#Repost@lionrecovery The future for lions presents binary possibilities. Business as usual is going to result in dramatic ongoing declines in the numbers and distribution of these magnificent cats. However, if African governments continue to invest the necessary land for wildlife conservation, and if African governments and the international community step up to the plate and provide the elevation in funding needed to tackle conservation threats on the continent, the future will be much brighter. The existing protected area network, if properly funded, could support 3-4x the number of lions that currently survive in the wild.
Perspective of the day from LRF Director, @peterlindseyafrica
Photo by @neilmidlane
#Repost@janegoodallinst Happy #mothersday to all of the spectacular, supportive and courageous moms, human and wildlife alike, and all of those living without their mothers (we see and love you), for all your strength and wisdom and love! Jane has often said “if I was a bird that needs feathers to fly higher, my mother would be my strongest feather.” It is Jane’s mother who gave her the best advice and always believed in her, helping her find her way and live her dreams of going to Africa to study wild animals. It is Jane’s learning about the unique and beautiful motherhood bonds of chimps that gave us a window into their complex personalities and emotions, and helped us learn more about ourselves. And it is the mothers of those @rootsandshoots youth and people of all ages around the world, and those that care for others who may not have a mother, or those who rescue the motherless like those chimps of our Tchimpounga sanctuary that we give our greatest thanks and appreciation. Thank you. Tag someone who supports and loves you! Photos Hugo Van Lawick | #janegoodall#drjanegoodall#chimpanzees#chimps#wildlife#mothers
#Repost@amazonfrontlines This powerful photo essay (link in bio) presents an intimate look at life and resistance among the Siona of Putumayo, one of 34 indigenous groups designated at risk of physical and cultural extermination in Colombia. ⠀
For decades, the Siona of Putumayo have been caught in the crossfire of both the Colombian Civil War and the narcotics trade. It is their deep connection with their traditions and their spirituality that has allowed them to endure. ⠀
This week, the Siona are traveling along with two other indigenous nations from their rainforest territories in the Amazon to the Dominican Republic to present evidence before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that the Colombian state has not only failed to meet its obligations to take measures to ensure their physical and cultural survival, but that it has put them at even greater risk by making deals with extractive companies that directly impact their territories. Stay tuned as we share updates from this journey. ⠀
#Repost@sea_legacy Photo by @nickhawkinsphotography // Marine Protected Areas can — and must — work for both wildlife and people. Recently, the Canadian government announced the Eastern Shore Islands of Nova Scotia as a potential Marine Protected Area (MPA). This unique archipelago of over 500 islands supports diverse coastal ecosystems, including rich intertidal areas, seabird colonies, and spawning areas for Atlantic herring. Communities along the Eastern Shore have fought to keep open-pen salmon farming from threatening these sensitive fishing grounds. An MPA for the Islands could be a win-win for these communities. It would prohibit salmon farming, while allowing low impact activities, like the lobster fishery, to continue. It could also promote sustainable tourism in the area, producing jobs for future generations. There’s no doubt an Eastern Shore MPA will work for both conservation and the local economy. Follow me @nickhawkinsphotography for more on MPAs #TurningTheTide with @ecologyaction@cpaws_national@cpawsnovascotia@wwfcanada@nsnaturetrust#Canada#MarineProtectedAreas#EasternShore#NovaScotia#100WildIslands#MPA
#Repost@africanwildlifefoundation Saturday, May 5, was African World Heritage Day. Wild lands across #Africa are home to rare, threatened, and endangered species of immense value to conservation, contributing to the common heritage of humanity.
#Repost@nature_org Cute Alert! Yaron Schmid | @yswildlifephotography shared this image of a lion cub stretching in the Serengeti, Tanzania. "I am an animal lover - without nature there's no life!" @billmarr comments: "Sometimes cute is enough… you've gotta smile at this." Check out more entries in the TNC Photo Contest at nature.org/photocontest. #ConnectWithNature
#Repost@wired Photographer Silvie De Burie had always loved water, but after she started diving, her 'waterlust' was born. Soon, she began to take her camera down with her. This photo series features close-up shots of a variety of forms of coral, highlighting their colorful and mesmerizing patterns. However, humans are killing these coral reefs—and destroying the ecosystems that rely on them. De Burie hopes her photography can bring awareness to the threats faced by coral reefs. In her words, “the more we are aware, the more we will care.” : Silvie De Burie | @lensculture
#Repost@amazonfrontlines What do you do when the oil industry has polluted your drinking water? ⠀
In the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, indigenous communities are building their own solutions through systems that collect and filter rainwater. ⠀
You can help them reach their goal: link in bio.⠀