Peace Rock

Disclaimer: Spoiler Alert!

DO NOT… I repeat DO NOT read this post if you plan to watch The Jungle Book.

I recently watched the Jungle Book and I loved it! Triggered so many childhood memories especially with the song , ‘Bare Necessities’.

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature’s recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Old Mother Nature DOES bring the bare necessities of life… 😀

So, there was a drought in the jungle. The drought was so bad, a rock that is normally submerged in the river’s waters appeared. This rock is called the Peace Rock. It’s appearance meant that the animals…almost said people…could water at this specific point without hunting each other. So in essence, it was the food chain without arrows…:D. So the wolves (Mowgli’s fam), Buffaloes, Lions, Tiger (Shere Khan), Antelopes, all the animals in the jungle meet here. What struck me is the ability of these animals to have enough sense to have some sort of treaty during drought.

In the world however… 

Well… We do have treaties and have made peace over shared resources such as water. For example we have the Nile Basin Initiative which involves 10+ countries (Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda). But, the waters in the Nile are currently in abundance. What would happen if the water quantity drastically reduced?

Contrary to the animals in this movie who come to an agreement when resources are scarce, we fight when our resources are scarce. We go to war over shared resources, the most common being oil. Why can’t we sit together and say, ‘okay, you have some, then I’ll have some next time’ or ‘Let’s have half/half’.Some sort of equity. I wonder if we’ll ever realise that there’s no value in fighting and killing each other over resources…

Kindred Species

Today on my Twitter feed, I saw this test that Gisele Bündchen, a famous supermodel, had taken on wildfor.life and she was kindred species with a turtle.

So I decided to take the test and found that I was kindred species with the… wait for it… Helmeted Hornbill (HH). Quite frankly, I was abit disappointed. I had hoped to be a ferocious tiger or a sweet elephant or an orangatun… You know… But this was my opportunity to learn and share about the HH.

A few interesting facts include:

Helmeted_Hornbilli. It is found in places like Thailand, Malasyia, Brunei, Indonesia, Sinagapore, Sumatra and Borneo (Dream travel destinations)

ii.This species has a bare, wrinkled throat patch, pale blue to greenish in females and red in males.

iii. The body length is 110–120 cm (43–47 in)- Almost a whole tapemeasure.

iv. It is hunted for the casque which is the  extended bone like structure on it’s head (Like a helmet). The casque accounts for 11% of its weight. (That is heavy) .

v. According to this study, the Punan-Bah (a community) believe that a large HH guards the river between life and death.

 

vi. It is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List . This is because,it’s casque which is ‘highly priced’ and is ‘ heavily targeted by hunters and illegally traded’.

For more on the Helmeted Hornbill, please visit: BirdLife International

So, what is your kindred species? Please take the quiz on Wildfor.life and feel free to share your species in the comment section below. 🙂

 

Crush

Today is another special day. 🙂

Today is World Turtle Day!

According to Live Science, ‘turtles are  aquatic reptiles with hard shells that protect them from predators.They have webbed feet or flippers and a streamlined body. Sea turtles rarely leave the ocean, except to lay eggs in the sand. Freshwater turtles live in ponds and lakes, and they climb out of the water onto logs or rocks to bask in the warm sun’.

 

Most turtles are omnivores and live to more than 1oo years. All turtles lay eggs. They dig nests in the sand and let the eggs hatch on their own. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), lists many turtle species as threatened, endangered or critically endangered.

So I applaud organisations such as Local Ocean Trust who support Watamu Turtle Watch (www.watamuturtles.com) in Kenya. WTW was started in 1997 by the locals to ‘protect nesting sea turtles’.

Crush?

Crush is a Disney charachter. The 150-year-old sea turtle helps Nemo and Dora (wrong charachter) Dory…Nemo and Dory find their way home in the Disney/Pixar 2003 animation film, ‘Finding Nemo’. You can see him with his son Squirt below.

Gimme some fin

‘Gimme some fin’ as we celebrate World Turtle Day …:)