Without Elephants What Kind of World Would This Be?

As a young sensitive child, when the circus came to town I would always cry and question why elephants were asked to perform or give rides. They always looked so sad with their majestic presence and intelligence dumbed down and sold out for the unnatural circus experience. I also felt for those elephants restricted to …

The Art of Recycling in Visual Arts

It is always great to come across local talent who are also passionate about the environment, and how they not only use art to express their love of the natural world, but also take great consideration in causing no harm to the environment while making their creations. I recently discovered one of these talented people …

Forty-Spotted Pardalotes – Modern Day ‘Canaries in a Manna Mine’

Pardalotus quadragintus, more commonly known as the Forty-spotted Pardalote, is one of Australia’s endangered songbirds found mainly in the forests of Tasmania, notably on both Maria and Bruny Islands. These cute little birds measuring 9-10cm with olive green, grey and yellow variegated plumage, identifiable by some 40 plus tiny white dots on their wings, forage …

Spare a Thought for Orang-utan Mothers this Mother’s Day

The world is nothing without its mothers. They are the nurturers of the world’s inhabitants, who love unconditionally, and often put themselves second to the needs of their offspring. When we read in the news of children who lose their mothers due to ill health, accident, wars, abuse, family breakdown and a host of other …

Let’s Support Our Wetlands – For Disaster Risk Reduction

There is something very calming about being near water. Whether it be walking beside a creek with the dog, spending time camping or having a picnic near one of our rivers or damns, immersing ourselves in a fresh waterhole or the salt of the sea, or fishing from a stream. The recreational rewards of being …