Picture of the year 2020

This is the most beautiful picture from the Ocean Photography Awards 2020

With this picture, the photographer Tobias Baumgartner won the Community Choice Award at the Ocean Photography Awards 2020. 📸

The story behind it is touching: The two penguins have both lost their partner. Since then they have mourned together.

Tobias Baumgartner found out about this from a volunteer who looks after the penguin colony on the beach at St. Kilda in Australia. ❤️

Baumgartner waited three days and three nights before he could take this picture.
“They looked at the skyline for hours,” said the photographer. 🐧

We congratulate the winner!
Really a beautiful picture.

Regards and good night, Venus

New inmates from Brazil landed in the Nuremberg zoo

The Nuremberg Zoo has taken in a pair of harpies from Brazil. The zoo visitors do not get to see them, however. The birds of prey are housed as a breeding pair on the Zoo‘s own Mittelbüg estate.

Both animals, a male, and a female come from the Roberto Ribas Lange Zoopark in Itaipu Binacional in Brazil. They hatched there in early 2018.

Before the two birds could travel to Germany, they had to go through a two-year international approval process.

The Nuremberg Zoo is important for breeding harpies worldwide (!!!).

Successful breeding with the harpy pair Esmeralda and Enrico began in the early 1980s.
The couple raised eleven chicks, four female and seven male; four more chicks died.

The offspring of this breeding pair from Nuremberg live today at Schmausenbuck. These are Evita, Jorge and Domingo.

Further offspring can be found in zoos like Berlin, but especially in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. Most recently, the zoo transferred the male harpy Vito to Parque Condor in Ecuador on August 11, 2020.

The animals are potentially threatened with extinction. Due to the increasing deforestation of the rainforest in South America, their population is decreasing rapidly.

The mighty birds of prey with a weight of four to nine kilograms and a wingspan of up to two meters depend on the tropical rainforest.

Harpies live on the tall jungle trees on which they build their nests to raise their young.

They also find their large prey such as monkeys and sloths there. Birds of prey experts from Nuremberg report that the birds often stay in their tree for days and only soar in the air when they are looking for food.

Research projects on behavior and reproduction

The Nuremberg Zoo staff also carry out various research projects with harpies. It is about behavioral experiments, studies on animal preferences, and reproduction.

The specialist knowledge on birds of prey is not only used at the Schmausenbuck: conservation projects in the natural habitat of animals in Brazil also benefit, reports the zoo



And I mean…On the website of the Nuremberg zoos we read: “the greatest threat to their continued existence is the destruction of their habitat by slash and burn and the deforestation of tropical rainforests”.
That’s true.

But so far, other than enslaving animals and raising them for money, the zoo director has done nothing against Bolsonaro’s environmental crime.

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon are also on the list for threatened peoples in the early warning level due to the paramilitary forces of Brazil.
Should we, therefore, tear them out of their homes, bring them here to zoos, and let them breed?

By the way! There were human zoos too, until 1958!
With the same excuse “we want to” save “these cultures”, the whites have depicted and degraded the (black) people in zoos.

The Germans have a perverse understanding of species protection: removing people and other animals from their natural environment and bringing them to Germany to show them to the onlookers for money.

The Hagenbeck zoo (near Hamburg), from which the photo originates, still advertises with its role model function “as a pioneer of nature, environmental and species protection”.

Girls and women from Ethiopia in Hagenbeck’s zoo, Germany. The concept of the Hamburg “People’s show” was to show the people with their dwellings and equipment – an idea that was also much praised by scientists at the time.


Were the “exhibits” shown also threatened with extinction and did they have to be preserved “for the next generations”?

My best regards to all, Venus


You should love the strays from the street!

You should love the strays from the street! … because at some point in your life you too felt like a lonely stray!
Alone on a bench, in a schoolyard, at a party when someone you loved rejected you.

When a friend just forgot about your existence, with someone who didn’t like you, in a society that didn’t notice your needs, as if you were invisible.

You should love and take care of the street strays! Maybe because you’ve literally been stranded on the street yourself, or maybe because there wasn’t a home that you would call “home”.

You should feed the strays from the street! Perhaps because you’ve been hungry yourself because your food was burnt, the supermarket was closed, or because it was hunger in your heart that was gnawing and no one was feeding.

You should look at the strays in the eyes from the street and listen carefully to what they are telling you.

They all have a hidden story to tell, just like you have a secret story that you would like to tell someone else.

You should apologize to the strays from the street for us humans because we are the reason for their desperate situation and for their terrible condition.

Maybe you’ve stood with your back to the wall before, waiting for an apology that never came!

You should love the strays off the street for who they really are, not just for your ego and need to be loved back.

They will always love you one way or another, just for who you are … so don’t worry

Somehow we’ve all felt like strays off the street at one point in our lives … full of fear, pain, and sometimes without hope!

You should love the strays from the street because the love you give them heals the stray in you!

We all want someone who loves us for who we are, who gives without demanding, and who never lets us down.

Be this SOMEONE … for you and for others!

(c) Martha Politis Athanassiou / Bettina Marie Schneider

From me to this beautiful article… They are known us by the southerners.
It is all these animals that sit very discreetly next to your table and watch you eat.
With hope, they’ll get a piece of your food.

For those who do not close their hearts and eyes, for compassionate people, this look is a knife stab.

If these systems have all means at their disposal to exploit the weak parts of this planet, be it, Africa or children in the Third world countries, then no one is surprised when animals experience the most brutal exploitation of this system.

The weaker the victim, the worse the exploitation.

On the other hand, all the revolutions and movements in human history have proven that no ruling class has given up its privileges on its own.
The abolition of slavery and the exploitation of people socially and economically was the result of years of struggle.

The liberation of the animals as slaves is the continuation of this struggle.

We need education, whoever fights for animal rights has to try to change this society, which has got used to violence and brutality in a certain way and takes both for granted, especially when it comes to animals.

It cannot be taken for granted that there are strays today.
It is not a given that there are animal barracks.
It is not a given that we cull millions of fur animals for a disaster of human origin.
It is not a given that millions of laboratory animals die for Hocus-pocus science

That’s why we will keep fighting.
Against the rationalization of a fascist ideology that wants to take the exploitation of animals for granted

My best regards to all, Venus