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The Fellowship of the Sentients



Part 1. It's Personal

I shed a tear
At the sight of this pic
Two in fact
The love of my life beside me 
Shared it too
What was the anatomy 
Of this emotive response?
One tear was for the sentient
Reaching out the hand of help
To a fellow
The fellowship of the sentients
The other eye's tear
The shame I feel for these noble beings
From human ignoble acts

Tear one returns
What a beautiful thing
This selfless act, recognisable to humans
This concern enacted, instinctive
We do this too
We see a fellow in some kind of peril
We don't stand back, come forward
Hands outstretched, lending
Pull them back in, rescue as needed
We do it compelled by connection
Ties of empathy bound into a rope
Pull them out of danger
Retrieve them from harm's way
Indeed, not just for other humans
We don't withhold from animals either
When imperilled 
So many videos attest
Humans as #therescuers 
A good fit

Tear two returns
The cloud descends, enshrouds
Obscures, hides the truth
A bad history of harm
Killing and exploitation
Orangutans in their own home
Still relatively minor skirmishes
Compared to the clear-felling for oil
The oil of the Palm, most effective threat
Evicting them from their home forests
And if they then encroach back, conflict
How many helping hands diminished
Turned instead into hands reaching out
For help, for release from a cage
From a chain around the neck
Imprisoned ‘pet’, even if illegal
From this existential crisis
This is the critical juncture
Instead extend our hands to help
Be a part of #therescuers
Just in time to return the favour

Which is the stronger emotion
Which tear will prevail
Which is the tale
We will tell to our descendants 
Which is the favour
To her descendants
In kind returned acts

This story is in first person 
It’s personal
What can one person do
To ensure, even remotely 
The Fellowship of the Sentients
Is spread far and wide
Promulgated

Part 2. A Gesture to Remember - A Capture to Applaud 

A hand
We understand
Extended in concern
A gesture, a reaching out
A triumph
A spirit, a human-like spirit
Extended beyond our own
A tragedy, in original Greek
Indeed brought on ourselves
Perpetrated on another
For their loss and ours
Ultimately, the pice is paid by all
She watched, concerned
Saw the man in deep water, snake-infested
Though that's what we was there for
To clear these hazards
She couldn’t know
She surveyed him as he surveyed
Then, seeming stuck in the mud
She ambled into action
Sat down on the edge
Compelled, as we initially comprehend
Though some might ascribe different intent
Reached out her hand
Across the species divide
Only in our mind
Her extended hand rejected
The gulf still wild
Syrhul (he) explained, comprehensibly
For reasons of protocol
We will never know, but can surmise
Why Anil (she) stretched out her hand
To someone known, seemingly in trouble
Fate that wanted to be recorded, intervened…

A moment 
Come and gone
A memory for one or two
And one not the same
Would have been lost
But for the photographer's art
Sense of importance and timing
Light needed just right, in position
A capture
An instant
An incident 
Of such import
For all time recorded, digitised
A marvel, a wonder
A tear-jerking image, dichotomatic 
One for celebrating 
One for conscience cleansing
A memory etched
A vision stretched
For all time
A lesson, a reminder
Relegate the past 
Time to be kinder
Launch remedial action
While the two tears flow
A conscience pricked
A consciousness elevated 
A distance erased
A gulf bridged
A mind amazed
A sentience shared
A recognition
A fellowship

Photo by @Anil T. Prabhakar
From his 2020 article: ‘The Guard kept searching for snakes and cleaning the river banks, though he seemed to struggle moving his legs on the muddy floor of the river, as far as I could perceive. He kept trying to pull out his legs and move further, and suddenly the female Orangutan who quietly remained a spectator got up and moved closer and extended one of her hands towards the Guard as if she was lending assistance to get out of the mud. This might have lasted three or four minutes. I was really amazed at this unexpected, sweet gesture from the orangutan. I managed to fix my camera and capture this heartwarming, unique moment and could get four frames of the event. Unfortunately the guard declined her kind gesture and managed to move away…’ (later explained as protocol for interactions with Orangutans)


542   1 year ago
Challenges facing some Desert Lion Prides in Namibia. What needs to be done to save them?

REFLECTING ON THE CBNRM (COMMUNITY BASED

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT) MODEL IN ITS CURRENT FORM- PROTECTED AREAS AND THEIR

POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE THE STATUS QUO.

By Izak Smit, chairperson of DeLHRA

(Desert Lions Human Relations Aid).

21 May 2021

 

This is OP-ED is simply based on the view

of the author based on 32 years of regularly traversing the areas in question

of which the last ten years were spent more intensively focussing on Desert

Lion Human Conflict whilst working with Conservancies and the affected communities.


