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The hurdles of working in conservation films

As a wildlife filmmaker based in a country like India that is high on blue chip and large scale productions and popular voices doing voice overs, specializing in conservation filmmaking is harder than one can imagine.

India is home to Bollywood, an industry that producers over 300-350 Hindi language films each year, my conservation film on roadkills stands almost no chance of getting noticed.

This makes it a challenge to hit that mark with your target audience and get the publicity ball rolling.

How do I address this gap? Well, we make them feel emotionally attached to the animal. 

You make it relatable.

You could look at the Big 5 or similar megafauna or make the story feel relatable and humanized. Personified.

Add the drama. Add conflict. 

Add the sense of adventure and the idea of pursuing something.

Make them feel like their involvement in this story is worth their time :) 




235   8 months ago
The Unsustainable Underbelly of Ski Resorts by George Kingston

George Kingston is an all-out outdoor person. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Sustainability Science & Practices from Stanford University. His training has motivated him to advocate for greater sustainability and accessibility within outdoor activities. These days, George is working as an actor and screenwriter to depict our relationships with the natural world.

We never thought about this and here at Mojostreaming, we thank George for educating us! 

Please read:  https://www.stories.requipper.com/post/the-unsustainable-underbelly-of-ski-resorts?fbclid=IwAR2KDi-ES5pbgycFo0qgM05P1VEs_gPpC26ImMfiKGNtnQJ7wN-wUjDZxPA

We would like to hear from you. Do you have any other suggestions on what other changes can be made?

355   8 months ago
A Tale of Two Species


Must love guns
And bullets and ballistics 
Projectiles exploding out of barrels
Travelling at an invisible speed
Streaking towards a target
Doesn’t see it coming
Although it’s only passing through
Not so bad if it’s inanimate 
Bullseye target, aim for the red spot
No real bull, of any kind
No buffalo, no elephant
But when an animal is the eye
The centre of the sights
Indeed the projectile will punch a hole
Tearing through the flesh
Smashing bone
Not compatible with life

Must love hunting
Pseudonym for killing
Taking a life warms the heart
A wife squeals in glee
As an elephant groans in pathos
Its life ebbs away, pathetically 
Could be another woman
And a newly dead giraffe
Still it’s mostly the usual suspects
Men with guns, misnamed hunters
What species is this, elsewhere explored
That takes such delight
In taking a majestic life
Whereas others would cry
At such waste of the wanton 

Must love inflicting pain 
Seeing an animal in the distance fall
Not so many clean shots
Not so many instant kills
Doesn’t kill the thrills though

Must love never showing empathy 
Definitely not feeling it
Or compassion or kinship with living things
No theory of mind
No kindness because it doesn’t kill

Must believe the lie
Of killing for conservation 
Taking a life for money, to preserve life
Mental contortions, gymnastics of belief
To accomodate oxymorons of the mind
For the normal mind not axiomatic
Just flagrantly obvious
This is a different species, newly classified
And its scientifically defiant name?
Homo Mortis 

We can only look forward to the day
Turn the guns on their own mentality
Target their own anachronistic thinking
‘Let’s go hunting lying tales instead’
A more worthy prey
Leave lions alone, and wolves
In fact any innocent animal in a sight

That’s it, more a tale about one species
Everything that they are
All their distinguishing traits
Are not like the other species
Missing from this story
(But soon to be added in #tectonictonic)
The rest of us

A.E. Lovell


217   8 months ago
Is Trophy Hunting Killing or Conservation! We want to hear from you!

If one trophy hunter can spend $200,000 to hunt exotic animals and say it is not about killing, and it is about helping wildlife conservation is he/she being realistic?  Wouldn't one say if it is not about the thrill of killing an animal and it is about the love you have for wildlife then why not use the money in a way that saves our wildlife and their future?


Isn't Trophy hunting more about the money versus conservation?  Breeding and raising wildlife is a million-dollar business.   Do you believe it is about conservation or about the money that flows into one's pocket? 

Let us take a look at one organization in Texas that claims to be about conservation:  This organization run by 2 people has convinced wildlife lovers and organizations that they care about conservation and with this approach has easily raised millions of dollars to get the business up and running! 

Mojostreaming has spoken with the founder and he believes we are not fully educated on what the organization is about.  We have invited him to be our guest on our talk show to help us better understand.  We are still waiting on his reply. 

