Spotted zebra photos

The unusual zebra, photo courtesy of Paul Goldstein

From Wildlife Extra:

What animal has black and white spots?

January 2013. When award winning photographer Paul Goldstein first saw this animal on Kenya‘s Masai Mara Reserve, he didn’t have his camera with him, and no one quite believed him about the zebra with spots. Paul runs a camp on the Masai Mara, so has plenty of opportunity to keep an eye out for unusual sightings.

Two years later, Paul saw the animal again, and this time he had his camera with him. Now all zebras have a different pattern (Who has checked that? How do they know?), but this one is more different than most.

It appears his unusual coat does a great deal more than set him aside for photographers, he doesn’t seem to mix with other zebras either. Zebras almost always travel as part of a herd, but this poor chap always seems to be alone.

Paul runs photographic safaris based at Kicheche Mara, and will be presenting at Destinations Travel Show in London on February 1st – 3rd.

This zebra didn't quite earn his stripes. Photo Paul Goldstein

Comment on this, at Wildlife Extra:

Probably a dark specimen of the maneless zebra

Interesting animal. I suggest, it is a dark specimen of the so-called maneless zebra (Equus quagga borensis), which usually occurs further north in Kenya and Uganda up to Sudan in the North. Gambela National Park holds a population for example. These zebras have usually more pronounced black parts, especially on the legs although this one is extremely dark even compared to other maneless zebras. In addition, these zebras also lack manes as that one depicted here. Perhaps it migrated from the north into Masai Mara, which is usually home to the Grant´s zebra (E. q. granti).

Posted by: Westlöwe | 31 Jan 2013 16:37:03


Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thanks Verde Despertar!


After all the bloggers who were so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for awards, now another award.

Thank you so very much, VERDE DESPERTAR,  for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award!

VERDE DESPERTAR‘s beautiful blog, in Spanish, is about vegetarianism, music and other subjects.

The rules are to thank and link back to the blogger who has nominated you, then post the award logo to your blog, write a post on the nomination and nominate 15 other very inspiring bloggers. Notify them; and tell 7 things about yourself.

Seven things about myself:

1.  When I am blogging, I have often a tab open about Comments on my blog. If I refresh it, then I can see whether there are Pending comments which I should approve (or not). And whether there is comment spam

2. The WordPress anti spam software usually works well for my blog. It says it has stopped so far 71,140 messages from porn merchants, viagra merchants, etc. from appearing as comments on my blog. 99.64% accuracy rate.

3. Nevertheless, it says

  • 36 missed spam
  • 332 false positives (real bona fide comments, misidentified as spam). So, I have to be vigilant 🙂

4. Today, I saw the first snowdrop flowers this year.

5. Most popular topics I’ve written about recently, according to WordPress today:

Topic Views
Environment 926
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Economic, social, trade union, etc. 678
Crime 625
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UK 456
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If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

6. The post popular search terms, causing people to find my blog, are so far in 2013:

2013-01-01 to Today

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7. Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2013-01-31 (Summarized)

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Here come my fifteen nominees:

1. CIGUDEG pleis bilong tu mi

2. artisticmilestone

3. Mental Notes

4. The eternal solitude of the restless Mind

5. The Enchanted Solitaire ~ formerly Raven’s Witch

6. Poetic Parfait

7. Shannon A Thompson

8. Cambria’s Corner

9. Violet Gallery

10. Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

11. Russel Ray Photos


13. Denisa Aricescu Poezii

14. Legalizacija HR

15. Șic și clasic – “Chic & Classic” luxury fine arts, handmade work, original design

Saving wild camels in China, Mongolia

This video is called Wild Bactrian Camels.

From Wildlife Extra:

15 years dedicated to saving Critically Endangered wild Bactrian camels

The Wild Camel Protection Foundation

January 2013. Fifteen years ago, John Hare and Kathryn Rae decided it was time to take a major step and establish the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF) as a UK registered charity. Until 1997 funding for their work in China and Mongolia had been erratic. In order to try and guarantee secure funding for the last herds of the IUCN listed critically endangered wild Bactrian camels in China and Mongolia, the establishment of a charitable environmental Foundation seemed a sensible option.