NAMIBIAN CONSERVATION-BEFORE AND AFTER

INDEPENDENCE 21 MARCH 1990

Before independence, the “Suidwes Afrika

Natuurbewaring” was pretty much run autonomously in a military fashion where

every-one knew their place and a low tolerance for outsiders was maintained.

Discipline was the order of the day and maintenance of infra-structure a high

priority. To the old “Bokkiewagters” (Game Rangers), it was not a job but a

calling and way of living. The top structure ruled with an iron fist and outsiders

were viewed with suspicion and marginalized as the brotherhood stuck together,

much like in the army those years. Appointments were made on the basis of

strict vetting and merit and promotions were hard earned. No one dared to

question or challenge the top “Brass” and the public had “no business

interfering with the work of the Ministry”. NGO’s were unheard of and had no

justification as “Natuurbewaring” had it all “under control”.

In 1990 Namibia gained independence from

the South African Government and this culture was inherited by the new

governing body. The management structure was now changed, and the experienced

and knowledgeable pale males had to clear their desks as cadre deployment

became the order of the day. Few remained as mentors were needed for the

transition as empowerment manifested. Those who remained found themselves in

powerful positions as advisors and mentors as the transition process leaned

heavily on their experience and expertise. Those who were replaced who took the

“Golden Handshake” early retirement/retrenchment packages had to seek new

opportunities where their skills would be relevant and valued. This led to many

of them, people like Jan Joubert, starting up Tourism Safari businesses as

tourism started growing in Namibia while some later formed NGOs.

THE ERA OF NGO’s-

GARTH OWEN SMITH-HIS BOOK “AN ARID EDEN”

AND MARGIE JACOBSON’S BOOK “LIFE IS LIKE A KUDU HORN”

As things developed and the new Ministry of

Environment and Tourism settled in and went through its settling/growing pains,

over the years capacity and resources seemed to have become increasingly

challenged and the ministry’s mandate became more and more impossible to

execute without outside/outsourced assistance. Enters the era of the NGO’s.

Some of the ex-Nature Conservation staff availed themselves and, in time, many

NGO’s were formed. The IRDNC, Integrated Rural Development and Nature

Conservation formed by Garth Owen Smith was one of many. These then joined the

umbrella body NACSO, Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations.

Funding and grants from organisations like WWF floated the financial boats of

these NGO’s and MOU’s with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) were

signed and collaborations forged. To this day this structure pretty much rules

the roost.

In the beginning Garth Owen Smith’s

organisation was also faced some stonewalling from the MET as can be seen in

his book “An Arid Eden”. In time, after some lengthy and laborious

persuasion,  the MET endorsed his

proposed CBNRM (Community Based Natural Resource Management) model and the

first Conservancies were registered in the early 1990’s. The NGO’s that were

“in the fold and toeing the line” now had the political clout needed to operate

and relationships with the newly formed Conservancies were forged. Although

there was some collaboration, each NGO operates independently, has its own

mission and vision, agenda and interests. Many livelihoods are dependent on the

funding these NGOs receive and a number of ex Nature Conservation employees

from the old dispensation found a home here and their knowledge and experience

stood to benefit their organisations.

These NGOs now became the advisors and

consultants of many of the Conservancies and functions like Game counts and

others that the Conservancies’ inexperienced managements needed help with were

often outsourced from/guided by said NGOs.

The books written by the late Garth Owen

Smith, “An Arid Eden”, and his partner Margie Jacobsohn, “Life is like a Kudu

Horn”,  gives good perspective of the

history of the IRDNC and how it was established.

While the title of Garth’s book, an Arid

Eden, was appropriate until about 2013/14 it no longer holds true in the face

of the decimation of the wildlife in the conservancies over the last about

seven years. Someone bitterly commented that the title of the book,  “Life is like a Kudu Horn”, is actually more appropriate

now since a Kudu Horn is configured like a screw and the game population in the

conservancies are “pretty screwed” right now.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEFT AND

NGO’s-EX BOKKIEWAGTERS AND LIVELIHOODS-DAISY CHAIN AND INTERDEPENDENCE

As many of the NGOs are dependent on

authorisations and permits of some kind from the MET, toeing the line as

dictated by the MET had become a pre-requisite. With-holding a researcher’s

permit or an NGOs work permits needed to operate can mean the end of the line

for that entity. Unsurprisingly therefor, bonding became essential. This

resulted in an “exclusive club” and you could decide whether you are in or out

by pledging subservience to the rules or not. This, in return, ensured

“protection of your turf” and kept annoying newcomers/outsiders out. The

previous Permanent Secretary mastered the art of directing this orchestra

through bullying tactics and strategies. It worked well! In one instance a

newcomer was accepted after arranging study grants for 2-3 MET employees

through his organisation first, a fair exchange? Mutually beneficial deals

involving funding and revenue streams sweetened the arrangement or “Daisy chain”

and in some instances a researcher would team up with a select few NGOs who have

big Tourism interests, a win-win situation of note, although in contrast with

some clear permit provisos!