We encourage you to look up wildlife ranching in America (most are in Texas)  One rancher received over 11 million from investors and I believe they easily convince people they are about conservation versus making money off of selling exotic animals to zoos and making money off of enclosed trophy hunting where people easily pay 10,000+ for a kill.

Please research and see what you find and come up with your own impressions. 

Let us watch this news documentary and ask yourself if it is okay to kill 8 to 14 other wild animals to bait one leopard so you can kill that one leopard.  The fee to participate in this sport cost over 26,000 with the loss of up to 15 animals. Why?  just so you can place the head on your wall, take a photo and brag to your friends, and then sell the skin for you to make money off of? Then tell yourself that you love wildlife and you are helping conservation. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NdopGBtb0A

ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE IS A HUGE PROBLEM- it generates millions of dollars at the expense of the species.  Many animals are on the brink of extinction and one country to blame is the United States of America because that is where the big buyers come from:   Click on the link below to learn more: 

mojostreaming.com

Not only do we have to worry about the illegal trade of wildlife we have to worry about whether our Zoos are participating in such acts.   

Please watch:  mojostreaming.com

We can also debate hunting in your local state to control wild animals such as deer, raccoons, turkey, and more.  We are not doing enough to make sure hunters are following proper protocol.  Are licenses being purchased?  Are they tagging and reporting their kill and keeping it to their assigned limit?  Are they baiting- using salt block, night cameras, feeding stations?  Are they using dogs, scents, and other enticing products to fool the animal?  Are they hunting in enclosed fencing like they do in Peru, Indiana?  Are they dumping the carcass or taking it to the properly assigned stations for their area?  Are they hunting for food or for the trophy and bragging rights?  Are they completing the proper permits to be on someone's property, and tagging their stand?  It is easy to not follow such guidelines when you have stores like Rural King promoting special feed, salt blocks, and other baiting products during hunting season.   How about the hunting contest that is going on in America.

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Coyotes were killed at the Southern Illinois Predator Challenge in 2017. COURTESY OF MARC AYERS/HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES


Winners for shooting the most gray foxes, West Texas Big Bobcat Contest, February 2014  

Again in Texas

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Here is what we need to keep an eye on!  These types of events bring in a lot of money and money is more important the protecting our wildlife from extinction. 

We can just add one more thing to America's list to be known for.  Cruelty to animals though they wish to call it conservation. 

Mojostreaming asks that you share and educate others on the crisis our wildlife continues to face

To watch Tiger Mafia it is available on Amazon Prime in Europe and we will keep you posted when available in other areas. . 


448   9 months ago
MojoStreaming Art exhibition - Charlotte Williams - starting Monday October 4th


Charlotte Williams is a

highly respected and increasingly celebrated British fine artist with a

particular interest in wildlife.  She is entirely self-taught and was

drawing her first animal portraits as young as nine years old.

 

Despite being afforded a scholarship to Farnham Art College

in her late teens, she headed instead for South Africa and the ‘bush’, where

she spent several years living and working on a game reserve in the Eastern

Transvaal. Immersed in the raw environment of the veldt, it was here

that Charlotte’s life-long passion for animals and the wild was born, and

where she passed many hundreds of hours wandering, observing and sketching all

that she saw.

On her return to the

UK in the mid-1990s, Charlotte continued to dedicate herself to art,

this time in Brighton. She went on to exhibit her work in numerous shows -

locally, and in London. She has since been in great demand and

the majority of her work today is by commission, both at home and

abroad.  

 

Charlotte’s consuming affection for wildlife

conservation has remained paramount, and her depiction of Cecil The Lion,

who lived primarily in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, has become one of

her iconic portraits.   She later auctioned the portrait to

raise funds and awareness of the battle against poaching, and she today

continues to support myriad conservation enterprises and wildlife foundations

across the globe. 

 

Each of Charlotte’s meticulous artworks aims to capture the

soul and spirit of her subjects, from behind the eyes, so that you might know

them and feel them, as if they were living and breathing before you.  Her

appreciation of wild animals, coupled with her unapologetic perfectionism -

enable her to create paintings and drawings that are unique and wholly

authentic. 

