ABC of nature

Borneo rainforest – A vanishing world

Borneo rainforest – A vanishing world

No other ecosystem offers a higher biodiversity than the tropical rainforests. These unique habitats are critically endangered worldwide, but especially in Borneo the rainforest is vanishing incredibly fast. Population growth, illegal logging and most of all the expanding oil palm plantations spoil the home of our close relatives in the forest. Will there soon be a world without orang-utans?

 

Harp seals – Nursery on thin ice

Harp seals – Nursery on thin ice

Every year in late winter over 250.000 female harp seals gather on the pack ice of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrece to give birth to their pups. There are no natural enemies in this region, but the annual slaughtering decimates the population. And for some years it’s obvious that the climatic change also affects the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The pack ice is vanishing. An extremely threatening development …

 

Dalmatian pelicans – About birds, fish and men

Dalmatian pelicans – About birds, fish and men

A remarkable relationship between men and birds has developed at Lake Kerkini in Greece: The local fishermen feed their bycatch to the dalmatian pelicans instead of scaring them off as was usual in former times. Since then the population of this rare and endangered bird is growing constantly. This situation offers great photographic opportunities – if you are not afraid of water.

 

Wildebeests – The endless journey

Wildebeests – The endless journey

It’s one of the most exciting natural wonders worldwide: More than 1.5 million wildebeests are on an endless migration, which leads them clockwise through the vast savannas of the Serengeti-Masai-Mara ecosystem. They are following the equatorial rainfalls, always in search of fresh grass. Danger is around them all the time – predators, river crossings and poachers. But against all odds, the big herds keep on wandering as long as humankind gives them space to roam.