 

 

NGO’s AND THEIR AGENDAS AND

INTERESTS-SPONSORSHIPS

This situation therefor leaves us with a

regulating body dependent on a group of supporting NGOs for the purpose of

executing the ministry’s mandate that are being run like businesses and funded

by corporate donors and sponsors in need of maximum exposure and recognition

for “fulfilling social responsibilities”. Some of the NGOs are also supported

by the private sector and more particularly, tourism operators in a mutually

beneficial arrangement which included commercial film making and the rare high

valued privilege to see collared Lions.

Hang on you say, this sounds like mud

slinging and the usual handbag in-fighting amongst conservationists in

competition. No, it is not, it needs mentioning to give perspective on why the

current status quo needs a make-over as the CBNRM model evolved negatively

being driven by self- serving outside influences.

THE OUTDATED CBNRM MANAGEMENT MODEL-NEED

FOR MAKEOVER-SHORTCOMINGS AND MAKE UP- TRIPLICATION OF WILDLIFE-BLURRING OF

LINES-HAVING CAKE AND EATING IT-LEGISLATION AND PROTECTION

When a car starts to smoke, cough, wheeze

and generally starts performing poorly, one is forced to check for the problem.

Is it the gearbox, differential, engine or electrics maybe? If it is all of the

above, you change the whole damn thing.

The CBNRM mode has been going since the

early 1990s which makes it about 26 years old. Things evolve and influences

like climate change changes the variables and essence of such a model over time

and it, inevitably at some stage, needs reviewing. Desertification, both as a

result of overgrazing and climate change has progressed to a point where so-called

traditional farming, nomadic pastoralism and even subsistence farming may no

longer be sustainable or even possible. Traditional farming, in the modern

context has reached proportions in places emulating modern commercial farming

which has no place in an unsuitable, sensitive, arid environment.

Diversification of income is much needed and no traditional, albeit

destructive, livestock farming can hold the environment hostage to its needs

any longer. All of us on this planet are going to have to adapt or, yes, die! A

sixth mass extinction is not just a rumour, the tangible evidence is there for

all to see!

The CBNRM model caters for “sustainable

use”, which includes both consumptive and non- consumptive exploitation of

resources. Currently the lines are blurred and haphazard “zoning” which is

supposed to distinguish between farming, hunting, general, wildlife and tourism

areas, is just a thought which vanishes with the first signs of a drought when

it all becomes available as “emergency grazing” areas. This of course impacts

heavily on the availability of the very scarce nutrition the Wildlife had

become dependent upon as they adapted over centuries to survive in this hostile

environment.

In many instances we have witnessed semi-nomadic

Himba pastoralists and local farmers simply ignoring the Conservancy rules and MEFT

directives by driving large numbers of cattle into ephemeral rivers and areas

“zoned” for Wildlife and Tourism. Even worse, Reed beds would be set alight in

order to induce new growth for the starving cattle with no regard to the

destruction of the environment and ecology. The Huaruseb, Hoanib and Huabrivers

in particular became linear farms in these times to the detriment of and

causing major disturbance to the Wildlife. Since the moratorium on hunting and

utilisation had been announced after it had been discovered that the Game

populations were becoming precariously low, bushmeat poaching increased which

took its toll on the few remaining animals tasked with repopulating the

conservancies in future. Allowance was made for Game to be hunted for purposes

of catering for traditional leadership meetings and in many instances the

animals could not even be found. Some Farmers openly defied the MEFT and Law

enforcement agencies during the drought and the environment paid the price as the

result. The outcome was quite predictable and is now manifesting in starving

predators and ecological systems imploding.

The question that now arises is whether

having your Cake and eating it is possible in this context? The very

environment that attracts Tourism is under siege by Agriculture, the latter

which is clearly failing and not sustainable. In the end it will be either or……

. Either the Environment will have to be protected or it will logically be

overrun and turned into the wasteland it is already fast becoming. The Ministry

of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) is regularly on record stating that

the CBNRM model is so successful and serves as a role model to the rest of the

World. It claims that Wildlife had “triplicated” in numbers and that the

current lack of game in the conservancies had been solely caused by the nasty

drought…. . While it is true that game in Namibia has vastly increased over the

years, this can mostly be attributed to the commercial farm owners on freehold

land diversifying in order to survive financially and to optimize their return

on investment. This had been instrumental in building a big Hunting Industry

which contributes handsomely to the GDP. The difference being that the owners

of the game manage it like a business and carefully manage and invest in their

own stock for long term gains. The conservancies, however, being on state land,

are not managed in the same way at all and no real ownership and accountability

exists in this model. Windows of opportunity for corruption, maladministration

and mismanagement are abundant and exploited. This is sadly reflected in the statistics

regarding the high failure rate on financial audits of conservancies in Namibia

(over 84% failed?) and the current, sorry state of affairs regarding the

depleted natural resources.