Fifteen years later, thanks to a loyal membership many of whom having been with the Foundation since its establishment, finance has been raised to accomplish an incredible amount of work. Several supporters donated what they could on an annual basis, funded a Nature Reserve entry station, or ran in fund-raising events, while others generously sponsored a young camel at the Wild Camel Conservation, Breeding and Research Centre in Mongolia. Through these individual efforts, and funding from institutions, trusts and companies, the following has been achieved:

The establishment in 2002 of one of the largest nature reserves in the world, the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Reserve in Xinjiang Province, China. This was set up in spite of what appeared to be insurmountable odds, working with Chinese scientists turning the heart of the former Chinese nuclear test area of Lop Nur into a National Nature Reserve, protecting not only the wild camel but many other Red Book listed endangered fauna and flora.
The organisation and hosting of a meeting in 2001 in Beijing between the Chinese and Mongolian vice-Ministers of the Environment and Nature which resulted in a joint Letter of Intent signed by both governments to pledge mutual cooperation for the protection of the wild Bactrian camel.
The upgrading in 2003 of the Chinese reserve from a Provincial Reserve to a National Reserve with the same status as the Giant Panda Reserve. This ensured that future funding was secure, as it would come from the National government.
A training course held in Kenya in 2004 with sponsorship from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), for Chinese and Mongolian scientists to establish joint working procedures for the protection of the wild Bactrian camel in both countries.
The establishment in 2004 of the Hunter Hall Wild Camel Breeding Centre, the first and only breeding centre in the world for wild camels, at Zakhyn Us, in Mongolia with the consent of the Mongolian government. Twelve captive wild camels were taken into a fenced area in the Buffer Zone of the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area ‘A’, the only ecosystem in Mongolia where the wild camels still exist in the wild.
A five-year agreement with the ZSL to advise the WCPF on the management of the Mongolian captive wild Bactrian camel breeding programme and all related scientific issues.
Joint funding with the ZSL of a Chinese and Mongolian ZSL EDGE scientist to study the wild Bactrian camel and its habitat food and water resources in both countries.
On-going genetic testing of wild Bactrian camel samples from China and Mongolia at the Veterinary University of Vienna and in China. The results show a consistent variation from the DNA of the domestic Bactrian camel. This has culminated in 2010 with the announcement that the wild Bactrian camel is a new and separate species henceforth to be known simply as the wild camel.
An environmental educational awareness-raising campaign which has raised awareness of the plight of the wild Bactrian camel around the world.
An excellent on-going working relationship with the Chinese Environmental Protection Bureau and the Director of the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature Reserve. WCPF has an agreement with the Reserve to act as their international consultant on all matters relating to the wild camel and its unique desert habitat. In Mongolia WCPF works directly with the Ministry of Nature and the Environment and Tourism and the Director of the Great Gobi Special Protected Area “A”.
The establishment of a series of school nature clubs in Mongolia to raise environmental awareness among school children and employment for people local to the breeding centre making knitted products from wild Bactrian camel wool.

Pressure on wild camels

For the wild camel its habitat is equally fragile and endangered. Increasing pressure by man on this desert habitat, through malign influences such as illegal mining, means the future for large mammals in both countries is precarious. WCPF is committed to funding the Hunter Hall Wild Camel Breeding Centre, further scientific and field research, and participating in the long-term management plan for the conservation and protection of the wild camel a Red Book listed species in both countries. The wild camel is an ‘umbrella’ or ‘keystone’ species. By protecting the wild camel and it fragile desert habitat many other endangered flora and fauna are protected. We are looking forward to the next ten years and the work still required encouraged by the support and recognition WCPF has received internationally from both scientists and conservationists for our efforts to protect the wild camel in its native habitat.

The proclamation of a new and separate species of camel makes the work of the WCPF even more valuable and important. WCPF is the only organization in the world with the sole aim of protecting the critically endangered wild camel from extinction.

Somali police rape woman, then jail her

Part of the propaganda of NATO country governments to sell their “humanitarian” wars to their subjects is to claim that the bloody wars are “for women’s rights”.

