BE.WILDER 14 HAWAII

@alexsmith_

@alexsmith_

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@captain_potter

@captain_potter

Islands can usually have relatively low species richness, however, other islands like Hawaii or say Madagascar are extremely rich in biodiversity. Islands are known as hotspots of native and evolutionary marvels, playing a vital role as refuges of biodiversity. Refuges that once migrated to the islands from the mainland through the vast oceans. This is considered the theory of island biogeography.
Could it be that the same theory can be applied to wildlife in the mainland? National parks and protected areas have become the islands and places of refuge for wilderness and wild animals while we are the oceans in between them?

BE.WILDER 09 STEVE

As an avid reptile whisperer, passionate surfer and all round legend, Steve Irwin was one of the most influential conservation personalities in the world. With a deep understanding of animal behaviour, exceptional bush survival skills and a wired personality, this allowed him to travel the world to film and educate people about often misunderstood animals.

“Since I was a boy, from this house, I was out rescuing crocodiles and snakes. My mum and dad were very passionate about that and, I was lucky enough to go along.” Steve Irwin.

BE.WILDER 08 WOLVES

@harryborden

@harryborden

Our efforts for preserving wildlife have lead society to protect the species that we hold most dear to us. This conservation bias driven by public opinion, has allowed us to select those animals worthy of saving. And, while we protect some, we also crusade against other animals that are crucial to the stability of ecosystems, like sharks and wolves. Does it make sense to shame rhino poachers while at the same time turning a blind eye to killing sprees against wolves?

BE.WILDER 05 STORMS

@mitchdobrowner

@mitchdobrowner

"The question is... whether we shall, by whatever means, succeed in reconstituting the natural world as the true terrain of politics, rehabilitating the personal experience of human beings as the initial measure of things, placing morality above politics and responsibility above our desires, in making human community meaningful, in returning content to human speech, in reconstituting, as the focus of all social action, the autonomous, integral, and dignified human"
Vaclav Havel

BE.WILDER 01 - CARIBBEAN

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We all know the saying, "an eye for an eye..."
Well, a shark for a human, leaves the whole world with neither.

I am bewildered by a recent, targeted revenge attack upon a wild, mesmerising and highly significant creature on our planet. A Great White Shark was maliciously killed in an attempt to reconcile the injuries incurred by a surfer in Western Australia. This is a perfect example of peoples inability to use complex cognitive functioning, something that is required to comprehend our multi-dimensional world. In the eyes of a simpleton, this is a job perceived well done.

Although, the irony is clear in the scientific reasoning behind this equation.

+ As an Apex species, sharks are critical for the survival of our oceans and their presence is a clear reflection of its health. They are officially classified as Vulnerable.
- We as human beings need the ocean to live, as it filters half of the oxygen we breathe on Earth. The ocean is incapable of performing its role without an array of critical variables, including the existence of Great White Sharks.

So, whilst eyes blinded by irrational emotion see the death of this vital animal as justice prevailing, anyone with problem solving skills can recognise that they have in fact achieved the opposite. Those who justify outdated actions based on the protection of human lives, by killing such vital creatures are ironically, robbing us all of air. If our life is so important, we should respect what keeps us breathing.

words. Charlotte Rose Mellis