All of this could not have been intentional

and a large portion of this failure could be attributed to the fact that the

management committees are simply in most cases not equipped to run these

“Parks”. Office bearers in responsible positions in many instances do not have

the knowledge, experience, acumen and training to execute their portfolios. I

do not fix my own plumbing as I would flood the house and possibly the town,

therefore I outsource a Plumber for that purpose. I also do not perform Heart

surgery as I am not qualified to do so. The same holds true here and it is

expected of these people to perform such tasks up to the same standards as a

highly qualified National Parks management structure would deliver? Oh, hang

on, there are many NGOs advising and assisting said Conservancies…. ? Now

therein lies the problem. Different agendas, interests, missions and visions

and in many cases the exact same lack of knowledge, training, experience etc.

and so forth exists within these NGOs. No, badmouthing them is not the purpose,

merely stating the facts here. A lot of confusion and the evident failure of

the current status quo being reflected in the affairs of the conservancies and

state of the environment bears witness to this. Also, after 26 years, if

properly empowered, surely the conservancies would have been able to function

effectively and independently by now?

 Let

us face the brutal truth, without insulting any party, the CBNRM model needs a

make-over of note and the drawing board beckons while time runs out!

In our humble opinion, the example of

Africa Parks, set in Africa over the past years as a turnaround specialist is

very relevant. In order to optimize Wildlife and Tourism areas these have to be

identified and clear boundaries defined to begin with. It should then be

gazetted as such, whether as concession area or proclaimed protected area,

either way it must emerge with a status properly protected by legislation and

through law enforcement. Farming, general and hunting areas (the latter clearly

not bordering the protected areas) should be clearly zoned with clear

distinction from the protected areas. This would have the advantage that vast

areas with huge potential like the breath-taking area between the Ugabriver and

the Southern Veterinary fence boundary along the Bergsig/Springbokwasser gate

road including the whole Huab valley can then enjoy the same protection as the

Palmwag concession area and even be integrated with the latter. This will mean

that instead of being a free for all area exploited and damaged by all

currently, it can be developed by concession holders and investors and run like

a park by custodians charged with managing Human Wildlife Conflict, security

and anti-poaching and maintenance while optimizing revenue, creating job

opportunities, skills-development and welfare for the Conservancy communities.

The aim should be proper mentorship and development with clear goal posts

ultimately enabling absolute empowerment over a period. Palmwag concession has

proven its success with Gondwana lodge and the Hoanibriver Wilderness Lodge

contributing substantially to the conservancy coffers. The wheel in this

instance, does not need to be re-invented but merely copied and pasted by

including more protected areas.

Land use guidance and assistance to

subsistence farmers enabling diversification to ensure food security while

downscaling livestock farming to provide sustenance instead of being managed as

a “traditional currency” will be of paramount importance. Considering what the

Israelis harvest from their equally arid Desert there is no shortage of options

that should be investigated and developed. Education and training will be key. Continuing

on the same destructive path currently followed in the name of “traditional

livestock farming” will be short lived considering the progressive

desertification and change and is not negotiable really.

THE DROUGHT AND POOR MANAGEMENT-RESULTS

IN PROTECTED AREAS VERSUS CONSERVANCIES

Good rains on and off had been experienced

between 2007 and 2012 and it was a “time of abundance” during which the

predators, a good barometer of the health of an ecosystem, and their prey

species had multiplied to a point considered as being well balanced. Game

counts, for such an arid environment with below 150 mm of rain falls per year,

were impressive. This was, however, clearly the end of a “boom cycle” and a dry

cycle was to be expected as per the normal and natural ebb and flow trending of

“seven fat and seven lean years” as a well-known, historical phenomena.

The quotas released for the “sustainable” utilisation

of the game were unprecedented and overly generous but according to those

responsible for the game counts, justifiable. People like the well- known

environmentalist Christiaan Bakkes  and

myself frowned upon this and we made our disgust  publicly known at the time. We encountered Zebras

that were clearly wounded and left to die in the “Red line” veterinarian fence near

Palmwag during one cull of 70 Hartmann Mountain Zebra and Christiaan Bakkes’

article in the Namibian newspaper, titled “End of the Game” described the waste

and massacre on the Giribes Plains amongst other similar cases of

indiscriminate plundering (as per his book “Plunderwoestyn”). This earned him an

end to his long career in the Tourism industry in Namibia due to the

traditional leaders and Chiefs’ wrath incurred.

