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Video: "One in a Million" By Owen Cant

Bird of the Day (#BOTD) - It's the Black-and-White-Casqued Hornbill (Bycanistes cylindricus)

Today's Bird of the Day (#BOTD)  is the Black and White Casqued Hornbill (Bycanistes cylindricus) and also commonly known to many as the Grey-Cheeked Hornbill .  It is a long black and white hornbill (approx 28 inch) with a large oversized blackish bill and a large casque on top and that is how the name defines it. The female hornbill is slightly  larger than the male.  They are a very monogamous  bird so you will find pairs nesting on suitable tree cavities.     Found mainly in wooded habitats in central and western Africa, ranging from west Kenya to Côte d'Ivoire  with an isolated population in north  Angola . Like most hornbill species, their diet mainly consists of figs, fruit, insects and small animals found in trees.  The IUCN Red-List of Threatened Species accesses this bird as found commonly and widespread so have given them a Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status.   Male Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill (Bycanistes cylindricus) Via Flickr   and

India's Natural Heritage: On India's Republic Day, A Wildlife Celebrations

In celebration of Republic day, Felis Films brings to you a unique assemblage of footage from across Wild India. This video is a tribute to the little-known citizens of India, who also share the same National Anthem as all Indian's do. Jai Hind! Credits: Director - Sandesh Kadur Editor - Chinmay Rane Music - Jana Gana Mana - Bharat Bala Productions, Indian Army. A film by Felis Films. www.felis.in Jana Gana Mana Lyrics Jana-Gana-Mana-Adhinayaka, Jaya He Bharata-Bhagya-Vidhata Punjab-Sindhu-Gujarata-Maratha Vindhya-Himachala-Yamuna-Ganga Tava Subha Name Jage Tava Subha Ashisa Mage Gahe Tava Jaya Gatha. Bharata-Bhagya-Vidhata, Dravida-Utkala-Banga Uchchhala-Jaladhi Taranga Jana-Gana-Mangala Dayaka, Jaya He "Jana Gana Mana " is the national anthem of India. Written in highly Sanskritised (Tatsama) Bengali, it is the first of five stanzas of a Brahmo hymn composed and scored by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore . It wa

Updates from AHC Charities on AAV Gene Therapy: We are a bit closer to our targets !!

We want to thank our wonderful family, friends and friends of friends for your amazing response and kind donations and messages. We are overwhelmed and so very grateful. The latest update from AAV gene therapy committee last week: As a result of fundraising efforts, there is approx. $250,000-300,000 to fund the April step of the Project. We are that bit closer to the $500,000 target. Every £1/$1 counts. Thank you SO much for your donations!  Please keep sharing. ----------------- Updates statement from 3 AHC Charities (Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation, Cure AHC and Hope for Annebel)  As we pass the six month milestone for the AAV Project, we wanted to provide the AHC community with a brief update and some clarity about next steps. Since Jun e 2018, Cure AHC, AHC Foundation and Hope for Annabel have been collaborating on a gene therapy effort using Adeno Associated Virus (AAV) as a delivery system for functioning ATP1A3 to compensate for th

'Hidden' Disability - The invisible symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)

This latest film from Shift.ms has been inspired by the conversations of the www.Shift.ms community - I personally have been living with this medical condition and have had Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) for over 18 years now - Its a great thing to say that I have a hidden disability but sometimes this hidden medical condition can be very difficult, as people accept you to know and do anything a (so called normal) human-being would or can do. Have a look at the video and do share this in your social media channels / also please do leave a comment below - always helps and encourages me to live with this medical condition positively. Find out more about the hidden symptoms of MS at www.shift.ms/invisible-symptoms/ Via

Creative WWF Wildlife Adverts that make you Save Our Planet

We always know that good advertising plays a key role in ones responsible development. Wildlife charities have worked very hard to be creative, and to pass a good message to their viewers about saving our planet. How important it is for us humans to start thinking and start saving our wilderness as we live in and what is around us.  ---- Some of the very powerful adverts are from  WWF campaigns . For those who have not a clue to what what WWF is all about: Here we go -  WWF  (World Wide Fund for Nature) is an organization which mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF was founded in 1961. It was the product of a deep concern held by a few eminent gentlemen who were worried by what they saw happening in our world at that time. Since those early days WWF has grown up to be one of the largest environmental organizations in the world. (more on  Wiki ) Below we list WWF ads. Hope you’

#WeDontDeserveThisPlanet: 10 years Challenge and Counting

Many of you may have come across this post going around in various social media circles. The 10 years challenge defines what you or anyone else looked like in 2009 when facebook started and what they look like in 2019.  As a wildlife conservationist - this 10 years challenge defines about the disaster our planet is gone through and We Don't Deserve This Planet.  A 10 year challenge that matters. This will not be the end for our elephants, we REFUSE to say goodbye. Stand by us and we will bring you stories of success, this we promise you. Let those that have been taken from us not have died in vain.  PASS THE WORD.  Photo Credit: Nick Brandt #WeDontDeserveThisPlanet  #10yearchallenge Post Via

Bird of the Day (#BOTD) - Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)

The Bird of the Day (#BOTD) series is back and my first posting is the beautiful Coppersmith Barbet  ( Psilopogon haemacephalus ) or also known commonly as crimson-breasted barbet or coppersmith.  It is a resident bird found mainly around the Indian sub continent and parts of south east asia. IUCN Least Threatened species and lives mainly in garden habitats, woodlands and groves.  Picture taken by Eddy lee and take from via

New Year, No Pressure

Its finally 2019 and certainly there is no pressure....... Hope this year goes well for all. Via  

Anya is 1 in a million: Funding for all AHC Kids & Gene Therapy Research

We are so grateful for all the amazing support, messages and generous donations to research from our wonderful family and friends in 2018.  A  heartfelt thanks. We have been blown away by your kindness!   In February 2018 at 6 months old, Anya was given the diagnosis of  Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) after genetic testing for the  ATP1A3 gene. This is an extremely rare condition, affecting one in a  million; it arises from a chance, non-inherited error. It is something we  had neither heard of nor something we could ever have envisaged our  precious first-born having to struggle with. It’s been a very difficult year and we’ve seen symptoms (sometimes life-threatening) that we wouldn’t wish any parent to witness.  AHC has effects beyond the neurological ones and sadly Anya has had breathing and cardiac difficulties too. Almost all children with AHC have physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities across a spectrum. By the age of two 50% have epilepsy; and