Racing Extinction: Empire State Building Lights Up For Endangered Species

Via NBC New York:

The landmark Empire State Building, known for its stunning light displays, shined brightly with digital light projections of the world’s endangered species Saturday evening. The show was billed as a first-of-its-kind live video projection and aimed to raise awareness about animals at risk of being lost forever. The display, a project conceived by “The Cove” filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, showed a looping reel of endangered animals over a 33-floor span of the southern face of the Empire State Building. In all, 160 species were shown, including a snow leopard, golden lion tamarin, birds, snakes, manta rays, and various mammals and sea creatures. “We’re set to lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century,” Psihoyos said at the event. At one point an image of Cecil — a beloved lion in Zimbabwe that was shot and killed by a U.S. dentist during an allegedly illegal hunt in July — was shown on the building. The killing sparked off a social media firestorm and led to calls for the hunter’s extradition. Coincidentally, the uproar gained international attention just days before the light show.

Organizers called the show “a weapon of mass instruction.” Their series Racing Extinction will debut on Discovery in the fall.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Great ! I am glad the world is paying a “new ” attention to the death, destruction and decline of ALL our natural bounty.

  • GarySFBCN

    “The show was billed as a first-of-its-kind live video projection . . .”

    This is nice, but they’ve been projection video onto buildings in Barcelona for several years now.

    • Rich Farias

      That’s Barcelona. It’s the first DLP live show projected against the Empire State Building to date (others are planned), hence first of its kind.

  • LADY MABELINE

    Beautiful. That is public art we can all understand.

  • Octavio

    Now they’ve done it. Soon a great white hunter is a gonna sneak into NYC and shoot the Empire State Building for a trophy!

  • Clive Johnson

    A key resource for anyone curious about the species we might be on the verge of losing:

    http://www.iucnredlist.org

    • oikos

      The Red list is a great resource. It should be something every grade school student learns about.

  • bambinoitaliano

    It’s good they are capitalizing on the slayed lion.

    • John P.

      It’s good that they are increasing people’s awareness.

  • bkmn

    When they are gone they are gone. Just decreasing the numbers to less than 1000 often dooms a species. Ego trips to kill dwindling species needs to end now.

    • John P.

      Guess you understand the point. Whether it was Cecil or any other endangered animal, this does have to stop. Think of all the other animals the dentist and countless others have killed just for the “sport” of it?

      • bkmn

        tRumps two boys also have a great love for killing animals like Cecil, elephants, rhinos and all sorts of endangered animals. They certainly don’t do it for survival.

        • douglas

          Or food.

      • Peter Wde

        African lions are not on the endangered species list.

        • oikos

          Neither was the most numerous bird ever to exist, the passenger pigeon. Did you have some point?

          • Peter Wde

            Not really, other than if a few get shot or killed it’s just not that big a deal.

          • oikos

            Please cite your credentials in conservation biology otherwise no one cares what you think.

          • Peter Wde

            That’s ok.

          • oikos
          • Peter Wde

            Keep’em coming!

          • Queequeg

            He’s an asshloe. Just ignore him. If he doesn’t get the attention he craves, he may just go elsewhere to annoy others. Peter must not have gotten attention as a child.

          • sherman

            I visited Martha at the Smithsonian this spring. Incredibly sad. Nearby were beautiful Carolina parakeets and other man caused extinctions. Most people were just walking by paying no notice at all, just as most people are doing as mankind is causing a mass extinction.

          • oikos

            If you can, watch the documentary from Billions to None http://www.billionstonone.com/ Even an incredibly populous species can disappear in a blink of geologic time due to our actions. Something that we as a species will not see coming.

          • sherman

            I think I saw it on PBS last spring.

          • Queequeg

            Peter Wde never has a point. He’s just an obnoxious troll who comes here to be annoying and get attention. It is best to ignore him, just like his mommy did.

        • Porkie

          Shall we scan down his “kill list ” hmmm White Rhino ?…..How’s that one looking?

          • Peter Wde
          • Porkie

            I seem to be missing your point here, so, you think that that makes it, OK?

          • oikos

            He’s an abject moron. There is no point other than he (mistakenly) thinks himself clever.

          • Peter Wde

            Then regulated hunting of this animal can be its salvation.

          • Porkie

            It’s possibly a little late for the northern White Rhinoceros, as there are only 4 confirmed individuals remaining……..

          • Peter Wde

            Then a fortiori my post above.

          • Porkie

            An animal with a population of 4 individuals is not likely to benefit from a program of breeding or insemination the gene pool is too small to be viable.

          • Peter Wde

            Then from an evolutionary perspective, its screwed.
            Extinction is a natural process, by far the majority of species that have ever existed are extinct.

          • oikos

            Again demonstrating your ignorance. You know nothing about conservation or population biology.

          • Porkie

            Has the phrase “hunting to the point of extinction” ever come to your notice?

          • Peter Wde

            Which is why I said “regulated hunting”. You need to pay closer attention here.

