Die Rote Liste der IUCN: Hier leben die am meisten gefährdeten Tiere der Welt

Die Rote Liste der IUCN: Hier leben die am meisten gefährdeten Tiere der Welt

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Woman Trucks in Food to Save African Herds from Starvation

Woman Trucks in Food to Save African Herds from Starvation

Woman Trucks in Food to Save African Herds from Starvation


(PHOTO ABOVE: night vision photography reveals hippo grazing on  trucked-in food)

Conservationist Karen Paolillo takes a deep breath and opens the screen door  to her cottage nestled along the Turgwe River at the Save Valley Conservancy in  Zimbabwe. She looks down to see that the screen has been ripped  again, vandalized during the night by Bella the baboon who is constantly  trying to get into the house which she and her husband Jean-Roger built with  their own hands. It’s breakfast time here, not for Karen, but for the many  animals she hopes to keep alive in a once-green landscape that is quickly  turning to dust.


Very low rainfall has created a localized drought along this section of the  river and essential grasses are nearly gone now. The vegetation isn’t expected  to return until December, so Karen has two choices. She can either find a way to  feed the herds of hippos and other grazers who live in this area or she can  witness the starvation of the animals she’s spent decades trying to protect.

Through land invasions, violent uprisings, several bouts of malaria and times  when she had little to eat herself, Karen has stood among the wildlife here as  their sole champion in a land where animals are valued not for their beauty but  for the price they can fetch by wealthy hunters who fly in, usually from  America, to claim their ‘prize’. Wildlife is a commodity to so much of the human  community here, but to Karen, they mean so much more.

“Since I first formed the Turgwe Hippo Trust nearly 20 years ago, 48 hippo  calves have been born,” explains Karen, who can identify each individual and  knows them by name. The land is also home to thousands of lions, wildebeest,  buffalo, elephants and more in the 3,000 square kilometer refuge.

Karen remembers her early days here well, as she protected the herd  during an extreme drought in which the river dried up entirely. By pounding on  doors and begging for help to conservation groups worldwide, she was able  to gather enough funds to excavate a large cement basin and to fill it with  water to allow the hippos to submerge and all the animals to drink. And with a  blend of hay and horse cubes, she fed the grazers here, and remarkably, hippo  calves were even born during the drought.

Now here we are again, and there is a small question mark over this second  mission. Though the water basin is still intact and ready to supply hydration  to the animals here, the cost of hay and a broken down vehicle provide the  recipe for their biggest test of faith yet.

“She has finally given up the ghost,” says Karen of the used Land Rover that  was generously donated to the trust by the Summerlee Foundation 14 years ago.  “She has helped us remove over 11,000 snares in our patrols in the bush to  combat poaching. She has pulled the sand pump to the river in order for us  to dig up silted pools and repair natural pools for the hippos.  She has  carted wood and rocks for building projects.  She has transported children  to the hippos as well as taken our volunteers around the bush for various jobs  that they are involved in. But now at the crucial time when I begin feeding the  animals, I have no vehicle.  I can feed the hippos closest to home with  wheel barrows but that will not be the case for the hippos further  away.”

The Harmony Fund, a small charity devoted to helping ‘underdog’ animal rescue  teams across the planet, has set up a platform for people to help keep the  animals alive during this drought. To learn more or to get involved, click  here.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/woman-trucks-in-food-to-save-african-herds-from-starvation.html#ixzz2bw7nUB00

Spiritual Journey: Wisdomkeepers

Yamacraw Creek Native Americans meet with the ...

Yamacraw Creek Native Americans meet with the Trustee of the colony of Georgia in England, July 1734. A Native American boy is in a blue coat. A woman is in a red dress (European clothing). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Wisdomkeepers takes you on an extraordinary spiritual journey into the lives, minds, and natural-world philosophy of Native American spiritual elders. The elders tell who they are, how they live, and what they believe. Magnificent portraits complement the soaring text. Among those profiled are Buffalo Jim, a Seminole who describes the Seminole story of creation as if the Everglades were Eden, talks of his people’s individual passage into the afterlife, and reveals that every field of wild plants is, to him, a medicine garden. You’ll also meet “Uncle” Frank Davis (Fancy Warrior), a Pawnee Elder who describes the “path to understanding” as a trial filled with scraps of paper, each one a piece of a puzzle. Also profiled is Mathew King, a Lakota who warns of punishments or those who would destroy the Earth Mother. Readers share the innernost thoughts and feelings, dreams and visions, laughter, healing remedies, and prophecies of the Wisdomkeepers, whose humanity shines through every page.


5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading,

By Camilla L Riley (Stillwater, OK) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Wisdomkeepers: Meetings With Native American Spiritual Elders (The Earthsong Collection) (Hardcover)

This is a book of incredible beauty – linguistically, visually, and spiritually. In an era which seems to skew more and more to the material and superficial, the Wisdomkeepers who are interviewed bring life and its challenges to the level of essence. Although I have walked in the daily company of Native Americans for more than fifty years, my understanding of the nobility of heritage and centered life grew immeasurably with the reading of every page. Anyone who passes this one up will be the lesser for doing so.

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful:

5.0 out of 5 stars it’s an experience,a journey,words cannot describe this book, By A Customer

This review is from: Wisdomkeepers: Meetings With Native American Spiritual Elders (The Earthsong Collection) (Hardcover)

I have recommended this book to anyone I know that is on a path of awakening and can hear the words with their heart.I have given this book as gifts numerous times, but I cannot find it anymore which greatly saddens me. I would love to turn the world on to this book as it so beautifully depicts our Native Americans – OUR indigenous people. This book does justice to Native Americans which they so very much deserve. I do not know how to thank Steve Wall and Harvey Arden – they have touched my life with this richly textured, genuine and moving piece. No words can express the power behind the span of the eagle’s wings, the moving wisdom of a redwood forest or the joy inside to which this book has brought me.

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful:

5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom, May 21, 2007


Mr. Randy I. Tyler “Okwari” (Canaan, VT United States)

This review is from: Wisdomkeepers: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders (Paperback)

She:Kon (Sago)(Hello) To all who read this and hope you are all well. I personally know some of the Wisdom Keepers, Elders whose words are in this book and know them to be of good mind and person. I am Mohawk and Odawa and I come from upstate New York near some of the Reservations and I fully recommend this book for any person who needs to come back to the reality of the living world around them and bring them back to the basic relation between humankind and all the life that is on this earth and surrounds us in the cosmos.