoot in the grass because the sharp blades sweep the bottom of my foot. Everything about Minnesota I absolutely love. I would grow up no place else.
Minnesota is not just a place of beautiful scenery and of course the freezing cold, it is also a place of miraculous animals. Let's start with ..Minnesota's state bird, The Common Loon. The Common Loon is a breed of a Loon that is Indigenous to Minnesota. The Common Loon, is more at home in the water than on land. Built a lot like a torpedo, it swims underwater in search of their food. Minnesota has more common loons than any other state except Alaska. Common Loons obviously live in places with a very cold climate, all though like all other birds, they move south in the winter. Loons born earlier that spring are the last to head south, sometimes as late as November, because they need the extra time to grow and strengthen for the long trip. A typical Loon diet is most likely to be, panfish, perch, ciscoes, suckers, trout, bullheads, smelt, and minnows. They also may eat frogs, leeches, crayfish, mollusks, salamanders, amphipods, and insects. The Common Loon is a very interesting and beautiful creature, if you ever decide to travel to Minnesota make sure you look out for one of these miraculous birds.
Another commonly known animal to Minnesota is The Grey Wolf. Grey wolves once existed throughout Minnesota. However, removal began shortly after European settlement. Wolves were removed from Minnesota mostly by poisoning. A state-directed wolf control program persisted until gray wolves were added to the endangered species list in 1974. At that time, the wolf population numbered approximately 750 animals. Minnesota is the only state in the contiguous United States that has always held a viable gray wolf population. Main prey for wolves there are deer, moose and beaver. You are most likely to find Grey Wolves in well forested places around rural areas. The Grey Wolf is an amazing animal with amazing skill, if you ever come to The Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Grey Wolf would be a great animal to look out for.
If you have any interest in witnessing wildlife in Minnesota here is a beautiful State Park you can go to and a beautiful State Forest to visit. One of my personal favorite State Parks in Minnesota is Gooseberry Falls. Gooseberry Falls is a magnificent place for trying to find the true beauty of all types of animals. For example, Gooseberry has so many animals like Eagles, multiple varieties of fish, loons, deer, and so many more. Gooseberry is a great place for hiking, bird watching, and just relaxing around the beauty and scenery of Minnesota. A marvelous State Forest you will never forget is Snake River. Snake River is an amazing and wonderful place to be and witness the beauty of nature as it grows, blooms, and flows. The state forest of Snake River is a great spot to be when you just want to experience all animals of Minnesota. As you can see, these are only two of the places in Minnesota that captures our states beauty, and there are still so many more.
So many people take animals and nature for granted, but they provide us life, and beauty through different eyes. All animals around the world are great creatures, but I feel like I have made a huge connection with the animals that are indigenous to my home state of Minnesota. Everyone should feel the same connection to wildlife that I do, I hope you can see nature through my own eyes.
In conclusion, Minnesota is a great place to witness all types of animals. From deer to moose. All animals in Minnesota are magnificent creatures who can do magnificent things. Everyone deserves to experience great beauty at least once in their lives. Why not start with the state of Minnesota?
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