Supposedly George W. Bush invaded Iraq, with over a million dead people, millions of wounded people and four million refugees as results, “for Iraqi women’s rights”. In fact, the situation for women in Iraq now is very much worse than before the 2003 invasion.

Supposedly, first George W. Bush, later other NATO governments, invaded Afghanistan “for Afghan women’s rights”. In fact, the new pro NATO regime in Kabul proved to be as misogynistic as their Taliban predecessors, in some cases even worse. Contrary to ads paid by Dutch taxpayers telling Dutch TV viewers to join the air force “to help Afghan girls go to school”, in fact not one Afghan girl more went to school as a result of the bombing by Dutch airplanes. Never mind the Afghan girls killed or wounded by NATO bombs.

In Libya in 2011, ultra religious militias with al Qaeda links were the ground troops of the ‘free world’. After they won that bloody war with the help of NATO bombs and British SAS and Qatari soldiers, they killed the United States ambassador and made the women’s rights situation much worse.

Somalia is another country where NATO governments invaded and waged war. Sometimes the NATO armed forces themselves; sometimes using Ethiopian, Ugandan or Kenyan soldiers as proxy cannon fodder.

This video is called Somali women raped by Ethiopian troops.

In Somalia, the invaders tried to prop a regime in parts of the capital Mogadishu, consisting of brutal warlords who during the 1990s had dragged the dead bodies of US American soldiers through the streets.

How does this pro Pentagon pro NATO government act in women’s rights issues?

From the BBC:

30 January 2013 Last updated at 13:30 GMT

Somalia: Anger over woman charged after alleging rape

A human rights group has urged Somali authorities to drop charges against a woman who accused security forces of raping her.

The woman, who has not been named, could face between three and six years in prison for insulting a government body and making a false accusation.

Four others, including her husband and a journalist, have also been charged.

US-based Human Rights Watch said the charges “made a mockery of the new Somali government’s priorities”.

‘Politically motivated’

Attorney General Abdulkadir Mohamed Muse brought charges against the five of insulting a government body and persuading someone to give false evidence or giving false evidence, among other accusations, in a court in the capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday.

The charged journalist, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, has been in detention since 10 January.

Two days earlier he had interviewed the woman about the rape allegations, but did not report the story.

The police allege he collected material for a news report by al-Jazeera about rape in camps for displaced people in Mogadishu. The Qatar-based news network has said Mr Ibrahim was not involved in its story.

According to Human Rights Watch, the woman retracted her allegations after two days of police interrogation without a lawyer present.

Afterwards she was released, but her husband was arrested in her place. A man and woman who helped introduce her to the journalist were also arrested.

Mr Muse told the BBC Somali service on Saturday that the accused had plotted to discredit the government and its security forces – and the woman and her accomplices had been paid by the journalist to lie.

An investigation had revealed that the police station where the woman had originally reported the alleged rape in Hodan, a district in Mogadishu where many displaced people live, had found no medical evidence to back up her rape allegation, he said.

The BBC’s Mohamed Mwalimu in Mogadishu says the woman, who is caring for a child, has to report to the police twice a day. The other four accused remain in jail.

Media organisations in the city have been outraged by the case and have held demonstrations in protest, he says.

“Bringing charges against a woman who alleges rape makes a mockery of the new Somali government’s priorities,” Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

“The police ‘investigation’ in this case was a politically motivated attempt to blame and silence those who report on the pervasive problem of sexual violence by Somali security forces.”

He said donor countries funding Somalia’s police force and criminal justice system needed to make it clear that “they won’t be party to injustices”.

When President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was asked about the case on a visit to the US earlier this month, he said it was a legal matter in which he could not interfere.

The trial will resume on Saturday in Banadir regional court in Mogadishu.

See also here.

US-backed Somalia Regime Admits Soldiers Raped Women: here.

U.S.-Backed Somalia Army Accused of Abusing Women: here.

Baby primate born in Dutch zoo

In Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands, a rare primate baby was born.

It is a pygmy slow loris.

This video was recorded in the night animals house of the zoo.