I know the feeling MisterQ.
I took a class run by the 'Social Ecology' lecturers...my uni was based out near the mountains so it was very environmental...and one time they got us in pairs, walking through a garden, one of us with our eyes closed. When we'd get to the tree they'd say something like 'you're not only touching the tree, the tree is touching you!'. This event amused us for several semesters. [I studied Land Manamement and Conservation, so we were green, just...not airy fairy hippy-like]
Anyway, I have another couple of articles. One on Orangutans, as they're my #1 animal, after my dog. And another little one because omg it's Vegan Day on November 1 (I never knew it existed. Maybe it's new!?)
WA ORANGUTAN TO EMBARK ON 'GREAT ADVENTURE'
By Adam Gartrell, www.news.com
Oct 26 - SHE'S only fourteen years old, but Temara is about to embark alone on a great adventure.
Temara's a Sumatran Orangutan, and after spending her entire life in captivity at Perth Zoo with her mother, Puteri, she will travel next week to her new home in the rainforests of Indonesia.
She will be released into a protected Indonesian national park as part of an international effort to re-establish a population of the critically endangered species.
It will be the first time a zoo-born orangutan has been released into the wild.
A team of veterinarians, keepers and zoo officials have spent the past year meticulously planning and preparing for the transfer. Temara, hand-picked for the role based on her age, sex, health and
temperament, has recently been introduced to Indonesian fruits, live termites and the wide variety of leaves she'll encounter in the wild.
She had also been given access to a high fig tree to hone her climbing and nest-making skills and improve her fitness and muscle tone. Temara will be carefully monitored for at least 12 months to assess how she adjusts.
Perth Zoo has the capacity to breed orangutans for release into the wild on an ongoing basis, depending on how things pan out with Temara.
It is believed there are only 7300 Sumatran Orangutans left in the wild. They are the slowest reproducing species on earth and face extinction in the wild within 15 years.
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WORLD VEGAN DAY - WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER
This year to celebrate World Vegan Day we're hosting a vegan BBQ at Wynyard Park in the city. We will be setting up from 9am and will start to cook delicious Fry's burgers (500 of them) to give away to
Park goers as an alternative to eating dead animal flesh on this great day.
If you can spare an hour or two on the day to help put burgers together and hand them out with a Beyond Vegan booklet that would be fantastic. If you can also help in the chopping of veggies in the morning that would be even better!!
Sounds like a good day out for a free feed! I'm going to try to con a mate into having lunch with me! I want to be a better vegetarian. Right now I have a million double standards
PS. I got my leather boots fixed (heel, sole and toe) so...I dunno...it makes me feel a bit better about my leather boots 'thing'.
Both articles are from the Animal Liberation [AU] Yahoo Group.