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anonymous Welcome July 17, 2007 2:11 PM

Welcome all members.  This group is and addition to National Geographics Big Cats. Please post you favorite animal or animals. Start al lthreads with words then photos, then if photos disappear we can keep your thread active and add new photos.

We look forward to bringing World focus on all animals big and small.   It is our job to protect them.

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 July 17, 2007 2:20 PM

Thank you Sid, for inviting me to be part of this group.
I am looking forward to learning more about other large animals.
Possably to learn of some that are not known to me.
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anonymous Welcome July 17, 2007 4:39 PM

Hi everybody and welcome here! I hope you'll enjoy the articles,comments and pictures. Thank you Sid for inviting me as a host on this new group where I will do what I can trying to help and support Africa's -and the other continents endangered wildlife.Welcome Lorraine and Rachel

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anonymous Welcome July 17, 2007 6:10 PM

Hi everyone...My name is Annie and I'm new to this wonderful group...Thank you Sid for the invitation...I'll do all I can to help the animals I love so much!!  [report anonymous abuse]
Hello Friends... July 17, 2007 6:53 PM

I wish to thank you Sid for the invitation. I am definitely an animal lover of all kinds! I believe this group will be very interesting and very informative.  [ send green star]
 July 17, 2007 8:36 PM

Thank you so much for the invitation Sid!!

My daughter and I are very interested in wildlife of all kinds...some are the endangered ones in our own area such as the caribou, wolves and eagles (recently taken off the list). 

Looking forward to gaining more knowledge from your group of all animals and meeting new friends too...

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anonymous  July 17, 2007 9:13 PM

Hi Sid
thanks for the invitation. I love all animals.. looking forward to posting something soon.
Jan Lee
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anonymous  July 18, 2007 7:19 AM

Hi everyone.  Thank you Sid for inviting me to join this interesting group.  I love all animals and look forward to learning and sharing with all of you.

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anonymous  July 18, 2007 7:30 AM

Re: National Geographic Groups 7:28 AM

Our groups are for keeping animals in the wild and leaving space for them to share our planet also. Not mans interference, for canned hunts, caging animals, or breeding them according to how man feels.  We take the same stand as National Geographic society for continued education of animals, and their right to survive without mans interference.   Our groups are not for discussing mans interference, but natures right to survive, despite mans harm.  Thankyou...  [report anonymous abuse]
 July 18, 2007 2:14 PM

My favorite "indoor animals" are Dachshunds

.. outdoor, wild animals: Manatees!  "Save the Manatee Club"

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anonymous  July 20, 2007 9:54 AM

Thanks for the invitation to this group, Sid.... I am glad to be here!   SilverLady Hawk  [report anonymous abuse]
I am Gorilly Girl... May 19, 2008 7:28 PM

I am so happy for the invite Phil...Thanks sooooooooo much and it is good to see Simone in the pot to...She will probalby warn you about how I am...LOL  Gorilly of course loves absolute fave beside the horse of course.....hmmmm poetic is it not...LOL 


But you see that is me...sometimes I ryme and other times I dont.

But all will see that I fight for all animals and our environment.

Big Gorilly Hugs

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 May 22, 2008 9:18 PM

Hi everyone.  Thank you for inviting me to join this interesting group.  I love all animals and I hate people that destroy them

love elefants

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a committment September 21, 2008 4:29 AM

thank you for the invertation to this wonderful group phil

I have gladly joined

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 September 23, 2008 4:32 PM

Thankyou for the invitation's a picture of 71 the beauty that just recently passed at PAWS


(San Andreas, CA)  71, one of PAWS’ cherished African elephants, peacefully passed away this weekend.  Her PAWS family was with her.  She was 26 years old.

71 was born in Africa and shipped to the United States after her mother was killed in a cull. Assigned and tagged #71, and slated to be sold as a baby circus elephant, she and a few others in the group ended up being purchased by a man in Florida who owned a large estate. Without her mother’s care she was malnourished, chronically sick and nearly died.  In an attempt to save her young life, Pat Derby and Ed Stewart, founders of PAWS, offered to give her sanctuary. 

“71 was the cornerstone of PAWS.  She was the reason for everything that guides PAWS’ founding mission.  She leaves a legacy for the other African elephants, Mara, Ruby, Lulu and Maggie, whom she led.  ARK 2000 was truly hers,” Pat Derby said.

When 71 first arrived at PAWS her veterinarian said she would never be a healthy elephant.  But Pat and Ed committed themselves to giving her a chance. They slept with her for months, and bottle fed her until she was strong enough to eat on her own.  They gave her love and encouragement.  They gave her a family. 

“When 71 first arrived and walked out of her crate,” Derby recalls, “we immediately cut the chains from around her neck.  We promised her right then she would never again be chained.  She would never be beaten.  She would never have to do anything she didn’t want to do.  We kept that promise to her.”

Captivity, and the practice of capturing elephants—tearing them away from their families, forcing them to live in confined spaces, often cruelly trained—is ultimately what destroys them.

“I hope everyone who hears 71’s story will remember her when they see elephants languishing in small spaces, rocking and swaying, deprived of their freedom and their families,” Derby said.

A necropsy will be performed this week.

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PAWS is a nonprofit, captive wildlife protection organization.  PAWS cares for over 100 animals at its three wildlife sanctuaries in Northern California.  PAWS animals were rescued from abusive and neglectful conditions or retired from zoos.  Once they had lived in confinement, but at PAWS and ARK 2000 – a 2,300-acre state-of-the-art sanctuary -- they now live in spacious natural habitats with rolling hills, lush natural grasses, trees and lakes and ponds.  At PAWS, the animals are provided 24-hour monitoring and care — never left alone.              

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 October 17, 2008 5:33 PM

hi everybody! thanx phil for invite. well i ll try to add a picture of my beloved friends the dolphins ('ve had problems doing so... because i have mac?...)
i ll check this group next time, now time to sleep... in europe...

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petitions October 17, 2008 5:35 PM

by the way, please check out my page, there are petitions to help the ocean, whales, dolphins... us! thanx *flowers*

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anonymous  October 24, 2008 7:30 PM

720603685_f9ac98a32a.jpg picture by Barden4ever

Thank you for the invite Phil I am very happy to be here!

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