(English down) Ich möchte einmal danke sagen und mir viel kein besseres Bild dazu ein wie dieser Screenshot aus einem bislang unveröffentlichen Video von mir mit einer wunderschönen neugierigen Küstenwölfin die sich auf drei Meter genähert hat!!! Das war die tollste Begegnung mit einem wilden Tier die ich je hatte und ich bin sehr froh das ich sie jetzt mit euch Teilen kann!!!
Danke an euch alle die mich unterstützen, die mich motivieren, die Tag für Tag meine Arbeit verfolgen, die mir schreiben und meine Bilder liken und kommentieren. Alle die zu meinen Vorträgen kommen und allen die mir geholfen haben dieses Jahr im Frühjahr den Travel Photographer of the Year Peoples Choice Award von National Geographic zu gewinnen! Das wart ihr!! Ich verdanke euch, meiner Community so viel, mittlerweile folgen mir über 10.000 Personen auf Social Media, wie geil ist das denn bitte?
Ich hoffe in den nächsten Jahren werdet ihr mich weiterhin begleiten und unterstützen, ich weiß nicht was die Zukunft bringt, und persönlich möchte ich das auch garnicht wissen, denn ich versuche für den Moment zu leben um täglich Menschen für die Natur zu begeistern und dazu zu inspirieren, sie mehr und mehr zu beschützen.
I would like to say thank you and I do not think much of a better picture like this screenshot from a hitherto unpublished video of me with a beautiful curious coastal wolf who has approached on three meters (10 feed)! That was the most amazing encounter with a wild animal I've ever had and I'm very glad that I can share it with you now !!!
Thanks to all of you who support me, who motivate me, who follow my work day after day, who write to me, like and comment on my pictures. Everyone who comes to my presentations and those who helped me win National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year Peoples Choice Award this year! That was you!! I owe you, my community so much, now follow me over 10,000 people on social media, how cool is that?
I hope in the next few years you will continue to accompany and support me, I do not know what the future holds, and personally I do not want to know that at all, because I try to live for the moment to inspire people everyday for nature!!
Photo by @pedromcbride // In Northern Kenya, the people from @lewa_wildlife have been working for years to balance the needs of wildlife and people and peace through community conservation models which are now moving to other regions with the work of @nrt_kenya. To see more, follow @pedromcbride #kenya#africa#reflection#conservation#peace#nature#wildlife#petemcbride
It is heartwrenching to see intelligent, sentient beings, some of which happen to be our closest relatives like this #chimp in the picture, forcibly reduced to become puppets for our perverse sense of entertainment in #zoos and at animal shows. They live out their lives in utter distress, depression, and all of them exhibit a psychological condition called zoochosis (look it up!). Not to mention the horrific abuse and ill-treatment they are subjected to. All you have to do is say no to zoos that are purely meant for entertainment and contribute zilch to #conservation ; and to the cruel and brutal animal shows (every single one is). Such facilities are intrinsically linked to the illegal #wildlife trade. #Animals simply cannot and should not be used for entertainment. Period. This will stop only when the demand stops.
Take a look at the powerful series by @jayaprakash_bojan which he calls 'Behind Bars' to grasp the tip of the much larger and harsher reality of zoos and #animal entertainment business, the side of which is conveniently kept hidden from ignorant #tourists . #Repost @jayaprakash_bojan (@get_repost)
Behind Bars I 2018
A chimp behind bars I Far away from home, locked up in a tiny enclosure on the 5th floor of a mall, A broken spirit. It was painful to have eye contact with this amazing creature. #saynotoanimalshows#Orangutanalliance#saynotoexoticpettrade#natureinfocus#wildlifejournalism#endwildlifetrafficking#exoticpets#bbctravel#animalcruelty#natgeoasiatravel#instagood#photooftheday
🐘 30% of Africa's elephants have disappeared in the last decade.
🦏 In 2017, 1,028 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone—far above the 13 killed in 2007.
🐠 Half of the Great Barrier Reef has died in the last two years.
🌎 Globally, we're losing species at least 1,000 times the natural rate.
Happy International Sloth Day! As these awesome creatures are one of my favourite animals I simply had to celebrate their day, with a super quick charcoal sketch of a Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth, which is the most critically endangered Sloth, with less than 100 of this sub-species surviving in the wild. They are only found on a teeny tiny island off the coast of Panama and their main threat is habitat destruction by humans as tourism increases. #ZSL has a project tracking these cuties to establish the radius of their habitat and working with local communities to encourage the use of sustainable resources and educate school children about the environment. Find out more ways to help save biodiversity by visiting www.zsl.org/conservation or www.wwf.org.uk/thingsyoucando Their lives are in our hands... 🤲🙏
WHAT IS THIS FISH?
This is cutie is a juvenile Pinnate Batfish (Platax pinnatus) and they are suffering for human entertainment here’s why.
This beautiful fish is much sought after in the hobby Aquarium trade, their initial small size and striking markings allows them to mimic a flatworm, making them hypnotic to observe.
However, they are described on aquarium sites as sensitive fish. Juvenile pinnate batfish are very shy and difficult fish to maintain in an aquarium, it’s advised they should be avoided by all but the most experienced aquarists. They are known to starve themselves, refusing to eat presumably due to stress, leading to inevitable starvation.
This out take is from a site giving advice on how to keep aquarium fish, “Batfish are very personable and engaging fish, and clever.”
This doesn’t sound like the kind of creature who would be happy or even comfortable living in a glass cube regardless how glamourous that cube may be. .
As a diver it is always heartbreaking to see fish you are excited to admire in the ocean boxed up in captivity. And while many people presumably don’t realise how complex these exquisite fish are, it makes it no less upsetting for those of us who put in the time to observe them in their natural habitat, where they belong. .
Please think twice before buying an animal for your own amusement without considering if it is an appropriate pet. Put the welfare and happiness of every animal you intend to own first, before you decide “I just have to have one!”
A perfect example of respect and admiration at it’s best is this beautiful photo taken by: 📷: @nurul_yazid