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Freediver calls for better protection of NZ dolphins
Friday, 09 March 2012, 11:02 am
Press Release: NABU International - Foundation for Nature
March 8, 2012
Fifteen times freediving world record holder William Trubridge calls for better protection of the world’s rarest marine dolphin
New Zealand – William Trubridge is a New Zealander and feels a special connection with Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins, which live nowhere else.
CD and I had just finished a lovely picnic with Squiddy and Batty and their partners in New Zealand in January (midsummer) when I noticed a tiny movement in the bouquet of red lilies on the picnic table. A closer look revealed a tiny mantis about two cm long prowling around among the blossoms. While the others put the dishes and leftovers away, I fetched my two cameras and the tiny insect and I spent the better part of the next hour studying each other.
I've always loved animals and this is one book I must get my hands on. Feel free to gift it to me ;-)
Daphne Sheldrick is the first person to ever have successfuly hand-reared newborn elephants. Her deep empathy and understanding, her years of observing Kenya's rick variety of wildlife and her pioneering work in perfecting the right husbandry and milk formula have saved countless elephants, rhinos and other baby animals from certain death.
When I think of Thailand many, many things come to mind. I think of all the good Thai food, I think of chaos in the form of driving, I think of warm weather, I think of tuk tuk's and songthaews and I also think of elephants (chang). The first elephant I saw was in Phuket. We had been living here for two months and we had family in town and we all spent a week in Phuket.
03.03 to 03.06
I just spent the weekend on my first out of the country trip this year. Destination: Seoul, South Korea.
My officemates and I have been raring to go to this city since Cebu Pacific opened a new route to Seoul. Other officemates have raved non-stop about this place and so this became on of our must-see places on our travel lists.
This photo is of a Black-Tailed Jackrabbit – photographed in southern Texas. “What big ears you have!” - “All the better to hear you with.” So goes the dialogue in a popular children’s story. However, ears do more than listen. They are also a mechanism to dissipate heat in warm climates. ALLEN’S RULE states: Animals that live close to the equator, have longer appendages & a smaller body mass (greater percent surface area) to get rid of excess heat – ones closer to the poles, have shorter appendages and a larger body mass (less percent surface area) in order to conserve heat.
The first stop on my north-east India tour was Kaziranga NP, a 430 km2 sanctuary that was established over a century ago as a refuge for the dwindling population of Great One-horned Rhinoceros. It might have saved the species from extinction, as the population recovered to a very healthy 2000 within the park boundaries, and it serves as a pool for reintroduction into other parks which have been depleted by poaching.
The Island of Curieuse hosts diverse natural ecosystems from Coco de Mer forests and turtle breeding grounds to Mangrove swamps. We made a day trip from Praslin, landing on the northern shore of Baie Laraie. A short walk (1.7km) takes you through the Mangrove swamps, past the Coco de Mer forest and on to the Doctor’s House at Anse St Jose, which is now a museum.