The Great Circle of Life

So I’ve been thinking a lot over the weekend and sometimes that 140 characters on Twitter just cannot express how your feeling…Without posting about 20,000 tweets…Which is a little annoying for others…And no chance for editing either!

Over the weekend on the live safari that I watch regularly…(Seriously, check it out). There was a great tragedy that started a huge debate. I thought about what everyone was saying and what I’ve learnt while watching and I just wanted to express how I felt about the situation…That involves more than 140 characters.

The situation involved some of Djuma’s highly endangered Wild Dogs and one of the safari’s more well known Prides the Styx Pride. Usually Wild Dogs are pretty good at getting out of the way of a Lioness/Lion. Wild Dogs have huge ears designed for listening, but unfortunately and by some sad situation, they just didn’t hear the Lioness, and she came out of nowhere to kill one of the younger Wild Dogs. Too lose even one Wild Dog is horrible because they are just so highly endangered. At the same time though I don’t blame or hate the Lioness for killing the Dog, especially with her own cubs being so close by, which if the Dogs are had found, would have torn them apart.  The Lioness also does not know that the Dogs are so critically endangered.

It started a huge debate on what type of animal is “better”. The wildlife is not Disney, even in the Lion King, Mufasa doesn’t say anything about NOT eating the antelope. Just all the “Great circle of Life”… stuff … The best thing I have discovered since watching Safari Live was love for all creatures, the herbivores, the predators, even some of the bugs and insects…Have you ever seen a Dung Beetle, did you know how much they can lift?!

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Yes I still have my old and tried favourites, but now I just have so many more!

  • I have a huge amount of respect for Buffalo,
  • Warthogs make for fierce mothers,
  • Egyptian Geese duckling are just the cutest,
  • Jackals are the most nervous creatures I have ever seen and
  • The hearts of the elephants…Just stunning!

What I’m saying, I hate it when we all fight on the safari live channel, it really unsettles me. People like different animals, and predators having to kill another predator when their own cubs are nearby, it just really is nature. We can’t all like the exact same animals, because, well it just can’t happen…I think we can all agree though, Maggots are just icky.

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Quokka

In case you hadn’t guessed already I come from a “Land Down Under”…Best Country in the world =P lol…Anyways I came across this article over the weekend and it filled me with joy.

http://themindcircle.com/quokka-selfie-is-cutest-trend-in-australia-right-now/?utm_content=bufferf91ac&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer%20

The Quokka has been the happiest animal on earth, as you can see from the pictures, you can probably see why. As one article quoted:

Meet the Quokka, a marsupial that seems to have come straight from an animator at Disney, but is actually native to a small corner of southwestern Australia.

Source: Meet The Quokka, The Happiest Animal In The World (PHOTOS) (Huffington Post)

Quokkas are usually very friendly animals as you can tell by the pictures, and pose no threat to humans whatsoever. However, these sweet little creatures, as you can imagine, because they are so placid and docileb. Their numbers were greatly reduced when Foxes and Cats were introduced to Australia. They are currently listed as “Vulnerable”. The good news though due to conservation and fox control programs, the numbers are starting to increase again.

I would normally not enjoy the selfies with a wild animals, but they don’t seemed stressed out. The other reason I don’t object to it, is mainly because it’s not the same as those “Lion/Tiger” photos. Were you take a photo with one and then they get killed afterwards? You know those ones?

Most of these photos are done in conservation parks. If I felt it was wrong, I definitely wouldn’t be “advertising” it, so to speak.

#WorldLionDay

I did not realise that today was #WorldLionDay! World Lion Day August 10

Lions are probably my most favourite animals and I think that they are just magnificent! I don’t know what it is about Lions, I think it might be because they are one of the few social cats that hang together in Prides and Collations. Yet, they are huge and strong, and you see them play with their cubs, so teeny tiny and how gentle they are…Especially the Lionesses!…Except of course when a Male collation takes over.

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Some teeny tiny paws for you to enjoy ❤

I love all animals…Except for maggots…Eww! NOTHING on this earth will make me love them.

Lions are just a special animal for me. I feel though we owe all these endangered animals our help, from elephants to the black-eyed leaf Frog. We need to do something, it’s not their fault they should not be punished because of our stupidity and cruelty.

RIP Harambe

I am going to start by saying I am not going to start “bashing” the parents, nor am I going to start bashing the Zoo and the keepers for the choices they made.

I will say this IS however a tragedy.

I’ve been thinking about this tragedy for the last couple of days instead of having a knee-jerk reaction or start talking about “Well, Gorilla’s do this”…I LOVE animals, even the really freaky ones…But we don’t know them, they do unusual and extraordinary things all the time. It’d be great to have them out in the wild, twenty four seven, but that’s not realistic, some Zoo’s have great breeding and conservation programs.

