Primates in peril: 50% of our closest living relatives are on the brink of extinction around the world


More than half of the world’s primates are at risk of dying out due to the threat posed by habitat loss and hunting. The Hainan gibbon (pictured) is thought to be the world’s most endangered primate, with just 25 of the animals left living on an isolated island in China

They are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom, yet more than half of the world’s primates are facing extinction due to our destruction of the habitats where they live.

Burning and clearing of large areas of tropical forest, combined with hunting of primates for food and illegal wildlife trade, has placed many species of apes, lemurs and monkeys at risk of dying out.

These include iconic species such as the Sumatran orang-utan, Grauer’s gorilla, the Northern brown howler monkey and the Hainan gibbon.

Scientists and conservation experts have now updated a report on the world’s 25 most endangered primates based on the current knowledge of the animals numbers and the risks facing them.

Dr Christoph Schwitzer, a primatologist and director of conservation at Bristol Zoological Society who helped compile the list, said: ‘This research highlights the extent of the danger facing many of the world’s primates.


Sumatran orang-utans (pictured) are one of the world’s most threatened species and has been the focus of intense conservation campaigns.

Madagascar has many unique species of primate but many of the island’s lemurs are now threatened, including the Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur (upper), which number just 5,000 animals left in the wild. South American primates like the Colombian black spider monkey (lower) are also under threat from habitat loss

‘We hope it will focus people’s attention on these lesser known primate species, some of which most people will probably have never heard of, such as the Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur from Madagascar – a species only discovered two years ago – or the Roloway monkey from Ghana and Ivory Coast, which we believe is on the very verge of extinction.’

‘Some of these animals have tiny populations remaining in the wild and support and action to help save them is vital if we are to avoid losing these wonderful animals forever.

‘This report makes scary reading for primatologists and the public alike, and highlights where we as conservationists must focus our attention over the coming years.’

There are 703 species and sub-species of primates around the world.

Every two years experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Bristol Zoological Society, International Primatological Society and Conservation International, produce a list of those most under threat.

In their latest report two species – the Philippine tarsier and the Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur from Madagascar – were included on the list for the first time.

The Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur was only discovered two years ago and its exact numbers are still unknown but its habitat is already being destroyed.

The report warned that Madagascar and Vietnam are home to large numbers of highly threatened primate species.

This is because many of the species live in isolated pockets of forest that are under threat of destruction.

The Northern sportive lemur from Madagascar is possibly the second most endangered animal to appear on the list with just 50 individuals known to survive.


Although some of the species that appear on the list of the most threatened animals are small and rarely seen, like the Philippine tarsier (upper), others are quite large and noisy species, like the brown howler monkey (lower)

The Cat Ba langur, or golden headed langur as it is also known, has just 60 individuals left on Cat Ba Island in Vietnam.

There are thought to be just 24 Hainan gibbons left on Hainan Island in China.

In Africa, the red colobus monkeys was under ‘particular threat’, as were some of South America’s howler monkeys and spider monkeys.

The Northern brown howler monkey, for example, has less than 250 mature animals living in the wild.

The report warned: ‘All of these species are relatively large and conspicuous, making them prime targets for bushmeat hunting.’

Russell Mittermeier, chair of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN, said he hoped the report would encourage governments to commit to ‘desperately needed biodiversity conservation measures’.

He said there was growing evidence that some primate species play important roles in dispersing tropical forest tree seeds, meaning they were essential to those habitats.

He added: ‘The purpose of our Top 25 list is to highlight those primates most at risk, to attract the attention of the public, to stimulate national governments to do more, and especially to find the resources to implement desperately needed conservation measures.

‘In particular, we want to encourage governments to commit to desperately needed biodiversity conservation measures.’


Lemurs in Madagascar are among the most threatened according to the report, including the red ruffed lemur (pictured). Exact numbers of this species are not known but they are extremely rare

The Roloway monkey lives in the forests of from Ghana and Ivory Coast but is thought to be on the ‘very verge’ of extinction, according to experts behind a new report on the world’s most endangered primates


Primate species. Number remaining in the wild.

Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur Unknown

Lake Alaotra bamboo lemur 2,500 – 5,000

Red ruffed lemur Unknown

Northern sportive lemur Around 50

Perrier’s sifaka 1,700 – 2,600

Rondo dwarf galago Unknown, but remaining habitat is just 100 square km

Roloway monkey Unknown, but thought to be on the very verge of extinction

Preuss’ red colobus monkey Unknown

Tana River red colobus monkey 1,000

Grauer’s gorilla 2,000 – 10,000

Philippine tarsier Unknown

Javan slow loris Unknown

Pig-tailed langur 3,300

Cat Ba langur 60

Delacour’s langur 234 – 275

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey less than 250

Kashmir grey langur Unknown

Western purple-faced langur Unknown

Hainan gibbon 25

Sumatran orang-utan Unknown

Ka’apor capuchin Unknown

Northern brown howler monkey Less than 250 adults

Colombian brown spider monkey Unknown

Ecuadorian brown-headed spider monkey Unknown

Courtesy of IUCN, the Bristol Zoological Society, International Primatological Society and Conservation International

Catastrophic Pacific Ocean Die-Off, The US Military’s All Out Assault On The Web Of Life


Many have heard about some of the die-offs occurring in our oceans, but most have no understanding of how catastrophic the actual reality is.


