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Will I Ever Grow Up? … Small Animals

These great photographs are for viewing and identification purposes. Many of the photos I find have no reliable link so I am asking viewers to please add a comment and link if they know who took any of the photos. Photos will be removed at artists request.

In the meantime enjoy today’s post.

by Penn State University Prof. Blair Hedges Caribean Geko

Micro Pig

Endangered Animals

These great photographs are for viewing and identification purposes. Many of the photos I find have no reliable link so I am asking viewers to please add a comment and link if they know who took any of the photos. Photos will be removed at artists request. In the meantime enjoy today’s post.

This is an important subject that everyone should be familiar with. As each of these animals go extinct we loose another piece of ourselves. Not as many people care about this subject as should but I wonder if their attitude would change if humans were an endangered species. Of course if that were the case there would be no one to care at all. It will happen soon enough but I would hate to know that there was a more intelligent species that was able to help the human species from becoming extinct and doing anything about it. Unlike humans these animals are doing nothing to actually make themselves disappear. It is man alone doing this to them and in the end to himself.

An endangered species is a population of organisms which is at risk of becoming extinct because it is either few in numbers, or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters. Many countries have laws that make it illegal to endanger these animals but this only happens for a small % of those that are actually in peril. Most will disappear with no notice or care given. Perhaps we can at least help with the few that have been obtained legal protection.

Learn more about these animals and the efforts to protect them at the WWF

This gorgeous big cat caught my attention when I heard that there are about 50 of them left in the wild.
The 2011 numbers are considered record-breaking compared to the past 5 years where only 7 to 9 leopards were identified each year.
The positive results point to a population increase of up to 50% in the targeted region and can be attributed to:
  • long term efforts made to support leopard conservation, including this annual survey conducted by WWF and partners
  • improvements made to the management of the Kedrovaya Pad Reserve and Leopardovy Federal Wildlife Refuge, both primary habitat for Amur leopards

 

endangerd species Polor bear

Polar Bear

 This is the sad image of the fight of polar bears drowning in the freezing seas
 20-25,000 polar bears worldwide
Find out what is being done and what you can do at the WWF
Orphaned Western Lowland Gorilla reintroduced into the wild.
  • The western lowland gorilla is the most widespread, possibly numbering 100,000.
  • The Cross River gorilla is currently the world’s rarest great ape, with a population of only around 250-300 restricted to a small area of highland forest on the border of Cameroon and Nigeria.
  • There is no reliable estimate of the eastern lowland gorilla population; however at one time it could have reached 17,000 individuals.
  • The total population of mountain gorillas is around 786 individuals, split into two separate groups.
This species is secure as long as it is protected but due to the worth of Ivory they have been hunted and butchered and will be again without any protection

Interesting Valentine Artwork

This is a small collection of some very interesting Valentine Art found on Zazzle. A variety of work from fractals to photographs all with heart.

On With the New Year

Now that I have my laptop mouse figured out I can wish you a proper Happy New Year. I have been working hard on my shops at Zazzle leaving me with little time to update this blog as much as I would like. I will always be adding more beautiful animal and nature photographs and if you have any requests don’t hesitate to comment. I also try to make regular additions to my art blog, Inspired Ambitions, so make sure you stop by there and enjoy some unusual artwork.
As the title says, On with the New Year – hope we all have a great 20120