charlie russell spent eleven years in russia’s far east living with and raising grizzly cubs who were orphaned by poachers. the cubs, which were subsequently taken in by a zoo in petropavlovsk, were about to be shot by their keepers now that they had outgrown their small cages.

so charlie built a small cabin in the foothills of the south kamchatka sanctuary, accessible only by the small plane he built and taught himself to fly, where he raised ten cubs with his partner, maureen enns. together, they earned the trust not only of these bears, but others as well, who would even leave their cubs with them to babysit.

charlie’s years of living with the bears was the culmination of a lifetime spent filming and exploring the realities of the grizzlies in the wild, which began with his childhood in alberta’s rocky mountains.

he learned that the bears are not inherently dangerous or unpredictable, but that our fear and distrust of the animal has taught them to fear and distrust us. bears that are given no reason to fear humans are willing to be friendly, he says, but the culture of hunting has made them aggressive.

sadly, one day in 2003, charlie returned to his cabin expecting to find the bears emerging from hibernation only to discover a bear gal bladder hanging on the wall. poachers had killed his cubs and sent him a message to counter the one told by his time in kamchatka.

“for people to feel good about killing these animals that i find so wonderful, you have to insist they are dangerous and want to hurt us,” he says. in the past 100 years, 91 humans have been killed by grizzly bears. in that same span of time, more than 200,000 grizzly bears have been killed by humans.

charlie russell is the focus of a pbs nature episode, 'walking with giants', a bbc ‘natural world’ documentary, 'bear man of kamchatka', and the edge of eden - living with grizzlies

"Pretty much everything [humans have] done to protect [elephants from ivory poachers] has failed. So elephants have decided to take matters into their own hands … or trunks or weirdly rounded three-toed feet or whatever. To make themselves less appealing to their greatest enemies (poachers), elephants all over the world have begun selecting against having tusks at all. For example, it used to be that only 2 to 5 percent of Asian male elephants were born without tusks, and you can believe those few were the belittled Dumbos of the group. By 2005, it was estimated that the tuskless population had risen to between 5 and 10 percent. And it’s not just happening in Asia, either. One African national park estimated their number of elephants born without tusks was as high as 38 percent." #CrackedClassic

7 Animals That Are Evolving Right Before Our Eyes


In 2013 over 20,000 elephants were killed

In May of 2014 Mountain Bull was killed.

Yesterday, Satao The Elephant, a Kenyan icon, was killed by poachers.

Not to even mention the 68 elephants that were massacred in the Congo.

Kenya needs armed guards

Oh, and rhino populations have dropped 90% since 2008.

Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by the folk.
—  Henry Jenkins, speaking to Amy Harmon of the New York Times in “In TV’s Dull Summer Days, Plots Take Wing on the Net" (August 18, 1997)

Dunno how obscure or under appreciated this game actually is, but I like it and it never seems to be high on people’s radar, so Im giving it some love

When I look at games like Pahntasy Star and Billy Hatcher it really makes me wish that Sonic Team was allowed to do more then just Sonic games. I sort of look at games like this as a developers chance to try some thing different and maybe work out some ideas for their more popular IPs instead of just making sequel after sequel.

Gorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers’ Traps—A First

Very confident” four-year-olds outsmart hunters and protect their clan.

"Just days after a poacher’s snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas worked together Tuesday to find and destroy traps in their Rwandan forest home, according to conservationists on the scene."


Indian labourers dig a pit to bury a one-horned rhino that was killed and dehorned by poachers at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Gauhati, India. Forest officials gunned down two poachers after they killed the rhino inside the sanctuary while another escaped with the horn, according to forest officials. The price of rhino horn varies between US$65,000 and $100,000 a kilogram, about 2.5 times more than the value of a kilogram of gold | image by Anupam Nath

These are the rangers that we fund in Russia to protect the last 450 Amur tigers. These men face blizzard like conditions, are often faced with armed poachers and patrol an area the size of Britain. Their dedication and hard work pays off and they have reduced tiger poaching in this area by half. Help us fund this vital work by donating here: http://www.davidshepherd.org/help-us/tiger-time/donate/

What can I say, Rhinos have had it pretty bad for the past three years. this year looks pretty bad too, we only in march and already there have been 135 killed. Really pisses me off i want to go to Africa and hunt down the poachers, I’ll be patient. And for those who need a piece of horn which is the equivalent of nails and hair, well I have to middle fingers with nails, they can come and get it.

This is Part one, will try to put out the other ones as soon as i can draw the rest of the rhinos, and go through all the data to create more graphics….

I wish I could say enjoy, there’s nothing to enjoy here.