What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

No Snow Job


Snow leopard cubs by WWF

We learned recently that we are going to be grandparents again! Our older daughter is expecting her second child in January, shortly after her son turns 13. I am thrilled beyond belief, but it also makes me even more worried about the future of our planet.

Yesterday, I read a wonderful post by DRTravelBlog about how bloggers Devon and Robbie were adopting a snow leopard through the WWF’s website. When I followed the link, I was shocked to learn how many species were available for symbolic adoption. These species are all at risk of extinction, and I thought it was important that we all considered doing our part.

Below are the species in distress with links to each animal’s page and, frankly, the most emotionally manipulative photos I could find. Look, I am getting nothing out of this, but I hope that something below speaks to you, and you feel moved to help. We’ve made a terrible mess of this planet, but maybe it’s not too late. The species are arranged below by threat level, with the most perilously-positioned listed first. Adopt an animal, or don’t, whatever seems right for you. But if nothing else, will you consider sharing this on your blog or other social media?

These animals deserve a chance, and I hate the idea of future generations growing up without ever seeing them alive. Please do what you can.

Tiger cub

Tiger. Yes, the tiger. Shit is getting real.

Prairie Chicken

Prairie Chicken. Oh, how I love a bird in a costume!

Pygmy elephant

Pygmy elephant. How did I not know this was a thing? Can I adopt one for real? He can have his own bedroom!

Great White Shark laughing

Great White Shark. Someone just told this guy a joke

Bonobo and dog

Bonobo (It’s the one on the right.)

Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey. He looks exactly like the guy who used to mow my mother’s lawn. His name was Elton. I’m assuming they’re not related.

Douc Monkey

Douc Monkey (not a computer-generated image, if you can imagine)

Rockhopper Penguin

Rockhopper Penguin. More birds in costume, and these guys look like they’re in the middle of performing West Side Story.

Emperor Tamarin

Emperor Tamarin. Remind you of anyone?

Whale Shark with model

Whale Shark. If you’re interested in finding out what that woman is doing, click here.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “No Snow Job

  1. It saddens me to see all these images and that we might only have these to be reminded of these beautiful animals. Wake up America and the World, the killing has to stop.
    Thanks for a great post.
    Shine On

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  2. Amazing collection and hope we can save this beautiful planet from indifference and greed.

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  3. Hi Donna – amazing pictures and such a sad context. In my opinion the main issue is that it’s tough for a person to believe that his / her actions can make a difference. If a ‘can-do’ attitude was common, then we could change stuff more efficiently.
    – Ruta

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    • That’s an interesting perspective. Speaking personally, it’s true that it’s hard to really believe I can make it better, but at least I definitely grasp that I can make it worse. I’m trying to phase out products that contribute to deforestation like products that contain palm oil (damn you, Nutella!) and focus on renewable resources instead.

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  4. Congratulations on the new grandbaby my love. I too share your concern for the next generation’s future. It can be overwhelming if we focus on all that could go badly but I just come back to that wisdom “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have, in the here and now.” The difference between zero and one is infinite.

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  5. No and I don’t think I will make it to New York in September either. I’ll talk to you this week-end about it.


  6. Thanks for such an awesome post and compelling photos! Hopefully conserving large-ranging species can help preserve ecosystems. I saw that you put up black-footed ferrets, you should check out info on prairie dogs, as they are the main prey for the ferrets but are struggling too.

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