Fukushima is where all the fingers point as the source of the carnage along the coast, but there is much more to the story. Those who control the US military have virtually no regard for any of the destruction they are wreaking on the entire web of life, including marine life. The US Navy has long since been using live depleted uranium ammunition and devastating sonar devices along the Pacific coast (the US Navy is now also waging electromagnetic warfare along our forests and our coasts). The US (and other nations) have also routinely dumped nuclear waste into our oceans. The excerpt (shown below) from the US Navy’s “Environmental Impact Statement ” is beyond shocking. Their position is this, if there are no studies to prove the harm they are causing, then no harm was caused.

“The study area for consideration of impacts on marine plants and invertebrates includes the open ocean west of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California….Aircraft overflight and training activities are assumed to have no impacts to marine communities, because impacts of sound on plants and invertebrates are unknown and difficult to quantify.”


The statement below was appropriately presented (along with other pressing points) to the US Navy’s EIS staff by concerned Oregon resident Carol Van Strum.

The question of past and current Naval activities is highly significant. For example, the EIS acknowledges that past and present activities off the Oregon coast have involved the use of rounds comprised of depleted uranium. Uranium, depleted or otherwise, is an exceptionally persistent material in the environment. The EIS revelations of Navy use of depleted uranium thus raise very serious concerns about how long the Navy has been using depleted uranium rounds in the Pacific Ocean, how much was used per year, where that use has occurred, and what environmental impacts have already accrued from such use, such as uptake by fish and synergistic effects with other wastes and products from Naval exercises. The EIS mentions none of these issues.


In 2010 I personally spoke to a US Navy Public Relations representative that very cavalierly confirmed the Navy’s use of depleted uranium ammunition for “practice” off of the US West Coast. She seemed to have no idea of the dangers posed by this ammunition, but rather was only repeating whatever she was told.  The US Military has also permanently contaminated vast areas of land masses with its deadly depleted uranium ammunition. An epidemic of birth defects in Iraq and elsewhere is the legacy of this use. But there is an even larger ongoing assault on the ocean, the planet, and all life, global geoengineering/weather warfare. The blatant atmospheric aerosol spraying so clearly seen of the coast of California in the satellite photo below is nothing short of shocking.


Geoengineering is undeniably a major factor relating to the die-off of the oceans. The US military is certainly the single largest participant in the ongoing global climate engineering insanity (though all major powers are involved). Geoengineering is destroying the ozone layer which has subjected the planet to deadly levels of UV radiation greatly contributing to the die-off of plankton populations around the world. The plankton die-off has taken the foundation out of the food chain for marine ecosystems. Geoengineering has also radically altered upper level wind currents which have in turn altered ocean currents. This has contributed to the massive methane release in the Arctic which holds the future of our planet in the balance if it continues. In regard to the Pacific ocean, the altered wind currents have greatly contributed to the record heat buildup. This in turn has fueled the extreme algae blooms, sea bed gassing of methane, hydrogen sulfide (which create hypoxic and anoxic zones), and thus even more marine die-off. There is also the less known form of geoengineering, ocean fertilization, which is also taking its toll on our once thriving seas. Seven decades of highly toxic and destructive global geoengineering programs have inflicted unimaginable decimation to the planet. These programs (combined with the other US military operations already mentioned), have played a major part in the collapse of life in our oceans, most especially in the Pacific. If the oceans die, we die.


Our military brothers and sisters must awaken to what they are participating in, the destruction of their own planet and the health of their own citizens. Military personnel are sworn to protect their countrymen from all threats, foreign AND DOMESTIC. All of us are needed to help awaken the population, this includes the families of military personnel. Pass on credible information to all those that need to see it, every day counts in this battle. Make your voice heard.

Criminal Syndicates Are Driving Wildlife Crime Around the Globe

Corruption enables the trafficking in pangolins, elephants, rhinos, and other species.

Nov 19, 2015
John R. Platt


Earlier this month, customs officers in Guangdong province, China, came across a startling discovery on a boat trying to enter the country: 2,674 frozen pangolins, stuffed into boxes and awaiting illegal delivery.

Pangolins—eight species of scaly anteaters from Asia and Africa—have in recent years become the most heavily trafficked wildlife on the planet. Their meat is considered both a delicacy and a status symbol in China and other Asian countries, while their scales are highly valued in traditional medicine.

Most of the pangolin trade—like that in elephant ivory, rhino horns, and many other animal products—is driven not by individual poachers but by criminal syndicates that originate in Asia and extend their reach into some of the most important wildlife regions around the globe.

