I knew that Rhinos were poached for their horns’ value. I knew they were endangered. I knew they were being killed by the numbers. I knew all of this, yet the elephants being poached for their tusks, and the pit bulls being used for dog fighting seemed more important. I did not even think twice about Rhinos, such a random yet beautiful animal.
Then I saw this photo on National Geographic:
It’s of a Black Rhino that game scouts found wandering with bullet wounds and the poor thing’s horns cut off. They had to euthanize him.
What is happening to these animals is a tragedy and going right under most of our noses. This needs to be stopped and there’s something you and I can do to at least help out.
First, and the most obvious, is donating to organizations that dedicate their time to saving this endangered species. A good one that I have found is Save the Rhino International. Check them out and see how you can help.
Second, do NOT buy anything with Rhino horn in it. The horn is used in daggers, and is used in Asian medicine. If you’re traveling abroad, just be careful about what souvenirs and products you purchase.
Third, tell everyone you know about the dangers Rhinos are facing. Rhinoceroses are such interesting creatures, so dinosaur like, and it would be an extremely sad thing if they weren’t around for our children to see.
Please, the word about Rhinos needs to be spread. Be active in wildlife conservation.
*Note: Check out the links above for more information and for my sources. The picture above was taken from National Geographic. The words of this article are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2012.*
The biggest blessings seem to come in the smallest packages.
Five-year-old Kirana, a Sumatran tiger at the Chester Zoo in the U.K., gave birth on October 21st to three baby cubs, and on Tuesday, October 22nd, mother and triplets made their big debut.
These three births were very special, not only because they are just so darn adorable, but because they may be one of the last glimmers of hope for this particular species of tigers. There are less than 400 Sumatran tiger left in the wild in their home of Indonesia, and have been claimed critically endangered.
’”It’s estimated that there are just a few hundred left in the wild and only around 7% of their original habitat remains, which is why these triplets are so, so important,” Tim Rowlands, the zoo’s curator of mammals, told Sky News.’
So, while the zoo still does not know the sex of the cubs – since they’re still too small – these three cubs could be the future for the Sumatran species. It seems that we should all be thankful for something this Thanksgiving.
To see the full article and more pictures of these precious blessings, click here to visit the Huffington Post.
Happy Thanksgiving All and remember, there is always something to be thankful for!
*Note: Click on the links above to read the full articles and to check my sources. The pictures were taken from the source. I, however, summarized the article (the italicized section at the top) in my own words, and the opinions, thoughts, phrases, and words in this post are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*
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Everyone that’s read my blog by now knows that I LOVE animals! I also love photography and catching the lovely creatures in their “natural” beautiful state. Here are some of my favorite pictures I’ve taken of animals, along with one of my boyfriend’s photos. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A close-up of an elephant at Busch Gardens in Florida. […]
… how reading a book has the power to transport you to a whole other world.
… how being around animals makes you a more compassionate person.
… how traveling the world gives you a new life, a new identity.
… how taking photographs helps you to remember those precious moments that would otherwise be forgotten.
… how cuddling with your spouse makes you feel loved and important.
… how by simply walking barefoot on the beach, you feel connected with Mother Nature.
… how no matter what religion or beliefs you have, you breathe just like them and they bleed just like you.
… how by just watching the sun set or rise, you remember your own mortality.
… how elated you feel after a genuine laugh.
… how a deep conversation can occur with a complete stranger.
… how “family” can be those related by blood or those related by shared experiences.
… how special times are remembered by listening to the song that was playing at that time.
… how really anything can be an adventure.
… how much each and every one of us impacts the world in our own ways.
Note: The words above are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011; The photo above is my boyfriend’s: © Sergio Martinez, 2011
So I was taking Bailey, the dog, for a walk in our backyard woods and I stumbled upon these berries.
I have no clue what kind they are and they were the only ones on a green leaf plant. Half are pure red and the other ones are white with red speckles – kind of looks like an egg.
They’re pretty cool and I would love to know what kind of berries they are. I’d taste them but I don’t want to die so we can’t determine by the taste.
If there is anyone knowledgeable in berries, I would love to find out what they are! Can’t really find anything on them on Google.
Here is where I found them:
- In a backyard woods area in Michigan.
- Picked them off of a green leaf plant and they were the only ones.
If any one knows or has a guess, then please comment and help me out!