Remembering our fellow-earth-inhabitants on World Animal Day ~ Rothschild Giraffe

By Dian Hasan | October 12, 2009

World Animal Day-Rothschild GiraffeIt’s been said that a good photograph takes an instant out of time, and alters life by holding it still. It’s also said that the best still images, are moving. They move you beyond time and space, move you emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. They move you because they tell an entire story, in a single frame. Such is the power of photography.

To honor World Day of Animals that falls on October 4th each year, we’ll feature some of our fellow earth-inhabitants that deserve a second look and attention to their plight. Here’s the Rothschild Giraffe.

World Animal Day-Rothschild Giraffe

A halo around the Sun is seen behind a Rothschild giraffe as it leans over a wall to take food from the hands of visitors at The Giraffe Centre in the Lang'ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. Run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, The Giraffe Centre was founded in 1979 and aims to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Photo: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

A brief background on how World Day of Animals came about: the roots go back to Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned on locations all over the globe. October 4th was originally chosen as World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to 4 October with a Blessing for the Animals.

red_list_logo_5234World Animal Day has since expanded its focus from its original intent, which was to bring attention to endangered or threatened species. The day is now set aside as a time to reflect on all of the animals we share this world with, and our involvement with them – and to spur action to commemorate that respectful relationship.

Half the world’s mammals are declining in population and more than a third are probably threatened with extinction, according to an update of of the Red List (an inventory of biodiversity issued by the IUCN (International for Conservation of Nature).

Inspiration: Boston Globe

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