|Winter sky on a late December day|
“Feel yourself quietly drawn
by the deeper pull of what you truly love.”
Happy New Year to all.
Photo: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters
|A cheetah with cubs|
|Walking through grass (Poachers killed the leading matriarch in 2009) Amboseli, Kenya, 2008|
While Joy and George Adamson were living in the wide expanse of the Kenyan bush in the mid-twentieth century, there was little interest in lion conservation. The big cat was considered widespread and abundant; their future seemed guaranteed. But times have changed.Current studies tell us that there or only 6 or 7 viable populations of 1,000 or more lions left in the key wildlife reserves in Africa, with a possible total of only 20,000 to 25,000 in all living in the wild. Today, lions cover only 10% of the continent, primarily in the southern and eastern regions.The issues plaguing the lion are similar to the ones that threaten many other species. Human-animal conflict tops the list. As human populations grow, people and animals increasingly compete for resources. And as humans take over more land, the lion’s territory becomes severely fragmented. Inbreeding tends to increase when prides are confined to small, disconnected pockets of land and with less genetic diversity, lions become more susceptible to disease.People have also attacked lions in order to protect livestock that might otherwise become a lion’s lunch. And trophy hunting, a highly lucrative business, can be particularly harmful when unregulated. Until human-lion relations improve, the future of the big cat looks grim.
|Baba ya Simba (Father of Lions)|
|George with his beloved Boy who is buried beside him|
|A young lion with a twig in his mouth visits George's grave|
Photograph: Kseniya Saberzhanova
Thousands of young photographers worldwide submitted their images to the Children's Eyes on Earth 2012 Photography Contest sponsored by The Guardian. The Contest "aims to raise awareness of environmental issues. Children aged 17 and under were encouraged to illustrate the themes of 'I love nature' and 'I hate pollution'."
These 19 photographs are amazing, disturbing and thought provoking. Adults, your children are sending you a message. Please take action to save the planet.
|Mother hen in foreground (center).|
|Auntie hen facing water dish (right).|
|A clover lawn is a healthy lawn|
|Wild turkeys make these dust baths bowls|