Not very long after this, filling hunting

quotas started to become problematic as the number of animals available simply

did not match the numbers on the permits anymore. Hunters started to abandon

concessions due to non-viability and the question arose, “where are the

animals?”. A Moratorium on Shoot and Sell and own use was hurriedly imposed as

late as 2017 and after confronting those NGOs responsible for the game counts, we

were “confidentially” told that the scientific formula used for the estimation

of the game numbers had been found to have been flawed and hence optimistically

biased.

With no means of putting the Toothpaste

back into the tube, the damage had been done and we witnessed the resultant

sharp escalation of Human Lion Conflict in these areas from 2014/15 onwards. As

a consequence, this had a big impact on Lion mortalities through poisoning and

shooting by retaliating farmers. In one single incident a Lioness pregnant with

four fully developed and ready to be born, cubs was shot and killed.

When comparing the variance in Predator/Prey

ratios in protected areas, i.e. Palmwag concession, Etosha Park etc. versus the

same in the conservancies, the contrast is shocking. The conclusion can only be

that management, or the lack of it, should be held responsible since the

protected areas had gone through the exact same ordeal caused by the drought.

It has become apparent that, when “sustainable utilisation” quotas were

calculated no, or inadequate provision had been made for Predator requirements,

loss of game to poaching and disease/natural causes and that no contingency/allowance

had been made for core herds needed to repopulate the areas once the wet/boom

cycle begins. The results were clearly starving predators and Human Lion

Conflict escalating to an all-time high. Whenever Humans upset the equilibrium

in nature, Newton’s Law comes into play…..

THE TURNAROUND AND SOLUTION-MANAGEMENT,

BENEFITS-AFRICAN PARKS-REVERSING HABITAT SHRINKAGE-% OF LAND UNDER

“CONSERVATION”-SUCCESS CLAIMS  BY MEFT

While it is good and well for the MEFT (Ministry

of Environment, Forestry and Tourism) to boast that about 43% of land in

Namibia is under conservation, the question arises as to how the land outside

of protected areas in this category is being managed and why the disastrous results

and outcome. Having huge areas under conservation devoid of Wildlife due to

poor or inadequate, inefficient management may look good statistically but in

real terms defeats the object. It is common knowledge that the habitat of Lions

in Africa has shrunk by about 80% over that last decades and the same holds

true for the Kunene region, formerly known as Damara and Kaokoland. Where Lions

used to roam from the Ugabriver in the South right up to the Marienfluss in the

North, barring few Lions, most now only occur in the protected Palmwag

concession area. Recently the whole Huabriver Lion population had to be

translocated to a sanctuary due to starvation and more will follow. It would

make more sense to identify areas in Conservancies ideal for Wildlife and

Tourism and convert those to “Park-like concessions” with the appropriate

legislative and statutory protection surely?

A Perfect example of such successful

turnaround endeavours is that of African Parks. So far, they have taken over

management of about nineteen Parks in Africa in countries where conservation

had failed in totality. Their successes in Liuwa Plains and other parks speak

for itself. Not only do they manage the parks but the positive effects of their

Human Wildlife Conflict management, anti-poaching, skills development, job

creation, community welfare and upliftment etc. has made a huge, positive

impact on the lives of those living in close proximity to the parks as well as

conservation. By employing experts and applying sound principles, management

plans and strategies their story is one of success. It simply cannot be

expected that the same results could be obtained by incapable, inexperienced

locals advised by a a mix of, own interest driven NGOs on a hit and miss basis.

The shockingly low game counts leading to the current disastrous ecological

imbalances in the conservancies bears witness to this. The rather desperate,

urgent last-minute efforts by the MEFT to outsource the services of a consultant/advisor

unfortunately casts doubt on their grip on the situation and gives the

impression that they may be at the end of their tether…

CONCLUSION-

The reality is that it is very late in the

day and if Namibia is serious about continuing on the path towards successful

conservation of its natural heritage, no amount of political correctness will

realise this.

We need to accept that things are wrong,

learn from past mistakes and take some concrete action, even if unpopular in

some circles. One cannot simply put a Band aid on a bullet wound. The solutions

are there and need to be expeditiously implemented. For this, Political Will is

required first and foremost. Own interests/livelihoods, egos and needs will

have to take a back seat. Much like the climate change phenomena where some

drastic changes are needed to bring down CO2 emissions which involve sacrifices

and a paradigm shift, conservation has also arrived at a clear crossroad.