 

Though now based in her studio in rural East Sussex since

2010 she has an ever growing global following on social media and has

recently been made a signature member of Artists For Conservation. She is

represented by numerous people, including the prestigious London and Sussex

based gallery Rountree Tryon and has exhibited at, amongst others, Masterpiece

Art and Gallery Different in London

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609   10 months ago
Mojostreaming is a proud sponsor of this year's 2021 WCFF!

Mojostreaming is a proud sponsor of this year's 2021 WCFF! 

Be sure to watch last year's WCFF finalist and Mojo's favorite Documentary:  Trailer: youtu.be

Wach the film here: 
  https://www.mojostreaming.com/video/635/roam4wild-the-documentary-film

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) is an international film festival based in New York and Los Angeles, that promotes and produces interactive events around independent films that promote sustainability and the conservation of biodiversity. The WCFF has global partnerships in Brazil, China, Kenya, and Scandinavia as of November 2019.

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival was founded in 2010 by Christopher J. Gervais, FRGS at first as a 2-day event and has now grown to a 10-day festival.[1] It is a juried event with attendees and participants that include international wildlife conservationists, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, and people across the globe that work toward the preservation of global biodiversity. WCFF has a global educational outreach program with secondary and post-secondary institutions in North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe as of 2019.

2019 Award Winners

  • Ecosystem/Habitat: "Desert Wetlands-Pulse of the Outback" by Geoff Spanner
  • Education: "I Am Lion" - Tauana Films
  • Endangered Species: "Dammed to Extinction" Peterson Hawley Productions
  • Feature: "Lost Kings of Bioko" by Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg[2]
  • Foreign: "Otters and the Exotic Pet Trade" - Four Corners Film Collective and World Animal Protection
  • Humans & Nature - "Humans and Nature" - produced by Ian Mauro and David Suzuki
  • Music & Nature - "The View South: Puma's in Patagonia" produced by Richard Szikler and Manuela Iglesias
  • Newcomer: "Queen of Taru" - Aishwarya Sridhar
  • Ocean’s: "The Secret Lives of Humpbacks" Andrew Stevenson, producer
  • Short: "African Drivrs-Lion Lights Story" Hector Salgado and Diana Soto, producers
  • Wildlife Conservation: "Red Ape: Saving the Orangutan" - Offspring Films Ltd and BBC Natural World
  • Wildlife Crime: "The Hidden Tiger" - Rescue Doc Films


Be sure to visit their website:  wcff.org

Board of Advisors: 

Jane Alexander

Casey Anderson

Gale Brewer

Holly Marie Combs

Fabien Cousteau

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Birute’ Mary Galdikas

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE

Dr. David Guggenheim

Dr. Paula Kahumbu, OGW

Ron Magill

Ian Redmond, OBE

Dr. E.O. Wilson

Dr. Patricia C. Wright

David Hamlin


990   11 months ago
It is about time you learned a thing or two about empathy towards wildlife


It is about time you learned a thing or two about empathy towards wildlife. Here are a few books that will help

Original post by Snigdha Sharma
October 03, 2017
 03 Min Read

 

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a-zoo-in-my-luggage

A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell
In 1957, Gerald Durrell and his wife set out to "collect" animals from Bafut in the British Cameroons of West Africa for their zoo, a location for which was yet to be secured. They returned with a menagerie of creatures and the novel is an account of how he shifts the animals around England while scouting for a permanent location. 'Throughout my life,' he writes, 'I have rarely if ever achieved what I wanted by tackling it in a logical fashion.' A Zoo in my Luggage is a hilarious true story of animal relocation written in Durrell's inimitable style that combines charming descriptions with dry humour. His timeless classic, My Family and Other Animals, is a childhood adventure. This novel captures his unwavering love for wildlife and nature as an adult. 

 

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Jungle_Book_Rudyard_Kipling_poster

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Who can forget Mowgli? The little boy who was raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India.  The book follows his adventures with all kinds of animals—Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the bear who teach him the important laws of the jungle to Sher Khan, the tiger who is Mowgli's mortal enemy. Other stories include Rikki-Tiki-Tavi, the tale of a brave mongoose who saves a family from two vicious cobras and Toomai, a young mahout and his elephant. The book transports you to a world of forests and animals, one riddled with meaning and symbolism in a way that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

 

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JimCorbett - First Edition-02

Man-Eaters of Kumaon  by Jim Corbett

After much persuasion from his friends and family, Jim Corbett finally penned down this riveting memoir of his encounters with big cats in the Indian Himalayas. First published in 1944 by Oxford University Press, Corbett used stories from his previous book titled Jungle Stories as its basis. The stories follow him as he tracks and kills several man-eating tigers in India, including the terrifying Champawat Tigress, who set a world record by killing 436 people in Nepal and India before being shot by Corbett in 1907.