(See Pete Bethune and his team investigate the criminal syndicates—and put themselves directly in harm’s way—in this week’s episode of The Operatives, which airs on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Pivot, the television network owned by Participant Media, TakePart’s parent company. Join the Operatives on their missions and take action to protect all wildlife by clicking here.)

“These criminal syndicates are very fluid and adaptable,” said Charlotte Davies, crime analyst for the Environmental Investigation Agency in London. They often spend years and enormous amounts of money building networks of local criminals, middlemen, shipping routes, and other elements to enable trafficking of wildlife products. Each of these pieces can easily be shifted around to minimize risk. All of it is designed to shield the people at the top of the syndicates from detection and prosecution.

The trade is international, with poachers killing animals in one part of the world, middlemen shipping them to another (or through multiple nations), and syndicates selling them to consumers in various countries. “For example, there’s one syndicate in Laos that’s been linked to South Africa, Mozambique, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and China,” Davies said.

Many of the networks hide their crimes behind legal enterprises. An EIA investigation in Tanzania last year revealed that a syndicate was using the legal trade in sea cucumbers, themselves high-value products, as a cover for trafficking in elephant tusks.

This trade in multiple forms of wildlife is another aspect of the flexibility. Syndicates are set up to quickly shift from one species to another as supplies become available, said Vincent Nijman, a professor at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom who has studied the trade in pangolins, tigers, and other species. They may even smuggle pangolins one day while keeping their network busy by transporting legal products on other days.Wildlife traders have also often been linked to smuggling of other illegal products, such as drugs and firearms.

Orangutans Are Dying as Indonesia Burns

EIA’s investigations, and those of many other organizations, revealed that this trade is frequently enabled by corruption and bribery. Most recently the Kenyan port of Mombasa was identified as a major source of smuggled ivory. Despite the rampant crime linked to the city, no smugglers have been arrested in Mombasa for the past year and a half.

“The ability of these groups to corrupt law enforcement and officials undermines the rule of law in both the countries where the wildlife is sourced from and those it is smuggled through,” said Davies.

The trade also undermines local economies. “It’s a human rights issue,” she said. “There’s massive tourism potential from wildlife and forests.” That potential is destroyed as habitats are stripped of their native species.

Corruption is just one of the reasons so few of these syndicates have been stopped. “Speaking very generally, illegal wildlife crime hasn’t historically been a priority of any government,” Davies said. “There are some notorious syndicates or criminals, but if the agencies haven’t been prioritizing these crimes, then they wouldn’t have necessarily been identifying the people behind the trade.”

Davies said things are beginning to turn around. In 2013, President Barack Obama vowed to tackle wildlife crime, and other governments have followed his lead. “People are being investigated and arrested,” she said. “There’s tangible evidence of networks being disrupted.”

The challenge remains to target people beyond low-level poachers or couriers, who have the most risk of arrest but the least amount of responsibility for their crimes. “We need to identify the whole network, as well as the financiers,” Davies said.

Pathetic Salmon Population & “Muzzling Scientists” in Canada 11/18/15

“Worst Ever”: Alarm over shocking crash of salmon population in Pacific Northwest — “Very frightening… Pathetic… Grave… Disastrous… Non-existent” — Official calls for immediate government action — “Something majorly wrong is happening in our oceans”
Concerns raised over “disappointing” sockeye salmon returns
Alarm sounded after dismal sockeye salmon return to iconic B.C. river
Fukushima Radiation Traced in Pacific Seafood with Ken Buesseler
Canadian Scientist “Muzzling” Probed by Information Commissioner
“Muzzling Scientists” Report: Canadians Denied Access to Scientific Research

Man arrested over Fukushima-related YouTube videos — Charged with criminal harassment of university scientists — Professor: I certainly don’t want to jeopardize the prosecution
Durnford is not alone in voicing concern about the impact of the Fukushima disaster on North America. Here are a few examples from officials, professors, and other experts: Former US Gov’t Official: “The elephant in the room is Fukushima radiation” when it comes to Pacific Ocean animal die-offs
~~~ Experts: Fukushima radioactive contamination a “major concern for public health of coastal communities” on west coast -Source US Gov’t: Alaska island “appears to show impacts from Fukushima”; Scientists anticipate more marine life to be impacted as ocean plume arrives
~~~ AP: Unprecedented deaths along U.S. Pacific coast; Samples “being tested for radionuclides from Fukushima”
~~~ Professor: “Fukushima emerged as a global threat to the conservation of the Pacific Ocean, human health, and marine biodiversity”
~~~ Gov’t conducts more tests on sick animals to look for Fukushima radionuclides
~~~ Scientists predict west coast killer whales will exceed 1,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium; Over 10 times gov’t limit in Japan ~~~ Professors: Seafood off west coast predicted to exceed gov’t radioactivity limit
~~~ Scientist expects Fukushima radiation will cause marine bacteria in US to mutate
~~~ Boat Captain: Fishermen “talking about Fukushima… convinced it has something to do with” poor condition of marine life -Source Professor: Fukushima a suspected factor in ‘unusual mortality’ of seals, walruses
~~~ Scientists present links between Alaska seal deaths and Fukushima fallout
~~~ “Many researchers initially believed radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could be at the heart of the [sea star wasting] disease”
~~~ Mystery disease kills seals in Atlantic Ocean; Gov’t tests for Fukushima radiation
~~~ “Fish along the Orange County coast may have been affected by [Fukushima] radioactivity… researchers say”
~~~ US gov’t experts looking into whether Fukushima is cause of sea lion strandings in California; NOAA: “Radiation epidemic could be potential cause”

U.S. puts an end to all experiments on chimps: After decades of testing, agency says 50 remaining chimps will be retired to a sanctuary.

