nubbsgalore:

the bullet ridden bodies of a silver back alpha male and three females were discovered and removed from the virunga national park in the eastern congo by rangers working with wildlife direct. one female was pregnant, and the other two had babies who, unable to be located, most likely died from stress and dehydration.

the murders are the suspected result of clashes between conservationists and the illegal charcoal industry who rely on the park’s hardwood to make and sell coal fuel. over 100 park rangers have been killed protecting the gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species (there are only 700 left).

andre, an iccn ranger pictured above, is a self described gorilla mother, caring for four gorillas orphaned (one of whom lost a hand) after their families were killed under similar circumstances. despite having a family of his own, andre lives with the gorillas 24/7, describing them as his own children; his own kids refer to the gorillas as their brothers and sisters.

emuwren:

The Pale-headed Rosella – Platycercus adscitus, is a broard-tailed parrot of the genus Platycercus native to north-eastern Australia. Found in open woodland, it feeds on seeds and fruit. As with other rosellas, the Pale-headed Rosella nests in hollows of large trees.

Photos by Gerard Satherley and Matt Dunn.

nubbsgalore:

swimming with whale sharks, the planet’s largest living non mammalian vertebrate. now listed as a vulnerable species, populations of these gentle giants have fallen due to harpoon fisheries in southeast asia, where a single one of their fins can sell for over 15,000 dollars. 

photos by (click pic) shawn heinrichs and steve de neef in oslob, cebu, philippines; peter verhhoog in ningaloo reef, 800 miles off the coast of western australia; paul cowell and mark erdmann in west papua, indonesia; and thomas peschak in the gulf of tadjoura, djibouti and the maldives.