 

the snow leopard
the snow leopard

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

The Snow Leopard is a day-by-day account of the author's journey into the remote Dolpo region of the Nepal Himalayas with his friend, the biologist George Schaller, to study the mating patterns of the Himalayan blue sheep. He also hopes to catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard which ultimately becomes a metaphor for his own spiritual quest as the book progresses. "Figures dark beneath their loads pass down the far bank of the river, rendered immortal by the streak of sunset upon their shoulders." His empathy towards the natural makes this book one of the greatest examples of both nature and travel writing.

 

the elephant whisperer
the elephant whisperer

 

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence
Lawrence Anthony, the wildlife conservationist, took in a herd of wild African elephants at his Thula Thula game reserve. The matriarch and her baby had been shot leaving the herd traumatized and highly dangerous. Anthony realized he might be their last chance of survival.  This book is the incredible story of his struggle to form a bond with these elephants who ultimately accepted Anthony as their matriarch. When he died in 2012, the same herd of elephants made a twelve-hour journey to his home to mourn his death. 

 


555   1 year ago
Lucy the elephant



"Free The Wild" Director and Trustee, Anika Sleem is taking part in a live interview with MojoStreaming's Cathleen Trigg-Jones this Sunday, discussing Lucy the elephant, captive at Edmonton Zoo on Sunday!

About Lucy

Born in 1975, Lucy is an Asian elephant who has lived in the sub-artic conditions of Canada for over 40 years. She has never been with another Asian elephant and her only companion was taken away in 2006. Edmonton Valley Zoo's limited operating times means even the company of humans is few and far between.
She is 1000 lbs overweight and suffers from significant arthritis and foot disease. She has difficulty bearing weight on her back legs and, due to an inappropriate diet, suffers dental issues and painful colic issues which have caused her to collapse - seen lying down, slapping her stomach with her trunk. With no place to swim, no mud in which to wallow or trees to scratch against, Free The Wild aims to work with Edmonton Valley Zoo to find an amicable solution in securing her release. Despite being 45 years old, Lucy has another 15-20 years left of her life.

The interview takes place at Noon, Eastern Standard Time. Please check this time chart to establish the time of the interview in your time zonehttps://24timezones.com/difference/

Here is the link to the interview. Please only click on it at the start of the interview.:
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1061   1 year ago
Common waterbuck- Kobus ellipsen ellipsiprymnus

The white ring around the waterbuck’s hindquarters has led to many tales. A favorite is that they were the first animals to use the toilet on Noah’s Ark. The newly-installed toilet seats on the ark were still wet with paint and left a distinctive white ring on their rumps. Despite these bucks being a part of the ‘butt joke’, there are valid reasons for the white markings on their hindquarters. Flashes of color often scare off predators and act as a ‘follow me’ sign, helping other waterbucks flee when in danger.

Waterbuck are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females have external differences apart from their reproductive organs.

Males can be up to 25% larger than their female counterparts and they carry the defining feature of beautiful, long, ringed horns.

These horns curve backward and then forward and vary in length from 55 cm to 99 cm. The age of the bull determines the length of the horns.

Waterbuck horns will begin to develop at around 8 to 9 months and mark the young buck’s time to separate from the herd. Young males form bachelor groups remain together until they mature and move on to make their own herd. Waterbucks’ diets are rich in protein and other nutrients. This includes coarse grasses that are seldom eaten by other plain animals and long sweet grasses like buffalo grass.

During the dry season, they supplement their diet by browsing on leaves from shrubs and certain trees, such as the Sweet thorn (Vachellia karroo). At times, you will find them shoulder-deep in water, eating roots and other aquatic plants.

They also enjoy browsing on certain fruits, especially the marula fruit during the ripe season. These antelope typically eat in the mornings and late afternoons and chew cud for the remainder of the day.