In hindsight, the words of Chris Bakkes may

have proven to be prophetic, this could indeed be the “End of the Game” unless

acted upon with urgency….. .

 It

would be sad to see the CBNRM model,  Garth-Owen Smith’s lifelong dream, disappear

in the Desert dust…. 

1618   1 year ago
Five Shooter



Five
Like fingers 
Each one different 
Distinct in purpose 
To hold, close your hand
Which one would you choose to lose
One less important than the other?
Big Five
Like fingers
All different, come together
Hold on for dear life
Which one would we choose to lose
One less important than the other?
Old Five
Like fingers
Hold a gun, one for a trigger
Squeeze off a round
One comes down
Which one did they choose to waste
One more prized than the other?
New Five
New hand dealt
Fingers come together
To hold a camera
One finger for a different trigger
To shoot yes, only to capture
No need to choose, shoot them all
Five shooter
All prized equally
Shoot as many times as you like
No harm will be done to any one
Finally a hand, a steady hand
Five fingers to capture the big five
Without making them captive
Only their powerful images
Capturing the brilliant truth 
The sentience of their existence
Their majesty in the wild
Their right to live and roam
In their home
Untouched plains and jungles
Mountains and ice flows
That’s the prize, the trophy shot
The New Big Five
Alive

Five Fingers - full hand
Point them out
One by one...follow the series

Lion - Index: Big cat royalty, Leo points the way...

Elephant - Middle: Tallest Pachyderm, largest animal who walks, centre hold...

Tiger - Third: Largest Panthera, star with stripes, lock-in ...

Polar Bear - Little: (Not that little!) Ursus of the sea, mighty white clamp...

Gorilla - Thumb: Misty mountain Primate, opposable grasp

Lion will lead the way...next

Feature photo from www.newbig5.com
Visit the site for some wonderful photos and thoughts.

A. E. Lovell
ae4e.me/blog





416   1 year ago
The Tribe Endangered No. 5 The Life of Brian

Not that Brian
The one who lived next door
And was mistaken for, the Messiah 
Our Brian is a Pongo
Similar to humans in many ways
Who had the misfortune
Of living next to human food production 
He was orphaned, forsaken
Lets switch to his story
‘The Brian of Life’
Little Man of the too little forest
Clinging to his kind's name
Swinging as he is wont to do
Tarzan-like from tree to tree
Living in the treetops, born free
But as with all these stories
Sagas of the Tribe Endangered
Something has gone wrong
Or he wouldn’t be invited 
To join this exclusive Tribe
Instinctively non-extinctive
But heading and helped along that way
By his catastrophe creating cousin
The Man Who Felled The Earth
Not just one, the species
The hungry collective
Insatiable appetites for sweet oily ‘food’
The treat in the palm of their hand
Oiled by the Palm grown on the land
Brian’s only home - homeland 
Brian’s trees must be cleared away
For neat and orderly rows of production
Nothing can be grown in the chaos
Of the jungle, just oversized weeds
Choking the productive fields and hills
In the big scheme of human snacking
In one fell swoop Brian fell afoul
His home was felled with one hand
Taking his mother with it, down
But another hand, the helping kind
Lifted him out to safety and sanctuary
His life was saved but complicated
What’s a guy got to do
To catch a break!
It started well, a kind female adopted him
And in the love and company of his kind
He grew, and so did the Manhood of his Forest
In no time he would be searching for a mate
Kind Rosa raised him for some two years
From three to five years old
Showed him the jungle ropes
So to speak
But after she became a mother
Left to roam, leaving Brian alone
So he struck out on his own
And struck out when confronted 
By the dominant male of the territory 
Stood his tree bravely, didn’t back down
Narrowly avoiding being banged up by Bangkal
But his carers thought it prudent
To take their Orang student of forest life
To a different patch of forest
Strike two!
This time Brian maybe didn’t follow jungle lore
Might have stood up like before
But took a savage beating 
You don’t call the local big guy Yokel
It’s Yoko, appellation ’Sir’
Battered, injured and bleeding
He was brought back in needing
Time out for treatment and healing
And processing his harsh lessons
Don’t venture into a dominant male’s range
Too cocky and haughty
Don’t fracas with him
Don’t even look sideways at his mates
Don’t talk back, but fallback
Find your own range
And therein lies his dilemma 
Still critically endangered
Young Man of the Trees
As the trees are chainsawed down
Range options diminishing
Homeland dwindling 
Life can be so harsh
For Brian of Life

Thanks to the kind hands
And watchful eyes
Of the Orangutan Foundation
His still has a sanctuary
A small patch to patrol
To live the life of Brian
Help the helping hands
To hold him dear
And keep him here

A. E. Lovell 

ae4e.me/blog

403   1 year ago
Limited Time - Watch Award-winning film Blood Lions

Available for 24 hours! 


