a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003. On March 7,2012 Lawrence Anthony died. He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons & numerous elephants.Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend. A total of 20 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African house.
Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe, not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence 's passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way: Walking slowly - for days - making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.
Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over a year! But yet they knew where they were going. The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who'd saved their lives with so much respect that they stayed for 2 days and 2 nights. Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home.
ESA is the largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to:
promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists;
raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science;
increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science;
and ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers.
Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general science organization and publisher of the peer-reviewed journal Science. With more than 138,000 members and 275 affiliated societies, AAAS serves as an authoritative source for information on the latest developments in science and bridges gaps among scientists, policy-makers and the public to advance science and science education .
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The American Chemical Society is a self-governed individual membership organization that consists of more than 164,000 members—from varied industry and academic affiliations and degree levels. The diverse membership in the Society provides a unique opportunity for peer interaction, regardless of your professional or scientific interests. There are 33 ACS technical divisions, representing a wide range of disciplines for chemists, chemical engineers, technicians, and students.
American Society for Microbiology (ASM Adventures)
The American Society for Microbiology is the world's largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences with more than 39,000 members today. The members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization plus a division for microbiology educators. The mission of the American Society for Microbiology is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well being worldwide.
Geological Society of America
The Geological Society of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the geosciences. It has an expanding global membership with more than 16,000 members in more than 85 countries. Twenty percent of its members are students. GSA fosters the human quest for understanding Earth, planets, and life catalyzing new scientific ways of thinking about natural systems and applying geoscience knowledge and insight to human needs and aspirations and stewardship of the Earth.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
For over four decades, National Trust Tours has been offering life enriching programs that explore the traditions and cultures of the world, placing a special emphasis on the roles of art and architecture. Dynamic tour leaders, professional staff, small group sizes and unattainable experiences on your own are our hallmarks. With more than 100 programs from which to choose, there is a National Trust Tour with your name on it!
National Trust Tours is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Native Plant Trust
Founded in 1900 as the Society for the Protection of Native Plants, Native Plant Trust is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters, Garden in the Woods, is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this base, 25 staff and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. The Trust also operates a native plant nursery at Nasami Farm in western Massachusetts and has seven sanctuaries in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are open to the public.
Sigma Xi Expeditions
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is a non-profit membership society of nearly 75,000 scientists and engineers who were elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential. Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters at universities and colleges, government laboratories and industry research centers. In addition to publishing American Scientist, Sigma Xi awards grants annually to promising young researchers, holds forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society and sponsors a variety of programs supporting honor in science and engineering, science education, science policy and the public understanding of science.
The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman to encourage the exploration of our solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life.
The Society is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, funded by dues and donations from individuals around the world. With more than 100,000 members from over 140 countries, we are the largest space interest group on Earth. Membership is open to all people interested in our mission.
The University of California Botanical Garden
The UC Botanical Garden is a non-profit research garden and museum for the University of California at Berkeley, having a notably diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres. Their Mission is to develop and maintain a diverse living collection of plants, to support teaching and worldwide research in plant biology, further the conservation of plant diversity, and promote public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment.
Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University, Russia
The Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University (BGISU) occupies 27 hectares within Irkutsk city, 70 kilometers west of Lake Baikal. The BGISU is the only botanical garden in Irkutsk region and in the Baikalian Siberia included in International Directory of Botanical Gardens. It is categorized by law as a strictly protected natural territory within the capital of Irkutsk Oblast. As a living museum the BGISU serves as an educational tool for students and general public. Lake Baikal, the Russian "Galapagos Islands," is the single richest location in Russia for endemism, a fabulous reservoir of unique flora and fauna. Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world, and stores nearly 20% of the freshwater on earth.