Yes, some Zoo’s are horrible, because lets face it, something run by human beings is not going to go 100% perfect all the time. Once we as humans can stop endangering animals then they can be safe running around where and when ever they want too. What are all these people who say Zoos should be shut down going to do with the animals if the Zoo’s are shut down? Are they going to take them in? I doubt it.

Happy Endangered Species Day?

The reason I put a question mark next to my title was because I thought to myself…Was the “Happy” really necessary considering the topic?

Endangered Species Day 2016: 9 Facts, Quotes And Ways To Help Plants And Animals Facing Extinction 

International Business Times, Article written by Jess McHugh

Today is a good day to take a look at ourselves as a whole individual species and ask ourselves “What can I do to help?”…We have the power to help these animals, these animals who cannot speak for themselves. We are the ones that are taking such a large amount of these lives away. Extinction will happen to every single species eventually, but usually these take thousands, if not millions of years to happen and it use to be because of either evolution changes or environmental changes. Yet, humans can wipe out whole species in just years.

Below I have posted a link to a list of the WFF Endangered Species List:

WWF: SPECIES DIRECTORY

Now this list does not include all of the endangered species on this planet. One also has consider the impact that we are having on species like the bees,frogs and birds. It’s not just the big animals we have to look out for, it’s the little ones too.

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Hands off the Elephants!

I don’t normally post on the weekend, but I thought that some of you may be interested in this event.

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If you have a Twitter account, or please encourage friends that have Twitter accounts. Please look for tweets #WorthMoreAlive and please look for the accounts: Wildlife Direct (Twitter) and Wildlife Direct (Webpage)

#LightaFire, #Tweet4Elephants…

StopTheFires

I guess that this post isn’t exactly what you would call “Magical” but please read!

As you will read this in the country of Borneo trees that produce Palm Oil are currently (and mostly) being burnt down illegally. This means that wild animals such as Orangutans and the Sumtarian Tigers homes and land are being burnt and Orangutan rescue/orphanages are becoming increasingly in the way of the burning fires.

Please look at these sites to find out more and visit this website to help donate: https://redapes.org/firefund

  1. opf.org (Orangutan Protection Foundation)
  2. Orangutan Foundation – UK

World Lion Day

I am sure most of you have heard of Cecil the Lion and the very sad story that has followed since. I clearly care about more animals and people than just “Cecil the Lion”, but if I were to post about everything I am passionate about, my news-feed postings would never end!lol…With animals (for me personally) they cannot speak for themselves, for example today, a white Rhino died the same week as Cecil…leaving 4 known left in the world, forever…We caused that, we owe these animals…So thanks for those supporting me and not making me feel bad about speaking up, cause apparently there are a lot of people who are upset people caring so much about “just a Lion”…I kind of want my children and my grandchildren to be able to see wild animals running around free…That’s just me though…I’m hoping that this tragedy will bring some good, especially for conservation!

The Australian Senate: Keep the ban on lion trophies and body parts

There was a poem written by this 13 year old boy whose wishes to remain anonymous, and for me personally, it speaks exactly to how I feel and what I think about the situation.

I am Cecil.

Naturally I am powerful.
Yet the situation was such that I am not longer alive.
Alive to hunt, alive to live, alive to be African.
I am not Cecil. But I am Africa, An Africa for you to kill, obviously.

I am every rhino and elephant that you tear apart.
I am the Ivory ripped from their faces, for you to consume.
I am rhino and elephant. I am Cecil, I am Africa.

I am sorry that we can’t defend the defenseless against people with weapons used to attack.
I am sorry that we can’t bring Cecil back.
You’ve killed Cecil.
You’re killing Africa.

I am not Cecil.
I am Africa.
I need help.*

Donate to help High 5. Give $5. Save Big Cats.

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(Myself and my Mufusa…Click on the picture to be taken to World Lion Day twitter page)

Racing Extinction

I don’t know how many of you know about this or have already seen this, but I would have loved to have been there. I don’t think watching it on a computer screen is really doing it that much justice.

On the first of August 2015, New York and Racing Extinction put on a very impressive light show. On the side of the Empire State Building there was a huge light show. What was showing on the building were pictures of the animals that are considered endangered and are close to becoming extinct.

See Cecil the Lion and Other Animals Light Up the Empire State Building

Article written by Jack Linshi and published by online TIME magazine.

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Published on 2 Aug 2015

The filmmakers behind the project calls “Racing Extinction” say they hope it will draw attention and inspire a global conversation about the plight of endangered species. Their documentary is due to air on Discovery channel in December. The live video projection will be on display tomorrow from 9 p.m. till midnight.