A Tragic Loss Of Wildlife

A picture of a hand holding a glowing earth globe in his hand with a butterfly on the globe.

Our human needs must stop killing the wildlife around us.

Question: what happens when the human population increases so rapidly, there isn’t enough food or energy resources to go around?

Answer: we take away the land around us and use it for human needs. We destroy the wildlife around us, and we don’t seem to care.

We do it anyway.

Taking Over

Humans have taken over this planet, and we are pushing the wildlife out of their natural habitats – on the land and in the sea. We build housing communities, malls, highway systems, movie theaters, and power plants anywhere we can.

Radiation from spent nuclear power plants seeps into the ocean, and we dump barrels of trash and war weapons into the depths of the sea.

A picture of Tokyp, Japan, a major city built within a natural disaster zone.

Humans build anywhere they can, and they destroy the wildlife around them.

This isn’t news, though. “Taking over” has been happening for thousands of years.

The more technological we humans become, the worse it gets. One day, the plethora of wildlife will only be seen in history books. I’m not sure if I want to be here when that happens. If we don’t take control of our human domination, NOW, this will be our planet’s final fate.

… if Mother Nature doesn’t push us back, that is.


Check out this awesome youtube video from the North Texas Tortoise Sanctuary  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxv9fSIIXNw.  I am on the Board of the NTTS, and I am also the on-sight Curator. The music for this video was done by one of our Directors, Chad Cook, with Stephen Arnold Music.

An exit sign on a highway that says Changes: Next Exit

We can’t wait any longer to make the changes needed to save all life on our planet. The devastation must stop today.

Lots To Do

There has been too much damage already done to our planet’s wildlife, and too many species have been destroyed at the hands of humans. It gets overwhelming when you think about the number of species humans have destroyed. The key to reversing this devastation is to stop – just stop.

We don’t need more laws. We don’t need more debate. We need to take our compassionate power back.

Humans are smart enough to know how to continue living on this planet in more natural ways.

Human beings are smart enough to design ways to back out of this holocaust.

The influences of power are more fragile than you think – if 1% of the population is at the root of this disgrace, then the 99% remaining can surely take over and STOP this run-away-train.

Think about taking action NOW, before it’s too late.

Redefining Our Antiquated Zoos

 picture of two Green Macaws

In 2014, two Costa Rica zoos will be converted into open-space wildlife conservation centers – photo from tikotimes.net

Both the Simón Bolívar Zoo in Barrio Amón in San José, Costa Rica and the Conservation Center of Santa Ana, Costa Rica will close down in May 2014.

According to a MINAE press release, the Simón Bolívar Zoo will be turned into a biological education center, and the conservation center will become a 51-hectare (106 acre) forest preserve.

Antiquated Zoos

A picture of a sad Orangutan in a caged zoo pen.

The capturing and caging of animals in zoos is outdated. Captive animals deserve to be in open-spaces provided by conservation centers and wildlife sanctuaries.

“Zoos” are antiquated and outdated examples of mankind’s arrogance and ignorance. These are strong words, but an accurate opinion shared by most conservationists.

Modern-day zoos are knee-deep in budgets, bureaucracy and politics – ALL of which have NO benefit for the animals.

Yes, it is important for all of us to see, touch, hear, and smell wild animals from other parts of the world.  It is crucial that we teach our children about all living things that are sharing our planet – I agree.  BUT, it is not a human right to “capture” and “imprison” other life-forms and contain them within tiny cages and metal bars.

An arial photo of the tortoise santuary

Open-spaces for the endangered tortoises at the North Texas Tortoise Sanctuary and Conservation Center.

The right thing to do is keep captive bred wildlife and animals within an open-space environment that mocks the wild. They will not know that they are not “home”, and humans can educate one another on the importance of our “neighbors” without turning them into “side-show prisoners.”

Zoos are out-of-date, and independent wildlife sanctuaries and conservation centers are the way for our future!

A picture of a tortoise facility in Florida.

Greg Lindley’s open-space, affiliate captive breeding Aldabra facility in SW Florida – this is the type of environment all captured animals thrive in – not in a caged zoo.

Setting Our Captives Free

The Costa Rican zoos’ animals, which include monkeys, a jaguar and an African lion, will be distributed throughout the country’s animal rescue centers – no bars, no small cages, no more confinement.  These animals will be “protected” within open spaces and natural food sources.

If you want to see a 700 pound Aldabra tortoise from the Mauritius Islands off Madagascar, don’t ooh and ahh over that precious animal that’s cooped up in a small, concreted zoo pen – promote the natural conservation centers that house these rare and magnificent animals within open spaces, and support the wildlife sanctuaries that place these special creatures in natural environments.

How would you feel if you were captured and forced to spend your life as a novelty for people to stare at every day as they rattle your cage ….. ?


Today Is One of 365 Earth Days

A picture of a child's hand and an adult's hand holding the Earth. showing that by adopting a new view of the Earth, humanity can move into the future in the right direction.

Moving Into A Better Future

Today is Earth Day: a day when we teach our kids to appreciate the Earth; a day when volunteer groups tackle environmental projects that have been put off; a day when our lawmakers spend a little more time reflecting how current Earth changes are really impacting modern society.

Today is also the day to realize that merely ONE day out of 365 days is not the only day to activate Earth awareness.

What’s Happening Today?

The Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska are undergoing an earthquake swarm. Guerrero, Mexico had a 6.0 magnitude quake early this morning after the Izu Volcanic Islands in Japan had another 6.1 quake. There are over a dozen volcanoes worldwide that are active, and over seven countries inundated with severe floods, including Hawaii, which is flooding due to the number of earthquakes stirring the ocean waters along the Pacific Rim . 

This reality is not meant to spoil your Earh Day – it’s meant to SHIFT YOUR AWARENESS.

The Next 364 Earth Days

Tomorrow, don’t ignore your Earth Day awareness. Our global society can move into a more positive future if we practice a daily reality check admitting that the Earth is not the same as it was a decade ago, or a century ago, or merely yesterday. The Earth is changing and moving into a new cosmic cycle. Our solar system is changing, our galaxy is changing. Our Universe is changing. The Earth is growing older, and as the Earth continues to change, all life on Earth must change with it.

The more complex societies become, the more conditions we place on each other and on Nature. In our attempt to manage the chaos that we have created, we create more. Our edicts are unnatural laws of Nature now; they no longer maintain a healthy relationship with the Earth. We have put giving back to Nature on the back burner.

It is time that we realize that we cannot stop Earth changes, we cannot continue to take more from the Earth than we give back, and we MUST learn how to go along for the ride. The Earth is driving this bus, and the sooner we admit this fact, the grander our time on Earth will be.