balloon and jellyfish, happy and sad, beautiful for 5 minutes, never ever ugly. --just to edit this post..the point here is that we all love balloons, I'm not trying to constantly bang on about everything, BUT let's just think !! Balloons filled with air are fun too and then dispose of them properly. Do we really need to release foil balloons into the sky for the 5 minutes of enjoyment we get whilst they rise skywards ? Compared to the long term destruction they cause ? Just a thought.
The quagga (Equus quagga quagga) museum of natural history, Cape Town, South Africa - is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century. It was long thought to be a distinct species, but genetic studies have shown it to be the southernmost subspecies of plains zebra. It is considered particularly close to Burchell's zebra. Its name was derived from its call, which sounded like "kwa-ha-ha". The quagga is believed to have been around 257 cm (8 ft 5 in) long and 125–135 cm (4 ft 1 in–4 ft 5 in) tall at the shoulder. It was distinguished from other zebras by its limited pattern of primarily brown and white stripes, mainly on the front part of the body. The rear was brown and without stripes, and therefore more horse-like. The distribution of stripes varied considerably between individuals. Little is known about the quagga's behaviour, but it may have gathered into herds of 30–50 individuals. Quaggas were said to be wild and lively, yet were also considered more docile than Burchell's zebra. They were once found in great numbers in the Karoo of Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State in South Africa.
After the Dutch settlement of South Africa began, the quagga was heavily hunted as it competed with domesticated animals for forage. While some individuals were taken to zoos in Europe, breeding programs were unsuccessful. The last wild population lived in the Orange Free State, and the quagga was extinct in the wild by 1878. The last captive specimen died in Amsterdam on 12 August 1883. Only one quagga was ever photographed alive and only 23 skins are preserved today. In 1984, the quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA analysed, and the Quagga Project is trying to recreate the phenotype of hair coat pattern and related characteristics by selectively breeding Burchell's zebras. #hunters#karoo#southafrica#conserving#conservation#quagga#zebra#extinct#fightingextinction#withbutterfliesandwarriors
Cephalocereus senilis (old man cactus) is a species of cactus native to Guanajuato and Hidalgo in eastern Mexico. It is threatened in the wild, but widespread propagation and popularity in cultivation have reduced the demand on wild populations.
The hairs are modified spines and they make the plant appear almost snow-white; they serve to protect the plant from frost and sun. However, the hairs are only the radial spines of the cactus; they conceal formidable sharp yellow central spines that belie the inoffensive appearance of the hairy covering. The old man is not as gentle as he first appears. #cactus#cacti#southafrica#northerncape#ouch
Fin under an African sky--"No domestic animal can be as still as a wild animal. People have lost the aptitude of stillness, and must take lessons in silence from the wild before they are accepted by it.” ― Karen Blixen.
westgate community conservancy northern kenya-photographs by David Chancellor @chancellordavid --
It’s all too easy to overlook the trauma experienced by those who dedicate their lives to protecting wildlife. I’m constantly aware of the dangers that they face whilst working to protect the wildlife with which we share the planet, but that's not all we ask of them. Poaching can NEVER be done right, but let’s face it when it’s done wrong the results can be even more gruesome. Here an anti poaching unit was called to an elephant mortally injured by poachers; but not killed. After consultation with a vet accompanying the team, a member of the unit was called upon to put an end to the elephants suffering, something that they fight tooth and nail to prevent now rested in their hands. It then remains the duty of the team to remove the ivory from the carcass, take it into custody, and therefore from the poachers grasp.
