My name is Kyra Jean and I am so happy you are here. I am a wildlife photographer and a first year herbal apprentice at The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education in Putney, Vermont.
I will be traveling to Nicaragua on February 24, 2018 where I will photograph endangered species! I am attempting to document these animals on behalf of science, for the benefit of future generations and most importantly to raise awareness about their pending extinction. The process of documenting endangered species has become my calling. Having spent an extensive amount of time in Hawaii documenting the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal (1,400 left in the wild), I am now inspired to travel abroad and to continue to spread the incredible stories of these disappearing plants and endangered animals.
The animals I will attempt to photograph will include (though are not limited to) the Jaguar, the Baird’s tapir and the White-lipped Peccary .
In less than two weeks I will be traveling to Nicaragua, to embark on what is sure to be the journey of a lifetime!! I created this campaign as the continuation of a series that surrounds the topic of endangered species and extinction.
As future generations are blindly robbed of the chance to know these rare animals, I find this work to hold potency now more than ever. No longer willing to sit silently on the sidelines I've begun to utilize my photographic knowledge to get to work.
In 2017 I started taking photographs of endangered species. Specifically, the Hawaiian Monk Seal, while I was visiting my second home on the Big Island of Hawaii. I do this work with the intention of creating community action around defending and protecting these endangered animals.
I do not want to wait for action by our political leaders or those of other countries. The protection of these endangered species has been shown to not be a top priority of our current administration.
With the creation of these images I am able to offer photographs to public records, historical documents and educational resources. Thank you for considering to help this cause.
Please continue reading my page to learn about the singnifinance of supporting these animals at this time.
"A planned trans-oceanic canal in Nicaragua could spell disaster for jaguars and other large mammals, according to a new study by researchers at Panthera, Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) and Michigan State University.
The study, released on PLOS ONE, found that the planned canal route would cut through a critical biological corridor, putting a number of endangered species at risk.
“What is of most concern to us is one of the areas under the greatest threat is where the canal is going to go,” said Roberto Salom, the Mesoamerican coordinator for Panthera’s jaguar program. “In this middle portion of the country, it is critical to have another stepping stone for the jaguars to travel from north to south.”
The study is the only comprehensive investigation into the potential impacts of the canal on terrestrial wildlife.
Though construction on the $50 billion venture is slated to begin this fall, environmental groups say the canal’s backers have failed to produce a comprehensive study on the waterway’s affects on biodiversity.
The company building the canal, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Group (HKND), did release an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) last November, but it failed to include a comprehensive biodiversity study looking at threats to wildlife. HKND’s plan to mitigate environmental harm has not been made public."
With love and abundant gratitude for the entire planet,
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