Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Animals, Bears, Biodiversity, Conservation, Film, Mammals, Wildlife The film “Wild Kratts: Spirit Bear” is a finalist for Best Engaging Youth Film at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. The festival is considered to be the “Oscars of nature filmmaking” and received over 1,000 entries for 25 awards.Wild Kratts is a mixed live and animation youth conservation education cartoon series.The “Wild Kratts: Spirit Bear” episode highlights a special subspecies of the North American black bear that has white fur. An episode of the popular cartoon Wild Kratts has been named a 2017 finalist in the biannual Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival competition. Drawn from a pool of over 1,000 entries competing for only 25 awards, finalists include a diverse range of entries. “Wild Kratts: Spirit Bear” was nominated for finalist for Best Engaging Youth Film.The mixed live video and animation film tells the story of the importance of bears and presents a popular scientific hypothesis about the origin of the white fur of the so-called spirit bear, or the Kermode bear. The spirit bear is a rare subspecies of the American black bear. The bear can be found in the central and north coastal regions of British Columbia in Canada.Mongaby interviewed Chris Kratt, who makes Wild Kratts with his brother Martin, by email.Mongabay: What led you and your brother to create Wild Kratts?Chris Kratt: Martin and I have been making wildlife programs for decades. Our previous work, like Wild Kratts, Zoboomafoo, and Be The Creature were all wholly live action, filmed in various locations around the world. When creating the Wild Kratts series, we thought what if we could make a series that utilizes both live action and animation, and combines them in a way that maximizes story elements and natural history content for the kid’s audience.The result is the Wild Kratts series, which looks at animals in terms of their amazing “creature powers.” The animated portion allows us to showcase wildlife behaviors that are difficult, or sometimes even impossible to film, plus allows freedom for dramatic storytelling complete with “creature power suits” and “miniaturizers” and more.The live action portions allow us to showcase the animals, habitats, and behaviors in a real life context, sometimes also including the cutting edge work of scientists and other wildlife experts. The resulting mix has been a popular and powerful way to support kids’ excitement about animals with whom we share this planet.Chris Kratt (l) and his brother Martin Kratt with a lanner falcon. Courtesy Kratt Brothers Company Ltd.Mongabay: Kids love watching Wild Kratts and parents love the educational aspect. What role do you think education plays in conservation?Chris Kratt: Of course, education is the critical first step to conservation. If you want to protect animals, you need to understand their lifestyles, their challenges, and their needs.We’re proud to play a role in providing so many kids with that critical solid foundation in both natural history and STEM science. And equally important is for people to have a genuine, visceral excitement for animals and nature. Everybody wants to preserve things that they love and enjoy having around.We hope that our programs get people excited about the world we live in, so that taking care of it remains a priority as they grow up to become decision-makers and stewards of the future.Mongabay: What do you hope audiences take away from your show and this episode in particular?Chris Kratt: In each episode of Wild Kratts, we layer an age-appropriate science concept in amongst the natural history information. For example, we address the concept of gravity when talking about peregrine falcons and their ability to reach great speeds with their “stoop.” We teach about batteries and electrical circuits in an episode about electric eels.In this episode [nominated for an award], we tackled concepts of light brightness and contrast, by pointing out a leading hypothesis for the white fur of the Spirit Bear. The challenge, and the gratification, comes from trying to find the best, most entertaining way to convey these science concepts to our audience in an understandable way.Mongabay: What makes this particular episode special?Chris Kratt: We think the designers, animators, and the entire production team did a particularly good job executing this in this episode and we hope kids come away understanding the world a little bit more after watching this episode.“Wild Kratts: Spirit Bear” also marks the debut of a new comic villain for the series. It’s always fun to work on new characters as you develop their personality traits and quirks – and, as with every character in the series, we hope this character helps the audience understand our fellow creatures.Mongabay: What’s next?Chris Kratt: For the future, more Wild Kratts epsiodes are on the way! We are in production on 20 new episodes for Season 5, featuring lot of animals requested by fans, including King Cobras, Tigers, and Penguins. 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