On #worldrangerday I’m looking back at these images and remembering those rangers who on one wet Kenya evening responded to this event and exhibited exceptional bravery, regardless of circumstance. I salute you on this day for your courage. Thank you all @forrangers . To see more of my work and projects, follow me here @chancellordavid and @natgeo#withbutterfliesandwarriors#elephant#rhino#africa#nopoaching#samburu#kenya#rangers#ivory@kinetic_six@hellokiosk
a rock monitor and broken tortoise shell pieces mark the boundary of a game farm, northern cape, South Africa. As the game farm industry in South Africa continues to grow so do the lengths that game farmers will go to in order to protect their valuable assets from predators such as Jackal. Fences are extended at ground level to prevent the passage of predators underneath the fence, and 'hot wires' run along the very bottom of fences. What I'm seeing now as I walk the miles of these fences is ever increasing numbers of reptiles, tortoises, and small buck that would have previously had free passage under the fences now being electrocuted. I'm actually not sure how we strike a balance here, what I fear is these will simply be accepted as justifiable casualties as man continues to commodify one species in favour of another, as fashion dictates. Sadly in the case of the rock monitor its fate may lie also in the hands of the people of the Yumbe district of Uganda who have been injecting themselves with its blood, which they believe to be a cure for those people living with HIV/AIDS. Many are discontinuing ARV therapy to pursue this anecdotal treatment. As a result, V. albigularis is reported to have become an expensive item in the Ugandan black market. #conservation#conserving#southafrica#rockmonitor#tortoise#trade#wildlife#gamefarm#electricfence@natgeo
scotlands finest, now available in the eastern cape, South Africa, for those needing that little taste of home 'iron brew' is here to delight the palate.
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid
unkhwetha, a xhosa initiate into manhood-bakhwetha gather in a tent made of sacks, eastern cape, south africa.
When winter makes its first hint of arrival at the cape, then Xhoas boys prepare themselves to become men. They prepare to become bakhwetha, initiates who undergo a series of trials in the wilderness of the eastern cape; south africa, or in Cape Town on vacant plots of land boarding the N2 highway, trials that culminate in circumcision. Come June and July, with winter at its coldest and wettest, the stories start to appear in the newspapers, the stories that tell of boys who didn’t make it into manhood. We saw the stories last year, and will again this year. However, the option of staying uncircumcised is impractical if you live among Xhosa’s.
In his book Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela who’s birthday it is next week, comments on how a Xhosa man who has not been circumcised is a paradox...'he is still viewed as a boy'.
From work and projects documenting community conservation #withbutterfliesandwarriors
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Extremely sad and annoyed to be told of this spoof account set up in my name; it goes without saying that anything posted on this account is not a reflection of my thoughts and opinions. Whilst it's simply annoying, it also goes deeper than that for me. Working with the communities that I do requires a huge amount of trust on both sides. I believe my work and projects can make a difference to the planet that we all inhabit. I value them hugely, my work is very much my life, it's my life, not someone else's life, and those who allow me into theirs often risk their own by doing so -- thank you @instagram for removing it promptly please -- to follow my work and projects you'll find me here @chancellordavid and @natgeo
another from #withbutterfliesandwarriors of the Moran making themselves even more beautiful -- Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid -- Prior to attending Imuget le nkarna (celebration of 10 years as a warrior) Samburu moran (warriors) wash by the edge of a dam before applying red ochre to their bodies. The Samburu are know as the ‘butterfly people’ by other warrior tribes, because of the bright colours they dress in and their flamboyant body adornments. They live in the northern highlands of Kenya. The Samburu have an ancient connection to elephant, they require elephant dung to marry and consider them sacred. Any Samburu that kills an elephant brings ‘alanna’ a curse upon his family. Across Africa growing populations and deepening poverty have intensified the battle between man and animals for the same land and environmental resources. Increasingly, animals are pushed into smaller pockets of wilderness, their migration routes closed off, and their water supplies damned and irrigated for crops. Illegal poaching and hunting has decimated their numbers. At the same time, rural farmers have learned to mistrust wildlife, killing those animals who have encroached further onto their land. If wildlife conservation is to succeed, it is imperative to find a way for man and animal to coexist in suitable harmony --From work and projects documenting community conservation #withbutterfliesandwarriors --To see more of my work and projects follow me @chancellordavid and here @natgeo#withbutterfliesandwarriors#stoppoaching#nopoaching#kenya#northernkenya#samburu#elephant#rhino@forrangers@kinetic_six@hellokiosk@francescamaffeogallery@artfuldodgersimaging@bwyanoleary#conservation#communityconservation