Africa without Lions
Africa has always held this mystical place in my heart. Far reaching destination with abundant wildlife and ecosystems that seem on the surface to be totally untouched, void from man. Sure there are places in Africa that few people have been to and yes those destination do exist-at least for me. I can remember my grandfather always talking about Africa and it’s wildlife and how he wanted to visit sometime in his life. Well he never did make the trip and passed on many years ago and I have told myself that one day I will go for him and myself to make my family quest complete. It’s on my “bucket list” as they say.
This brings me to why I want to go so bad and that is to witness lions or the “big cats” in their environment, and doing what they do best. Top of the food chain, with not very many predators to bring them down. Yes the Hyena may be one culprit but only in numbers can they actually do harm to a lion. Lions and Hyenas have had this never ending hatred for each other-Centuries old and it will continue as long as both species exist.
Lions are perceived as an animal that is wide ranging, in great numbers and not going anywhere. This is far from the truth and their numbers are declining at a tremendous rate. Yes the Masai are killing them but doing so because lions kill their livestock-I can understand why they do this and who am I to pass judgment on their very survival-keeping their livestock alive keeps them alive.
Lets get down to why I want to educate the general public and after you read this post and watch the video there is a petition that you can sign to help the lions and in return will help every living creature in Africa including it’s people.
Furadan which contains Carbofuran is a pesticide which is manufactured by the company FMC in Pennsylvania. This pesticide has been banned in Europe but the company ships it to Africa where it is widely used. Furadan can be purchased for a low bargain price of a couple of dollars. Not to keep crops insect free but to kill lions that kill livestock. This chemical is extremely lethal! Tasteless and orderless and not only does it kill lions but any animal that ingests it. Vultures that feed off what the lions leave behind which is not much succumb to Furadan. Hippos that feed on vegetation die, and yes the opportunistic lion seeing a dead hippo start to feed and eventually die. When it’s injested there is no turning back. If an animal has been found that has ingested Furadan and is still alive it is usually shot-a far better way to go! You get the picture it’s a massive domino effect. Humans have even died from ingesting this because of what they eat on the food chain.
The general public doesn’t realize that if this continues lions will be completely gone from Africa in 10-20 years. Top predator gone….what do you think will happen next? Predator and prey relationship will be changed forever and it will not be good for any animal species.
Ok enough of my writing skills! Educate yourself about Furadan. I have included a link below for finding out about the chemical. While watching this video there is a short ad for Lipotore. Please don’t become impatient and decide not to watch it. This video is from “60 Minutes”, and one of the best I have seen on this subject because it gives you a very good idea of what is happening in Africa.
Next go to the link provided, fill out the form and hit the submit button. What your doing is sending a form letter to Kenya’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, asking to ban the sale and distribution of Furadan in Africa.. Do it people, there is no more time to procrastinate on this
Petition to sign and submit to end the sale and distribution of Furadan in Africa:https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1635&JServSessionIdr004=98z9swgui2.app223.
Manufacture Info on Furadan
CBS 60 Minute video “Poisoned”
This next vidcast below is from another NatGeo shooter and every time I few this clip it always amazes me. The patience, and ability to capture this is something I admire! Give the clip some time to load before you view it. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by my blog.
The next vidcast on my blog has to do the tragic decline of the African lion. On February 8, 2010 I posted another video that is more in depth on what is happening to lions in Africa. I am sure most people really don’t think there is a problem with the African lion and their diminishing prides . It’s understandable, they are so far removed from our lives and really what difference does it make is what most people would ask? This story is no different than what’s happening to polar bears, brown bears, or any large predators around the USA and world. The loss of these great predators is just a barometer of what is really happening in our ecosystem. I can understand the Masai people and why they have to kill lions to sustain there own life. It’s people like the Jouberts who are on the forefront of this campaign to start educating not only the general public but helping the Masai understand why they need to protect this great predator. I have yet to go to Africa to see lions but it has been a dream of mine to someday be able to observe them and come back with images of these great cats.
The vidcast below is about the ILCP which stands for International League of Conservation Photographers. Check it out and read a short description of what this group is all about and what they stand for. You can also link to their website at http://www.ilcp.com/
Who We Are.
Our mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography.
We believe that awe-inspiring photography is a powerful force for the environment, especially when paired with the collaboration of committed scientists, politicians, religious leaders and policy makers. We plan to replace environmental indifference with a new culture of stewardship and passion for our beautiful planet.
* CONSERVATION. Helping to safeguard the biodiversity of the planet and the integrity of natural ecosystems.
* COMMITMENT. Remaining true our to our values and photographic and conservation aims
* INTEGRITY. Adherence to moral and ethical principles especially in our behavior towards and depiction of the natural world.
* GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS. Using our photography to educate and inform with integrity and to communicate conservation messages worldwide.
* LEADERSHIP. Showing the photographic community by example what can be achieved.
* PHOTOGRAPHIC EXCELLENCE. Striving to attain the highest quality photography possible – pushing the boundaries.
* COLLABORATION. Using our combined strength and joining forces with like-minded organizations to further our conservation aims.
The ILCP seeks to empower conservation photographers by creating an organizational structure that allows them to focus on the creative aspects of their work while at the same time finding venues that allow their images to make a significant contribution to the understanding and caring of the environment.
OK, so your probably wondering why I am posting videos about wildlife on my photography blog. Well for one reason I am passionate about wildlife and when you mix still photography and film together you have a winning combination. Beverly Joubert does both and her husband Dereck is considered to be one of the best wildlife documentary filmmakers in the world.
The Jouberts co-produce all of their films. Dereck Joubert directs, films and writes the scripts; Beverly produces and records sound. Beverly Joubert photographs have appeared in countless National Geographic magazines. Filmmaking for them has always been a way to bring the message of conservation to audiences.
Check out this husband and wife team and take the time to watch some of the films they have made and what they have to do in order to end up with award winning results.
Enjoy this short clip and from time to time I will post other short videos that pertain to wildlife photography, and wildlife cinematography.
National Geographic embodies great shooters who produce great images under the most adverse conditions. One particular individual one sticks in my mind and is one of National Geographics contributing photographers is Joel Sartore. If you have not heard of him pick up a Nat Geo because chances are you should find his credit line within it’s pages.
I posted this short clip on my blog because Joels photography not only speaks about who he is as a shooter but what he has to say about our environment.
This clip also gives the viewer a very brief synopsis of the life of a National Geographic photographer which is not all fun and games as one might think!
I added the vidcast below because of Michael “Nick” Nichols who is another outstanding Nat Geo photographer. You can visit his website at http://michaelnicknichols.com/. Nick has been around the world and has some very powerful images. He is very passionate about wildlife and his images can be very emotional, but they get the message across about what humans are doing to their own planet and animals.
Last but not least is the multimedia production company called MediaStorm who was involved with this video and take the time to learn more about them at http://mediastorm.org/ . Very talented group of people and also impressive are the photo journalist who have their work published on MediaStorm. Well worth following the link!
Follow the link below to view the video titled Ivory Wars.
Zakouma National Park in Chad is home to one of the world’s largest remaining concentrations of elephants.
Zakouma’s armed guards have ensured sanctuary for the hundreds of species that reside within the park. At great personal risk, the guards fight a dangerous war against poachers who hunt the animals for their value on the black market or as cultural talismans.
But as perennial rains arrive to replenish the desert landscape, some 3,500 elephants search for better forage outside the park’s perimeter, where poachers await them.
Conservationist J. Michael Fay and National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols traveled to Zakouma during the wet season in 2006 to discover the danger just beyond the park borders that threatens the refuge’s very existence.
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