Note: It’s such an honor to publish this news, humanity is making real progress in the way we treat non-human, sentient BEings.

Video Warning: Tissues are highly recommended  <3

By: John Donovan

November 19, 2015

A chimpanzee takes a moment for himself

Chimpanzees are the primate most closely related to humans, sharing about 99 percent of our DNA. (Photo: John/flickr)

The National Institutes of Health is shuttering its chimpanzee research program after decades of experimentation and research that has put animal rights activists and scientists at odds.

Two years after sending more than 300 of its research champs into retirement, the NIH said on Wednesday that it will place the final 50 chimps into sanctuary. The move puts an end to government-led experiments on chimpanzees, the primate most closely related to humans. Chimp DNA is nearly 99 percent identical to human DNA.

“It’s time to say we’ve reached the point in the U.S. where invasive research on chimpanzees is no longer something that makes sense,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of NIH, told the Associated Press.

The news was heralded by animal rights groups. “We really see the [NIH] closing and locking the door behind the chimps and throwing away the key on their way out of the laboratories,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, wrote in a blog post.

RELATED: 9 of the smartest animals on Earth

The NIH first established primate research facilities in 1960. But in the past few years, under increasing outside pressure, the agency had scaled back its work. In 2013, the NIH retired all but 50 chimps, hanging on to them in case they were needed for some essential research.

But in the past nearly three years, not a single request for research on a chimp has been made. “[W]e have moved on from the time when research on chimpanzees was considered essential,” Collins told the journal Nature.

Wednesday’s news did not come without some backlash. Some scientists working on a vaccine to protect chimps in the wild from the Ebola virus decried the decision. Others wondered if some future health crisis would be worsened without chimps available for testing.

The final decision by the NIH was not made without some arm-twisting and years of bureaucratic machinations. The NIH asked the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) to look at the need for chimp research back in 2010, and the IOM came back with a report in 2011 that determined most of it was unnecessary. That led to the retirement of hundreds of chimps in 2013.

Then in June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service classified captive chimps in the U.S. as an endangered species, so any experiments on the remaining 50 chimps would have had to been OK’d by that agency.

Now, the NIH will spend the next couple of years relocating the chimps from facilities in Texas. Most, if not all of them, will end up in a 200-acre federal chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, Louisiana, called Chimp Haven. (If you haven’t watched the video below of chimps exploring their new environment at Chimp Haven — literally stepping on grass and seeing the sky for the first time in their lives — it’s worth a watch.)

The 50 chimps, now housed in facilities throughout Texas, are not the only ones that will eventually need homes. More than 150 other chimps, supported by the NIH but not owned by the government, will need to be relocated, according to Nature. And there are more chimps out there that need a home, the Humane Society’s Pacelle said in his blog post.

“Approximately 700 chimpanzees remain in laboratories with around 300 owned by the federal government.” he wrote. “But we are working on travel plans for every one of them … The HSUS stands ready to work with stakeholders, including the government, Chimp Haven and other sanctuaries, laboratories, the public, and other animal protection groups, to ensure all chimpanzees are retired to high-quality sanctuaries.”

When dolphins laugh | Benjamin Mee | TEDxTotnes

Note: Science has yet to make the distinction between intelligence and consciousness. Intelligence is tied to the brain, but consciousness is seated in the heart of all BEings.

Benjamin tells of his lifelong goal to prove theory of mind in animals and of the effect it could have on animal welfare.

Benjamin Mee is the author of We Bought A Zoo which then became a film featuring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. He is also the CEO of Dartmoor Zoo, and a Journalist. He has an MSc in Science Journalism and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Plymouth University in 2013 in recognition for his passion for research and the communication of science. His areas of research interest include Animal Intelligence, Biophilia, The Aquatic Ape hypotheses and Entomophagy.

Growing up Benjamin Mee had a turbulent relationship with the education system and was expelled from school. Then, after an encounter with a dolphin he became fascinated with the field of animal intelligence and never looked back. He decided to study Psychology at UCL before completing an MSc in Science Journalism at Imperial College. This led to a 15 year career in Journalism, both print and Broadcast. In 2004 his research interests took him and his family to France in order to write a book on the Evolution of of Humour in Man and Animals, and events led to him buying Dartmoor Zoo.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Meet the Incredible Group of Women Who Are Fighting Poachers and Saving Animals in South Africa

In South Africa, rhino populations have fluctuated for years, and though many have recently celebrated the increase in rhino numbers, they have just as quickly mourned the loss of thousands of rhinos as a result of a surge in poaching activity.

The Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa is a private wildlife reserve that shares an open border within Kruger National Park. Kruger, currently home to 9-12,000 white rhinos and 580-650 black rhinos (along with thousands of other species), has seen an influx in poaching activity in recent years with at least three rhinos poached daily for their horns. The poaching crisis occurring in Kruger has, naturally, had an effect on the animals within Balule Nature Reserve, too.

Two years ago the head warden of The Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa sought to address the poaching crisis by bringing together individuals from local communities to form a group that could effectively protect the rhino and the other species in and around the reserve. In doing so, the groups could not only protect the species but educate other locals on the importance of preservation, many of which were hesitant to engage with foreign park officials and quick to succumb to the profit that could be earned from poaching. Today, they’re known as the Black Mambas.


The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit

In 2013, the Black Mambas were founded as an anti-poaching unit. They’re are unique to other anti-poaching units as they’re comprised mostly of women, many of which were recruited right out of high school. These women are trailblazers in a field often dominated by men. To become a part of the Black Mambas, one must complete six weeks of intensive tracking and combat training alongside an existing deployed unit. The Black Mambas’ rigorous training, along with the help of trained dogs, aerial support and the groups rapid response have allowed them to be incredibly successful in their anti-poaching efforts.



In a field of work and position of power that is often delegated to men, the women of the Black Mambas APU take great pride in the work that they do. All passionate about their native heritage and wildlife, many of the women are mothers and insist that protecting and preserving their home and the animals in it is crucial to their way of life. They stress that they want their children, and grandchildren, to be able to enjoy endangered species like the rhino for generations to come.

In an interview with the New York Times, a 26-year-old member, Lukie explains,“The next generation must know the rhinos and elephants in life.If poaching is allowed, they will only see these animals in a picture.”

It is this understanding of the grave reality facing many of Africa’s most prized species and their unrelenting drive to protect these animals that can be accredited with the Black Mambas’ success, but their positive influence on their community extends far beyond this.

Empowering Women and Spreading Conservation

Critics initially questioned how successful a group of rangers made up primarily of women could be, but they were quickly proven wrong. The women’s strength, compassion and attention to detail have allowed their unit to flourish. Since the group’s deployment in 2013, the women of the Black Mambas have effectively eliminated 12 poaching camps, three bush meat kitchens and have seen a 76 percent decline in snaring and poisoning activities. The group is also responsible for the early detection of numerous poaching rebels in the area. Though the Mambas are often unarmed during patrols, Leitah Mkhabela described the courage of the women, “I am not afraid, I know what I am doing, and I know why I am doing it. If you see the poachers, you tell them not to try, tell them we are here, and it is they who are in danger.”

Many women apart of the unit are breadwinners for their family, working tirelessly not only to protect wildlife within the greater Kruger National Park but also to feed their families. It is this sacrifice that has protected so many rhinos from being poached. In September, the Black Mambas were winners of the United Nation’s top environmental award, The Champions of the Earth.

Apart from protecting some of the most vulnerable animals in the world, the Black Mambas’ unit also aims to create long lasting bonds within their communities. The women of the Black Mambas recognize the importance of liberating locals that inhabit the areas surrounding the national parks, to show them how crucial conservation of endangered animals are to the entire region and in doing so, poachers have a difficult time finding recruits in local communities.

Thus far, it seems to be working: In the past 10 months, the reserve patrolled by the Black Mambas has not lost a single rhino.


How Can You Help?

Although The Black Mambas are supported by the Environmental Monitor Program, they count on donations to further their anti-poaching measures. The women of the unit are often in the bush for 20-21 days out of the month and always in need of food rations and quality uniforms. A donation to The Black Mambas can ensure they have the most up to date equipment including radios and cameras to continue their efforts protecting the rhinos in and around Kruger National Park.

While we can’t all play such an influential role in protecting species on the frontlines like the Black Mambas, we can all make a difference to help endangered species in our everyday actions. To learn more about how you can protect animals through your consumption habits, check out these resources:


All image source: Julia Gunther

How Humanity Is Causing a ‘Sixth Extinction’ – Elizabeth Kolbert Interview

We typically think of climate change in terms of the consequences it has for humanity. But it also has huge and troubling impacts on the other species we share our planet with. In this episode we speak with Elizabeth Kolbert about her Pulitzer Prize winning book the Sixth Extinction, and discuss how, like the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, human beings are having an impact so disruptive on the environment that a large proportion of the earth’s species will have likely gone extinct by the end of the century.

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Interviewer: Kevin Caners

Lyrebird: Remarkable crazy Bird call ! [ MUST WATCH ]

Creativity in noises, creativity in natures consciousness.

If you haven’t heard the Lyrebird before, hear its bizzare yet wonderful noises which makes you think, how alien and strange the natural world can really be.

