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Which animal has two surviving species and both are endangered?
  1. Elk
  2. Chimpanzee
  3. Mountain Gorilla
  4. Orangutan
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Doing the Right Thing

As we've said many times in our Newsletter, on our website, and in our blog, "DJ and I know we are doing the right thing for us because we are living our lives with purpose, taking action, and letting our passion direct our work." The joy and daily sense of accomplishment that we feel is directly tied to our efforts to educate, share, and offer a positive view of what our world could be like if we were to live in harmony with nature.

Of course, we are going through a very difficult period due to the oil spill that continues to destroy both habitat and wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. At last check-in with the news, this spill is already impacting wildlife and habitat in four U.S. States: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and potentially Florida. Ten wildlife refuges in Mississippi and Louisiana are in the oil's expected path, with the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the tip of the Mississippi River likely to be the first affected according to Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana. This disaster has such far reaching consequences for wildlife and habitat that we cannot possibly begin to fathom the extent of the damage.

If ever there was a time - an opportunity - for ordinary citizens to demand more from our government with respect to developing renewable energy, this surely is that time. How much destruction of wildlife, habitat, our oceans, personal property, and local economies are we willing to accept before we say, "Enough is enough!" It's terrible to contemplate the immediate and long-term effects of this man-made disaster. Until enough of us realize that we only have one world, one environment, one home for all life on this planet to share, we fear that disasters such as this will continue to occur. Personal responsibility is all that each of us can commit to. But, if enough people join together and demand an end of the status quo, we can change the future. To quote Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

And, as always, that is why we continue to promote...

"Saving Wildlife Together"!

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Jim Fontaine, cofounder

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Elephant Big Boy - A New Painting by Cofounder DJ Geribo - 30x40, acrylic on canvas


DJ Geribo, cofounder

New Blog Category Added

I was recently looking through some old (1980's) books I have on saving the planet and decided that would be a great new column to have on our home page and in our blog. The name for the column, like so many other names that we've come up with for Eye Help Animals, came to me in a flash. So many people, as well as businesses, are talking about things they can do to save our planet, mostly by going "green". I've also written about being green in our business as well as in our lives at home in past Eyes Alive newsletters.

The difference between this column and past articles I've written will be more focused on the impact we have on the animal kingdom. Everyone must know that the things we are doing, like cutting down the rainforest, ultimately affects us as well as many species of animals. But I think when people know about the little things they do everyday and how changing a simple act, especially one that we often do unconsciously, can have a great impact on the environment and the lives of many animals.

So that is what this column is about, making little changes. Becoming more conscious and more aware of how changing one behavior can save so many lives. And I'm not talking about just wildlife here, although that is always my concern. So many things that we do that hurts wildlife, that hurts the environment, in the long run, also hurts us. Consider making these changes for wildlife, for the planet, for your children. Most of them are simple and very easy to do. Most of them only take a conscious moment. And then once you've thought about it, about how easy it is to do, and how good it feels to be a part of the solution, from that moment on it becomes unconscious. But this time your unconscious thought is for the good of wildlife, the planet, for you and your family.

DJ Geribo, cofounder

We are All One

A recent incident in Canada emphasized the connectedness of each of us to the world around us, showing how something that happens in one part of the world can also affect those living hundreds and thousands of miles away.

Our Normal View of Prospect Mountain
One morning of this past Memorial Day weekend we woke up to a very hazy sky. Thinking it was due to heat and pollen we took our dogs for our regular morning walk. As it hung over us like early morning mist, we noticed that this was no sunlit wonder of dew but instead it was the heavy rank odor of smoke. We figured a neighbor had a brush fire raging out of control and paid particular attention as we walked the two miles. We found none of our neighbors were at fault and realized this went further as the smoke followed us on our drive downtown to our favorite breakfast spot. People seemed to be wondering about it but no one knew.

Our View of Prospect Mountain Obscured by Smoke from Canadian Wildfires 500 miles away
When we came home, Jim searched on his computer and found that the culprit was not in our town or even in our state, but surprisingly, the smoke was coming all the way from Canada. For some reason, when we hear about our frigid winter winds coming from Canada, that doesn't surprise us. Winds, after all, can travel pretty fast and it is, after all, just cold air. But this was different. This was smoke, from forest fires out of control, over 500 miles away! This incident stressed, once again, the interconnectedness of us all and how we are all living together on this planet, humans and animals alike, and whether it's a raging fire or an oil "spill" of huge proportions, many humans as well as many more animals can die. We are all responsible for this planet and for every living thing on it. If we don't properly care for it, I wonder how long it will take care of us.
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