Film: The Rhino Guardians

The Rhino Guardians from Dan Sadgrove on Vimeo.

Dan Sadgrove describes his recent film on an anti-poaching group:

In 2016 I travelled to South Africa to visit The Black Mambas – the worlds first all female anti-poaching unit operating in the Balule Game Reserve in South Africa. Coming from disadvantaged communities and breaking strong patriarchal tradition, these courageous women focus on eliminating illegal wildlife trade through conservation, education and the protection of wildlife, helping to ensure the long term survival of threatened and endangered species in the area. Each day they patrol up to 20km, unarmed, looking for poachers, wire-snares, and break-ins along the fence line. Their lives are at constant risk from poachers and the dangerous wildlife they protect.

It is their belief that the war on poaching will not be won with guns and bullets, but through education within their local communities.

The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit blackmambas.org

The Black Mambas are Nkateko Letti Mzimba, Cute Grace Mhlongo, Felicia Mogakane, Belinda Mzimba, Qolile Mathebula, Kedibone Malatji, Nomsa Mokgadi Malungane, Lindiwe Labina Pilusa, Remember Dikeledi, Nesti Suzen Mohale, Patience Maphanga, Thato Moroni, Amy Clark, Lukie Mahlake, Winie Nyathi, Collen Mathebula, Proud Mkansi, Dedeya Nkwinika, Happy Nkwinika, Boetie Nkosi, Maseke Tribe, Joshua Nyoni, Christopher Khwakhwa & Given Ndlovu.

The Origin of Dogs

How and when did wild wolves turn into domestic pets? Science tells us that humans were behind the domestication of what is now man’s best friend—but the timeline of the transformation has always been mysterious. In this video, Atlantic science writer Ed Yong explains the surprising origin of dogs in light of new research.

Via The Atlantic.

See, also, A New Origin Story for Dogs.

Friday Poll: Hidden Monkey on Plane


If a passenger sneaks a monkey on to a plane, what should authorities do?

On a flight from Ohio to Nevada, a flight crew discovered that a passenger was concealing a service monkey:

Frontier Airlines spokesman Richard Oliver says the incident happened Tuesday night on a flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Las Vegas.

Oliver says the passenger broke policy by not informing the airline that he was bringing a service animal onboard, and then refused to turn over documents verifying the monkey’s status.

McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says law enforcement officials met up with the plane and determined that the monkey was a certified service animal.

Oliver says the animal was brought surreptitiously onto the plane in a duffel bag and never became loose or uncontained during the flight.

SeeHidden monkey on Las Vegas-bound flight causes stir @ Yahoo! News.

Film: The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere

The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere from The All-Nighter Room on Vimeo.

In 2003, Japan was plunged into economic darkness, and its people needed a ray of hope. They found one in Haru Urara, a racehorse with a pink Hello Kitty mask and a career-long losing streak.

ESPN 30 for 30 short. Screenings at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Hot Docs, and more.

WINNER – Best Short Documentary, Hot Docs 2016

Directed by: Mickey Duzyj

Produced by: Mona Panchal,  Yuka Uchida (Japan)

Edited by: Casimir Nozkowski

Composed by: Terry Dame

Executive Producers: Erik Rydholm, Connor Schell, Libby Geist, John Dahl

Director of Photography: Nobutaka Shirahama

Original Art by: Mickey Duzyj

Art Assistant: Kyle Stecker

Animation by: Naoko Hara

Sound design by: Greg Smith

Featuring: Koji Hashiguchi, Masashi Yoshida, Dai Muneishi, Ken Ishii

Saving a Raccoon

During the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, one of our crew aboard our boat heard a yelping sound and at first it sounded like birds overhead. Several hours later we finally found the source of the cry — a young raccoon treading water on the side of the boat. Not wanting to pick it up out of the water, we threw it a life preserver to climb upon and then towed it to land.

Via DeltaBlues3.