All those who are interested in the
interview, can have a free screening of the Movie “Blood Lions”, to get a
background of the events that led up to this new proposed legislation. The link
to the movie will expire in 5 days. It can be seen at:
https://vimeo.com/134817192  Password: BLF0308

Sign up at Mojostreaming to learn about future events! 

mojostreaming.com







147   1 year ago
Join us TODAY June 23, 2021 for a special online free event.

TODAY at 1

pm EST (5 PM GMT), our in house

host, Cathleen Trigg-Jones, (www.iwomantv.com)

will do a live interview with Dr. Louise de Waal of Blood Lions, an organization that exposed the incredibly cruel practice of canned lion hunting

with their award-winning film of the same name. The focus of the interview will

be the proposed new legislation in South Africa to govern all Wildlife farming,

especially Lion farming. The interview will be followed by a Q&A. The link

to the meeting is

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84122462668?pwd=cjBCZ2tTU1NBbTcvQVdmYmo3Vytmdz09

 

https://www.mojostreaming.com/video/577/blood-lions-official-trailer-award-winning-feature-documentary

 

Please

contact Cami at cami@mojostreaming.com

if you are interested in being featured or interviewed by Mojostreaming

 

www.mojostreaming.com

 

656   1 year ago
Chake Conservancy Masai Mara - Mr Charles Kinara

Chake Conservancy Masai Mara is proud to announce our Founder has been awarded his Honorary Warden status by the Cabinet Secretary of The Ministry of Environment Kenya. For the Greater Rift Valley...
This has come after many years of hard work and of course like everything is without remuneration. It is a long process to get awarded this and we are extremely Proud of you Our Founder and Father of Chake!
For those of you new to Conservancy Laws this is just shortened lists of some of the responsibilities which you are now able to be Lawfully Acting on....
For one to be considered for appointment as an Honorary Warden,
Must be resident within the Conservation Area in which they
are applying for Honorary Wardenship;
May have served or be serving in any capacity in a conservation
related organization;
Must be active in conservation initiatives within their area;
Must demonstrate the nature of assistance they shall give in carrying into effect the provisions of the Act.Honorary Wardens shall have countrywide deployment. Without prejudice to the generality of the forgoing, Honorary Wardens shall be appointed to carry out functions within the following areas of specialization –
Community wildlife service
Tourism;
Security
Problem animal management;
Resource mobilization;
Research;
Veterinary services;
Ornithology;
Education;
Piloting
Fundraising for wildlife conservation;
Fire management in protected areas;
Giving advice on policy formulation;
Wildlife translocation;
Wildlife census;
Species and ecosystem monitoring
Wildlife utilization management;
Wildlife veterinary practice;
Attending meetings, conferences, workshops and Report any criminal activity to the local Warden;
In the absence of any member of the Service on the ground,
take immediate action in case of any emergency;
Deliver any trophies recovered to the local Warden
Use a firearm for problem animal management
Notwithstanding the provisions of Clause 31(1) above, an
Honorary Warden may use his firearm for protection of human life and property under Section 30 and 31 of the Act without being
accompanied by members of the Service, where there is immediate
danger........
Asante Sana, Dankie, Thank you to all members for your continued support and donations!
Chake wishes you love, peace and health and happiness and hope to welcome you to Kenya soon!
Donate direct towards Tree planting and Animal and Community Protection and Snare removal
see our website for more about each of us.

https://chakeconservancy.org

298   1 year ago
The Tribe Endangered No. 4. Ganges River Dolphin ‘Susu Stupendo - AKA Sagacity’