” A lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds, that form the genus, Menura, and the family Menuridae. They are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment. As well as their extraordinary mimicking ability, lyrebirds are notable because of the striking beauty of the male bird’s huge tail when it is fanned out in display; and also because of their courtship display. Lyrebirds have unique plumes of neutral-coloured tailfeathers and are among Australia’s best-known native birds.

The lyrebird is capable of imitating almost any sound and they have been recorded mimicking human sounds such as a mill whistle, a cross-cut saw, chainsaws,[9] car engines and car alarms, fire alarms, rifle-shots, camera shutters, dogs barking, crying babies, music, mobile phone ring tones, and even the human voice. However, while the mimicry of human noises is widely reported, the extent to which it happens is exaggerated and the phenomenon is quite unusual.[3]

A lyrebird’s song is one of the more distinctive aspects of its behavioural biology. Lyrebirds sing throughout the year, but the peak of the breeding season, from June to August, is when they sing with the most intensity. During this peak they may sing for four hours of the day, almost half the hours of daylight. The song of the superb lyrebird is a mixture of seven elements of its own song and any number of other mimicked songs and noises. The lyrebird’s syrinx is the most complexly-muscled of the Passerines (songbirds), giving the lyrebird extraordinary ability, unmatched in vocal repertoire and mimicry.

The superb lyrebird’s mimicked calls are learned from the local environment, including from other superb lyrebirds. An instructive example of this is the population of superb lyrebirds in Tasmania, which have retained the calls of species not native to Tasmania in their repertoire, but have also added some local Tasmanian endemic bird noises. It takes young birds about a year to perfect their mimicked repertoire. The female lyrebirds of both species are also mimics, and will sing on occasion but the females do so with less skill than the males.[3] A recording of a superb lyrebird mimicking sounds of an electronic shooting game, workmen and chainsaws was added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia registry in 2013.[10] ” – wikipedia.

Lion hunter killed by a lion during an illegal hunt

Texas Man Shoots Armadillo, Bullet Ricochets Into His Face

By Anomaly on October 23, 2015

An East Texas man shot himself after shooting at an armadillo in his yard. The bullet ricocheted then hit him in his face, according to the county sheriff.














Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the unidentified man went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 :00 a.m, according to KCENTV.

When the man spotted the armadillo on his property, he opened fire.

“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said.

The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said.

Rowe said the man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut.

The status of the armadillo is unknown.

This has all happened before exactly in the same manner.

In August, an East Texas man fired a gun at an amarillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back and stuck him in the face.

The armadillo wasn’t found after that incident.

In April, a Georgia man fired a pistol at an armadillo and the bullet bounced off the animal, traveled through the back door of a mobile home and struck his 74-year-old mother-in-law in the back.

As we mentioned in a previous post, the armadillo relies on his shell for defense because it’s extremely hard – like so hard, apparently bullets can potentially ricochet off them.


So it’s best to try not to Second Amendment them, mmkay?

The man’s weapon was unharmed during the shooting so he’s still able to shoot his face again after he recovers.

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Big thanks to my pal for the tip.

Image: KCEN.

Note: Why do some people have the urge to shoot and kill anything containing a life-force. All life which isn’t human, or animals they beLIEve they “own”, appears to be game. Armadillo’s are relatively benign, why the urge to kill them just because they’re there??

Me thinks nature is giving hunters a taste of their own bitter medicine, there are quite a few video’s circulating now showing wildlife aggression toward hunters and story’s like the above where instant karma resulted from the intent to kill or harm wildlife. One viral video that’s been circulating for awhile now, shows a large Buck beating the crap out of a hunter…

There are definitely some interesting dynamics emerging from the Nature Kingdom, like their human counterparts animals are learning to stand in their power in some very unique manners :)

National Geographic now conspires with poison-pushing corporations to destroy the very planet it once photographed


NaturalNews) What was once considered an excellent resource for educating young minds about science and the environment is now aggressively promoting industry-backed “science,” including the claim that water fluoridation is completely safe and anyone who questions it is a disreputable conspiracy theorist.

In operation since 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world, educating minds about geography, archaeology and natural science, as well promoting environmental and historical conservation.

While that may have once been the case, the largely influential scientific nonprofit is now dedicated to pushing the agenda of corporations poisoning and destroying the planet.

For those of us who are science-literate, Nat Geo’s March 2015 cover is shocking. The issue attempts to confuse readers by comparing wild conspiracy theories, such as the assertion that the U.S. moon landing was faked, with justifiable concerns over the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the correlation between vaccines and autism.

The cover reads as follows:

· Climate Change Does Not Exist

· Evolution Never Happened

· The Moon Landing Was Fake

· Vaccinations Can Lead to Autism

· Genetically Modified Food is Evil

Alongside the bullet points reads: “The War on Science.”

The message here is that, if you refute industry-funded “science,” such as questioning the safety of GMOs or the true cause of changes in climate patterns (a topic that’s still highly debated among the science community), then you’re a looney toon who also probably believes evolution doesn’t exist and that we never landed on the moon.

