Izilwane Zasendle~

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This Zulu phrase means wild animals. There are about 12,000 white, and 627 black rhinos in Kruger National Park. This one is looking at you for protection!
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Leopards in Kruger are rare and rarely seen.
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We were very lucky to see this one! The Kruger population is estimated at approximately 1000, although they are hard to count, because they are hard to find.
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1,700 lions are thought to live in Kruger.
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There are about 37,000 cape buffalo, and yes this one is sleeping. They do that a lot in water holes!
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There are only around 300 nyala. This is a male and two females. Quite a sighting of beautiful, shy, creatures! (Late addition: My blogging friend Quiall, see comments, found a baby nyala’s legs in this photo that I didn’t see. Count the legs and you’ll find the baby!)
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2000 warthogs,
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5000 waterbuck,
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over 127,000 impala,
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and more than 8,000…

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Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction

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“A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.”

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Climate Change Could Starve the World’s Giant Pandas

“Poaching and habitat destruction over the past 3,000 years have brought the total population down below 2,000. Today, giant pandas exist in an area that is less than 1 percent of their historical range.”

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THE BRANDT SERIES – WHEN THE MIND IS STILL

Tanya’s Comment: Unfortunately, some of these photos got a bit distorted when I reblogged this post. To see them in their original form, click on the link below. Thanks!

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Red Squirrel - Charles Brandt photo

Cougar  @ hermitage June 8, 2010 Charles Brandt photo

Comox Glacier - Charles Brandt photo

Gulls feeding on Herring spawn- Charles Brandt photo

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Salmon run, summer 2014 - Charles Brandt photo

tsolum river under a bright blue sky - by Charles Brandt]

Twins @ the Hermitage June 11. 2014 - Charles Brandt photo

Black Bear @ the Hermitage, Black Creek - Charles Brandt photo

Dunlins - Charles Brandt photo

Dunlins Feeding at OysterBay, BC - by Charles A.E. Brandt

Dunlins 2 - Charles Brandt photo

Dogwood at Northy Lake - May 17 - photo by Charles Brandt

Skunk Cabbage - May 2 2014 Charles Brandt photo

Hardhock - Charles Brandt photo

Saskatoon, Saslatchewan - Bruce Witzel photo

United States Mexico Border - Bruce Witzel photo

Montreal at sunrise - Bruce Witzel photo

Headwaters of the Missouri - 3 forks, Montana - Bruce witzel photo

Mt. St. Helen's - Bruce Witzel photo

TrumpeterSwans - Charles Brandt photo

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Once there were seven …

iNaturalist.org

 

I recently posted a conservation article on my group blog, League of Bloggers, that mentioned a website called iNaturalist.org. The site has proved to be an ingenious way of gathering scientific data through the help of non-scientists who love nature. I’d like to give some more information about it here. If you’re a nature lover who takes photos of wildlife, this is a great opportunity to help with the conservation efforts of your favorite plants and animals!

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Dolphin Defense

Walking with the Alligators

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A Dolphin group in Xcaret, Mexico
Picture credit:  Truncatus

Today is feel good Sunday, so in Honor of this day of positive  thinking, here is a  feel good story.

Do you need or want,  yet another reason to fight for and defend wild animals?

Is it just me, or do Dolphins always look happy and like they are smiling?

I give you this story,  in the hopes that you too will become a wildlife or any animal defender from this point on~

Recently in the waters off of New Zealand, near Cook Strait,  British swimmer Adam Walker, was saved from the jaws, (truly sorry for that) of a Great White Shark.

Walker  was about to become lunch while swimming for Whale and Dolphin Conservation,  in support of the very animals that saved him.

This was his seventh swim for the group to raise money and awareness for Whales and Dolphins around the world.

The pod of…

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Convicts Care For Kittens

Kindness Blog

Four stray kittens were discovered hungry and covered in fleas in the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

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The staff then came together to buy food, and inmates created a kitty condo in the facility’s carpentry shop.

On weekends, the convicts pitch in to help care for the kittens.

According to VetStreet.com, the kittens have each been given names associated with the prison: Doc (an abbreviation for the Department of Correctional Services), Comstock (for prison’s location), Annie (for Fort Ann) and Meadow (for Great Meadow).

(Source: The Daily Saint – Photo via AP)

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“My Cat Saved My Son” – Video

Kindness Blog

Roger Triantafilo wrote: “My cat defends my son during a vicious dog attack and runs the dog off before he can do additional damage. Thankfully, my son is fine!”

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Germaniaviken: The Barnacle Geese Goslings