These herbivorous animals have remarkably high water requirements. They need to drink often, which is one reason why they remain close to permanent water points at all times. You’ll often find them nestled in reed beds near rivers and dams, or on floodplains.

Common waterbuck are social animals. They live in herds or groups of up to 12. Male antelopes are dominant over a certain territory, and their herd consists of females, young bachelors, and calves.

The herds are constantly changing, as individuals can join or leave at any time, provided there aren’t other males looking to dominate the territory.

When a bachelor threatens the territory of a herd leader, the dominant male will posture aggressively and even start a fight if necessary. These fights can be fatal, as the waterbuck uses its long, strong horns in combat.

Typically, a waterbuck will live up to 18 years in the wild. In general, 12-15 years is a good life for a wild waterbuck.  @GodfreytheGuide #Antelope #https://www.instagram.com/p/CQo-ZP4gIwZ/?utm_medium=copy_link

383   1 year ago
GORILLA BERINGEI BERINGEI.

Sending you lovely greetings from the land of mountain

Gorillas and the Pearl of Africa. Following our interaction last week, I come

here again with some facts about mountain Gorillas, which I have learnt throughout.

Truly I first encountered them, when I was 5 years old,

since then my experience and love for them has been interesting

. Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous

great apes that inhabit the tropical forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa. The

Gorilla genus is divided into two species the eastern gorillas and the western

gorillas, and either four or five subspecies. They are the largest remaining

primates (Apes) on earth.

As our main focus is on Mountain gorillas, mountain gorillas

only live in the dense vegetation of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

National Park and along the dormant volcanic Virunga Mountain range that

stretches across Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, Uganda's Mgahinga Gorilla

National Park, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Amongst

the questions was, what’s

threatening the live of a gorilla and will they be extinct?

One of the main reason’s gorillas are going extinct is

habitat loss, forests where gorillas have lived for many years are being

destroyed for agricultural use, commercial logging and many other activities,

this leaves gorillas in hard conditions as they can hardly live elsewhere

except in their Natural habitats

One

other burning and lovely question was, how strong are mountain Gorillas?

 

Now, I want to make one thing clear. No one really knows how

strong a gorilla is. They haven’t competed in strong man (ape) competitions.

And no one has fought a gorilla against a buffalo, hippo or even a bear

(thankfully). This post is a combination of facts and conjecture.

Another

interesting question was, do gorillas talk?

Just like in humans, gorilla communication can occur through

a variety of methods body postures, facial expressions, vocalizations. Mountain

Gorillas use a variety of behaviors and vocalizations to communicate dominance

Another

one was, what do

Gorillas eat?  

Mountain Gorillas stick to a mainly vegetarian diet, feeding

on stems, bamboo shoots and fruits. Western lowland gorillas, however, also

have an appetite for termites and ants, and break open termite nests to eat the

larvae.

And the

main deal of this article was, where do mountain gorillas sleep?

Mountain Gorillas build nests in which to sleep, both on the

ground and in trees, made of leaves and branches. Counting abandoned nests is

an effective way for scientists to estimate population size. As you will see

the photos bellow.

And of

course, like many conservationists. Another question was who scares the gentle

giants?

mountain gorillas like other primates and humans are scared

of water and some insects like caterpillars and reptiles like Chameleon.

Gorillas like other apes including humans find it hard to swim naturally which

prompts them to desist from expanse water masses (big water bodies) like Lakes

and Rivers.  And part from humans,

gorillas don't really have enemies. The only predator to prey on gorillas is

the leopard. Walter Baumgärtel found the remains of several gorillas after they

had been killed by leopards in the Virunga Volcanoes.

Amongst

other questions was, how can one help to save these gentle Giants?

One of the most effective ways to help mountain gorillas

survive, is to donate money to organizations working on the ground to conserve

the species. Numerous organizations including Over and Above Bwindi (OAB) under

Interior safaris East Africa have

spent decades finding effective methods for protecting mountain gorillas, and

most rely on grants and donations to fund our work through these activities, you

would have surely saved a gorilla.

Trekking or tracking the gorillas.

Creating awareness.

Avoid trekking gorillas when you're ill.

Making direct Donations.

Support the local communities.

Follow rules and regulations.

Engage in other activities.

For more information please contact us through the link below .

http://interiorsafarisea.com/contact/

 

278   1 year ago