By placing “Vaccinations can lead to autism” (a statement that’s supported by scientific evidence), next to “Genetically modified food is evil” (a subjective statement that fails to address widespread concerns from a significant portion of the scientific community), Nat Geo is falsely equating questions on vaccine and GMO safety with archetypical “conspiracy theories.”

Nat Geo: “Why Do many Reasonable People Doubt Science?”

It is in fact Nat Geo who is waging a war on science, not the other way around. The question of whether or not GMOs are safe for long-term human consumption is hardly agreed upon in the scientific community, yet Nat Geo states that those who question GMOs are waging a war on science.

As Timothy A. Wise with the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) reports, “Since when is the safety of genetically modified food considered ‘settled science’ on a par with the reality of evolution?”

Wise also said it best when he wrote:

Genetically modified food is evil? First of all, what business does “evil” have in an article about scientific consensus? … How in the world does author Joel Achenbach define “scientific consensus?”

Clearly, Achenbach and Nat Geo define “scientific consensus” as the biased statements put out by rent-a-scientists hired by the industry to deceptively promote their own agenda.

The issue’s leading article, “Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?” describes the health benefits of water fluoridation as “thoroughly established,” as well as pokes fun at anti-fluoridation activists, referring to their ideas as “stuff of comedy.”

Nat Geo’s comments about fluoride are incredibly reckless considering that new research suggests water fluoridation increases hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, obesity and depression. Evidence also suggests that fluoride lowers IQs, particularly affecting the minds of developing children.

This evidence is so widely accepted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency altered their recommendations for adding fluoride to the public’s water, decreasing it from 1.2 to 0.7 milligrams, reducing the dose by nearly half.

While disappointing, the puzzle begins to piece together once you understand that Nat Geo is nearly 100 percent advertiser-funded by Big Pharma and Big Food, as well as the biotech and vaccine industries.

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Animals are now legally recognized as ‘sentient’ beings in Australia

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The Australian Government has formally recognised animals as ‘sentient’ beings by amending animal welfare legislation.

The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill  was passed on Tuesday.

The Act stipulates that it is now necessary to ‘recognize animals as sentient’ and that owners must ‘attend properly to the welfare of those animals’.

“To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, Dr Virginia Williams, according to

“The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.”

REX: Dogs are now recognised as sentient beings© REX Dogs are now recognised as sentient beings The legislation included a ban on the use of animals for testing cosmetic products.

In addition, new material has been added to the section of the Act pertaining to animal testing for other research purposes.

The Government now demands that for checks be made as to whether there has been ‘assessment of the suitability of using non-sentient or non-living alternatives in the project’ and ‘replacement of animals as subjects with suitable non-sentient or non-living alternatives’. The animals rescued in the Nepal earthquake

“Expectations on animal welfare have been rapidly changing. The bill brings legislation in line with our nation’s changing attitude on the status of animals in society, ” according to the President of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, Dr Steve Merchant.

Note: Hopefully this legislation’s includes provisions for dealing with the inherent abuse and systemic torture upon sentient beings imprisoned for life in factory farms. With 2 billion animales killed daily for human consumption, this is a SERIOUS problem keeping the vibration of the planet in lower density.

Jon Stewart Quits Comedy, Starts Animal Sanctuary to Rescue Abused Factory Farm Animals

jon-stewart-farm.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smartMiddletown, NJ – In an effort to be the change he wishes to see in the world, comedian John Stewart, after stepping down as host of “The Daily Show,” has started a sanctuary for abused factory farm animals called Bufflehead Farm.

Bufflehead Farm, located in Middletown, New Jersey, is a 12-acre non-profit animal rescue sanctuary owned by Jon and Tracey Stewart, which will soon become home to dozens of cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys and other animals rescued from factory farms.

Stewart has consistently been an animal welfare advocate on his show, once devoting a comedy segment to the foolishness of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s refusal to sign a bill that would end the lifelong confinement of pigs in crates too small for them to turn around.

Tracey Stewart is known for her advocacy on animal rights, recently publishing a book on the topic.


Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 2.03.56 PMAccording to a report by the Mother Nature Network:

The project has long been a dream for Tracey Stewart, an animal advocate and former veterinary technician, who has tirelessly worked to promote a plant-based lifestyle, animal welfare issues, and support for organizations like Farm Sanctuary.

Her new book “Do Unto Animals” (currently the No. 1 bestseller in animal husbandry on Amazon) offers more than 300 pages of beautiful illustrations and promises to give readers “insights into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them.”

“If everyone did a bit more, if they fell in love a little bit more, so much could happen,” Tracey Stewart told The New York Times. “It doesn’t have to be going vegan. You can advocate for them. You can show tenderness. You can play music for them. I really hope people can connect with animals the way most of us did as children.”

Jon Stewart, accompanied by his wife and two children, were honored recently at an award ceremony held by Farm Sanctuary, an organization founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals.