Meet Susu Stupendo 
We’ll have what she’s having!
Aquatic joie de vivre
Expressed above water
We came from water too
But only she returned
Turned hoofs back into fins
Fifty millions years ago plunged back in
But did not stop breathing the air
Bound to the surface periodically 
Just to catch her breath
If only we had what she shows
Her audacity of sagacity
To adapt to the river of life
Flowing from the high Himalayas
Perfectly in tune
A type of singing to talk
And a clicking to find food
Hidden in the mud
Crunchy crustaceans and fishy tid bits
Echo locating in the turbid waters
Replacing her redundant eyes
Seeing now with her mind
Sage advice indeed she could give us
How to live in tune with nature
Long before we turned up
Turned down the visibility even more
Turned up the heat, set to soar
Flooded her habitat with people
Washed down the river our waste
Turning the river into something unsaid
Far from sacred
The further from the source
The worse the excess
Not just a cesspool, it’s a river of cess 
(Briefly clearer during the Pandemic)
Even the carrier away of death
So we amplify your audacity
Sapiens voices raised in sagacity
Restore the river fit for this life
If us humans clean up our act
And act as if your home is sacred in deed 
The water will be as it used to flow
Making you what you are today
When you evolved in the Ganges
It provided all that you needed
Though it did cost you your sight
Now your sight is sound
You can’t see
Yet your view of the world is sound
Ours, not so much
We can’t see
What we’re bringing down
Yours, far too much
The hope of the Susu
Is the hope of the river
And the people of hope
Now what you need is for us to share
In the light of respect and care
With these wise sentients 
And their other river cousins elsewhere
Expressing such joyful sentiments
Like you Susu Stupendo
Who still live there
Long may the Ganges echo
With your kind

More at ae4e.me


751   1 year ago
The winner(s) for the 2022 MojoStreaming Wildlife Calendar

Winner $500 (USA) and Cover:  Neel Sureja

A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by  Neel Sureja

A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by  Neel Sureja


A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by Neel Sureja

A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by Trevor LaClair

 A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by Trevor LaClair

A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by:  Trevor LaClair

A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by Giovanni



A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by:  Josephine Tyler 



A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by: Shiva Kumar




A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by: Shiva Kumar



A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by: Shiva Kumar



A finalist that will be featured in the calendar - above photo by:  Tumwesigye Elasmus Godfrey


To see more of their work visit:  mojostreaming.com


Please take the time to explore and learn more about our winners and their talent.


wildlife-film.com   Trevor LaClair


gp-photography.ch    Giovanni Pelloni


josephinetylerphotography.co.uk     Josephine Tyler 


neelsureja.com    Neel Sureja 


thejungledairy.com     Shiva Kumar


interiorsafarisea.com   Tumwesugye Elasmus Godfrey










1059   1 year ago
Coming May 15, 2021 online event "The Endangered Apes"

Mojostreaming an online wildlife

network dedicated to bringing our viewers the latest wildlife stories,

entertainment, and opportunity to experience wildlife in its natural state.

The pandemic has dampened our

tourism and the opportunity for people to travel abroad.  Mojostreaming wants to bring this experience into

your home. 

Tracking the mountain

gorillas through the misty forest (for example) requires patience and stamina

often walking for hours in the mud and wet. Finally meeting them in the

undergrowth is an inspiring moment. Quietly chewing away at their vegetarian

delicacies, they seem like a marooned human family.

 

Image provided by Interior Safaris SE  - Forest Walk Safaris Collection

Interior Safaris East Africa

tours provide experience, convenience, professional local guides giving you the

highest standards of hospitality with Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking along

with other tour activities.  On May 15th

at 2:00 P.M. EST Mojostreaming will air a 40-minute lecture titled “The

Endangered Apes” with Safari Guide &Tour

consultant:

  GODFREY T

ELASMUS, 

Director, Interior safaris East Africa,

Safari Guide &Tour consultant 

www.interiorsafarisea.com

 

He is an expert and guide for

the Gorilla Safari tour with Interior Safari East Africa

The gorilla permits cost USD

600, it is valid for one day and for one person. There is high demand for the

permits because of the high number of people who track the gorillas.  Therefore, obtaining permits well in advance

it recommended but since traveling is not recommended at this time MojoStreaming

will bring a unique online live streaming experience of a 6-hour virtual tour

to track the gorillas right from your home. This will be available exclusively to

Mojostreaming viewers for free on May 22nd at 2:00 Est Time.   We invite you to register for both events by

emailing your interest in attending  to

Cami Ciotta at cami@mojostreaming.com

   You then will receive your free URL

link to attend this unique and educational online event. 

 

Keep in mind we will like for

you to be on time for your lecture “The Endangered Apes” which will begin at

2:00 P.M. on May 15th we suggest you sign on a few minutes BEFORE

2:00.

Even though we suggest

participating in the full 6-hour virtual tour into the safari to track the

gorillas, we understand this may not be possible and you can join the tour at any time during the stream. This will take place beginning at 2:00 P.M. on May 22nd.

Due to our introductory of

our live-streaming channel and introduction of our new services we are offering

both events for free.  Please keep in

mind that we are testing our live-streaming program and we want to thank you in

advance for being part of this test.

We kindly ask that you make

a donation and/or tip to your guide at http://interiorsafarisea.com/donate/

and we ask that you become a loyal viewer of MojoStreaming and visit often to

be involved with our upcoming wildlife events at www.mojostreaming.com

 

780   1 year ago