The Aswan Dam: During its construction in the 1960s, the Aswan Dam held back greater amounts of water each year. As the water rose, many important archaeological sites were flooded, such as these sphinxes lining the avenue of the Temple at Wadi es-Sebua. In 1964, the sphinxes and temple were rescued and put on higher ground.
PLEASE check out this AMAZING photographer, Ami Vitale (click her name to link to her facebook) and her work to bridge gaps between cultures and save the critically endangered animals in between. Also it’s the final day for her IndieVoices campaign so please consider supporting it! It’s only $1545 away from the stretch goal. Click here to learn more about it: https://indievoic.es/projects/project_home/36/D
Oh and don’t forget to follow her here on tumblr
It’s extremely fucked up that people are concerned/amused by the obesity and subsequent ~weight loss regime~ of Oshine, a female orangutan in captivity in the UK, when her physical condition was due to being raised as a pet with living conditions and a diet unfit for her, then sloughed off because she was not manageable in her maturity
@liceham my anger in this reply is in no way aimed at you! I am super grateful you gave me a reason to write down some of my thoughts on this subject, and I love that you’re informing your own opinions. I think you’re great!
I’m really sorry this took me so long to reply to; I have a lot of…
Everyone should take a few minutes to read this post.
Does anyone know the immunization necessary for pallas cats/handlers of pallas cats in captivity? I know they require very minimal human interaction and don’t often thrive in zoo settings. I haven’t much read up on it but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with or has done any research.
The first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912.
I hate to be knit-picky, but I’m gonna do it anyway, because the history of Machu Picchu as an archaeological site/site of European interest is fascinating.
Machu Picchu wasn’t discovered in the least, in fact, before Hiram Bingham was shown where it was (by a Quechua guide, to whom it was old hat), there are at least five other (white/European) people that may or may not have already interacted with the site, nevermind that it was a well known place to locals Quechua people (some of whom had repurposed site materials for their homes). While the Spanish supposedly weren’t aware of the site, a few German and English visitors were. Bingham was looking for Vilcabamba (by the way, that’s in Ecuador~), and wouldn’t have ‘found’ Machu Picchhu if not for his guides blatantly pointing it out.
The ‘cleaning up’ and essential looting of the site by Bingham’s team remains a point of contention between Peru and Yale. Also, he though it was a temple of the Virgins of The Sun, probably after osteologist George Eaton categorized skeletal remains from the site as most all female. In 2000, that was debunked by modern osteological knowledge of variation in height and size of Inca male individuals as compared to the way osteologists primarily learned from white/Euro skeletal remains (remains were nearly 50/50 male/female).
Here are some sources, also the wiki page is sourced well.
Stop The Western Australia Shark Cull
In response to a handful of fatal shark bites over the past several years, the government of Western Australia has launched a multi-million dollar effort to systematically catch and killing sharks, allegedly “protect the people of Western Australia”. This is in direct opposition to Australia’s existing Shark Recovery Plan. I guess when you call something a “cull” it’s supposed to sound more acceptable than “indiscriminate killing of a keystone ocean species.”
More than 100 million sharks are killed per year, for food and fear, pushing many of them, like the great white, to the brink of extinction. Meanwhile, you could count the number of fatal shark attacks every year on one hand.
You have a 1 in 3,700,000 chance of dying from a shark biting you. In contrast, you have a 1 in 63 chance of dying from the flu. Shark bites are a rare event, and fatal ones are astronomically rare. Sharks don’t actually attack humans, this is an invented term that implies that sharks are out to get people. They are not. “Rogue sharks,” those that specifically seek out humans for food, are a myth. Sharks are apex predators who keep ecosystems healthy and keep food webs in balance, all the way down to the plant level.
Instead of killing sharks, we should be using this money to study them, to track their behavior and migrations, or even to install automatic alert and surveillance systems.
See that photo above, under mine? That’s the WA cull’s first victim, a tiger shark, being dispatched this week. The cull is wrong on many levels, but it took four shots with that .22 to kill the shark, and that is adding greater inhumanity to an inhumane act.
Join me in calling for an end to the Western Australia shark cull. Download the #noWAsharkcull sign here, add your face to the thousands protesting this cull, and tag your photos with #nosharkcull and #noWAsharkcull.
We can make a difference!
Endangered Tortoises Are Being Defaced on Purpose… to Protect Them
by Sabrina Elfarra
Some of the rarest tortoises in the world are a hot commodity on the black market for their unique golden shells which can sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
In an effort to obstruct poachers, conservationists have made the bold move to carve into the shells of the tortoises, protecting the animals by making their domes less attractive. The branded shells also make it easier for authorities to trace them if they are stolen.
“Endangered tortoises and turtles are facing a real threat, and we’re hoping that this will be an effective tool to keep them safe,” Eric Goode, the founder and president of the Turtle Conservancy told ABC News today.
Years of hunting have caused near extinction for many tortoise species, so sanctuaries and zoos are using identification marks, including laser inscribing, tattoos and engraving to hinder poachers and discourage collectors from paying a great deal of money for the animals.
Since the conservancy began putting the branded tortoises back into the wild in 2011, the shells have not come up in the black market, which officials believe is a good sign.
The Turtle Conservancy’s Behler Chelonian Center in Ventura County, Calif., has been working with ploughshare tortoises among others which originate from Madagascar. Their goal is to engrave the shells of both the ploughshares in captivity as well as those living in the wild…
(read more: ABCNews)
photos by The Turtle Conservancy
How one photographer’s foolishness is saving endangered wildlife
Conservation photographer Morgan Heim took a flying leap into a new project to help the endangered fishing cat. Here she talks about her work, and how being foolish can lead to brilliant things.
Western Australia’s ‘shark management’ strategy aims to reduce public anxiety over attacks
Bloody ridiculous =_=
Over a hundred of the world’s top marine biologists PLEADED with the man in charge of this to call it off, explained to him in detail that it would devastate the ecosystem, constituted pointless cruelty, would not actually make people safer from sharks, demonstrated that shark attacks are not on the rise and pointed out that more people are killed by fucking cows and his response to every single one basically boils down to “sorry I only care about making dumb taxpayers happy.”
I hope this not only fails to reduce the rare shark attack but that he ends up the very next one.
THIS IS HORRIBLE
Oh my god this is utterly horrible these sharks aren’t harming anyone. They just want to live their lives in the ocean in peace why would anyone think that this is okay
I hope that none of these sharks are caught and hurt and that they are able to stay safe
SHARKS DON’T MEAN ANYONE ANY HARM
This is just senseless cruelty by people who buy into the ridiculous myth that sharks are monsters…
this is really upsetting (and also makes nO FUCKIN SENSE)
poor sharks :(
This video of Dr.Jane Goodall is a few years old but it is extremely important to anyone who has an interest in field biology, animal and habitat conservation, primatology, humanism, or the history of science.
I should actually write the living history of science since Dr. Goodall, who at 79-years-old, is still with us and is as active as ever.
Through her presentations and her foundation, The Jane Goodall Institute, she and others are helping to save wild chimpanzees from extinction as well as save what is left of their habitat from deforestation.