“I’m a little uncomfortable. I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of Washington politics and the media landscape, so I don’t know how to deal necessarily with people who have empathy,” Stewart told the all-vegan banquet at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

The consistency of the Stewarts should be applauded. Rather than simply paying lip service to a cause, they are putting in the groundwork to support their espoused beliefs.

Similarly to how Morgan Freeman turned his estate into a bee sanctuary, Stewart has shown that celebrities have the ability to not only motivate others by raising awareness about issues, but to lay the actual foundation of real world change.

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Thanks to Yao Ming, killing sharks for their fins is down 50%. And he’s just getting started.

October 14, 2015

After a successful campaign to raise awareness about the dangerous of shark fin soup, Yao Ming is now working to fight poaching.
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I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for retirement. I have delicious dreams to do nothing in my fancy beachside home as I grow old, soak up some sun, and read and write at my leisure. And I was totally OK with my goals of supreme lazydom … until I saw what Yao Ming’s been doing since retiring from the NBA.
Yao Ming is not on a beach drinking things with tiny umbrellas in them. Yao Ming is saving the sharks.

It’s a tough goal, but Yao is up to the task. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images.

In his home country of China, shark fin soup had become so popular that the country became the largest market for shark fin. While there isn’t much meat in the fin itself, the dish was considered something of a status symbol. As more people were able to afford to order shark fin soup, our sharky friends paid the price — with their lives.
A shocking 1 in 4 shark species is now endangered.

The number of sharks in our seas has been steadily decreasing for decades. About 100 million sharks a year are killed — 73% of those are targeted for their fins, which are usually cut off before the shark is left to die.

That’s why Yao teamed up with the conservation nonprofit WildAid to spread the word that shark fin soup is bad news bears. Since launching with the slogan “When the buying stops, the killing can too,” a huge shift has occurred. The campaign has been credited with cutting the number of sharks killed for their fins by 50 percent.

So, yeah … Yao Ming’s retirement work definitely puts my plan to shame.
Thanks to Yao’s campaign with WildAid, support for a shark fin soup ban has skyrocketed in China.

Until recently, many Chinese didn’t even know that shark fin soup came from sharks. (The Mandarin translation is “fish wing soup.”) Now, surveys show that a whopping 91% support a nationwide ban of shark fin consumption. While the ban hasn’t happened yet, the Chinese government has banned shark fin soup at its state dinners.

Now that’s some news to dance about!

“Don’t eat us, please!” GIF via Discovery.
Thanks to the shark fin campaign’s success, Ming is looking to bring his awareness-raising powers to more members of the animal kingdom.

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Ming recently visited Kenya to raise awareness about the dangers of poaching elephants and rhinos for their tusks and horns. His journey is documented on the Emmy-nominated “Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming” by Animal Planet.

I think the baby elephant is on to something … let’s take Ming’s lead. Image via Animal Planet’s “Saving Africa’s Giants.”

The shark fin soup campaign’s success proves that knowledge really is power.

Yao has been able to use his celebrity to make serious progress on an issue that came down to people just not being properly informed. I can’t wait to see how his new efforts to save elephants and rhinos turn out.
Huge thanks to Yao Ming for his dedication to protecting our animal friends.

And setting a really high bar for post-career accomplishments during my retirement years.

Cheers! GIF via “Downton Abbey.”

37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Planting Large GMO Corn Field


Millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted few weeks ago in Ontario, Canada. The local bee keeper, Dave Schuit who produces honey in Elmwood lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. While many bee keepers blame neonicotinoids, or “neonics.” for colony collapse of bees and many countries in EU have banned neonicotinoid class of pesticides, the US Department of Agriculture fails to ban insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc.

Two of Bayer’s best-selling pesticides, Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, are known to get into pollen and nectar, and can damage beneficial insects such as bees. The marketing of these drugs also coincided with the occurrence of large-scale bee deaths in many European countries and the United States.

 Nathan Carey another local farmer says that this spring he noticed that there were not enough bees on his farm and he believes that there is a strong correlation between the disappearance of bees and insecticide use.

In the past, many scientists have struggled to find the exact cause of the massive die-offs, a phenomenon they refer to as “colony collapse disorder” (CCD). In the United States, for seven consecutive years, honeybees are in terminal decline.

US scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen, lending credence to the notion that pesticides are a key problem. “We believe that some subtle interactions between nutrition, pesticide exposure and other stressors are converging to kill colonies,” said Jeffery Pettis, of the ARS’s bee research laboratory.

 The collapse in the global honeybee population is a major threat to crops. It is estimated that a third of everything we eat depends upon honeybee pollination, which means that bees contribute over 30 billion to the global economy.

A new study published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that neonicotinoid pesticides kill honeybees by damaging their immune system and making them unable to fight diseases and bacteria.

After reporting large losses of bees after exposure to Imidacloprid, banned it for use on corn and sunflowers, despite protests by Bayer. In another smart move, France also rejected Bayer’s application for Clothianidin, and other countries, such as Italy, have banned certain neonicotinoids as well.

After record-breaking honeybee deaths in the UK, the European Union has banned multiple pesticides, including neonicotinoid pesticides.

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