          • Porkie

            I am quite sure that regulated hunting would be just as successful in preserving vulnerable species as regulated Whaling has been.
            You really need to pay closer attention elsewhere.

          • Peter Wde

            Well yes, the regulations need to followed and the willingness and apparatus there to enforce compliance. But then, that applies to any regulatory scheme and is a priori. I’m just echoing the knowledge and experience of those who actually work in the field of animal conservation as quoted in my post above.

          • Porkie

            “compliment.” = Compliance?

            This is going to be put in place & funded by whom, exactly?

          • Peter Wde

            sorry was typing fast, will edit accordingly

          • Peter Wde

            Presumably within the countries themselves.

          • Porkie

            Right….Zimbabwe, the country other African countries use as an example when talking about corruption and economic melt down………….
            You have been reading too much Ayn Rand; it seems to have affected your thought process.

          • Peter Wde

            Nope just reading what Michael Knight, chairman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s African and Asian rhino specialist groups and officials at the World Wild Life Fund say about what works best “in the field” to achieve actual results and benefits the local communities, those kind of people.

          • Porkie

            Then you will also know that this Lion was killed illegally and out side of the permitted hunting regulations , I am surprised that his death does not incense you?

          • Peter Wde

            Has that been officially determined?

            It doesn’t, Cecil’s (RIP) death in the scheme of things is irrelevant.

          • Porkie

            “Has that been officially determined?”

            ER …Yes.

            & you either believe in:

            ” regulations need to (be) followed and the willingness and apparatus there to enforce compliance.”

            or you are just pissing in the wind.

          • Peter Wde

            Has there been an official report, and by report I don’t mean data analysis of Cecil (RIP) twitter feed?

            The first option….but since Zimbabwe is a failed state ruled by thugs and despots with horrendous runaway inflation and 80% unemployment, in other words a Hobbesian “state of nature”, the death of Cecil (RIP) counts for precisely nothing.

            Actually on further reflection the above is not true, if Cecil’s (RIP) death did help put food on the table for a hungry Zimbabwean family through the fees that were charged then his death was in fact a positive social good.

          • Porkie

            The official report of the Zimbabwe authorities – “a failed state ruled by thugs and despots” & the very same people whom you would entrust with the running of your well regulated hunting schemes …yes,…. that would be why they want everybodies favourite dentist to pop over and have a word…
            And with regards to “counts for precisely nothing” – you either have a well regulated hunting enviroment or you… er…. don’t.

          • Peter Wde

            Your reply is incoherent, until Zimbabwe has anything like political accountability and stable social institutions Cecil’s (RIP) unfortunate premature demise is utterly irrelevant.

          • Porkie

            “Your reply is incoherent”
            As are yours, ….but in the interests of greater understanding, let me reiterate:

            You advocate for a regulated hunting regime when there is neither the will nor the apparatus to put it in place or police it.

            At the same time, you disparage those who would raise awareness of the plight of the animals who have fallen victims to poaching, something that through domestic pressure could bring about change by discouraging the big money clients who fund this “sport”.
            And you claim to do this in the interests of the animals at risk.

            You offer nothing in the way of a solution and frankly any interest that you once may have held has waned. Goodnight

          • Peter Wde

            I do indeed advocate for regulated hunting, and there are African countries where this is successful as evidenced by my quotes. Those in control in Zimbabwe don’t give a damn what others think, they are going to continue doing exactly as they please.

            But you’re right, in the general scheme of things I think the whole Cecil (RIP) issue is insignificant.

          • BudClark

            The “solution” is to strip Peter naked and turn him loose in the veldt to work out his own salvation .

          • Queequeg

            Peter Wde is an annoying troll. Best to ignore him. He craves attention. Let’s starve him out.

          • Porkie

            you’re right of course ..Sorry about that. It’s a bit like an itch , a very small one, you know that you shouldn’t scratch but …..

          • Queequeg

            I know, I got pulled in once, but it only encourages his bad behavior.

          • oikos

            Absolute bullshit with no science to back it up. Animals are not saved from extinction by killing them.

            Did you get this from your degree in “body memory” studies? How is that working out for your asthma?

          • Peter Wde

            Michael Knight, chairman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s African and Asian rhino specialist groups, said the Namibian black rhino populations have been growing at a healthy 7% per year, thanks to conservation efforts.

            Of the upcoming hunt, Knight said, “In population terms, it’s of minor significance, as we are talking about one old bull that would have contributed genetically to the rhino population already. In monetary terms, it’s important as it generates funds that go directly into the wildlife products fund that feeds 100% back into rhino conservation.”

            According to the USFWS, Namibia’s black rhino population more than doubled between 2001 and 2012, which the group says can be attributed to local communities joining the fight against poachers.

            The World Wildlife Fund, which works with 100 different countries to provide conservation support and is not opposed to hunting programs that don’t threaten endangered species, emphasizes that creating incentives for local communities has proven to be a successful method over their 50 years of conservation work.

          • oikos

            Your link above is for the white rhino, not the black. Make up your mind which species you think should be “conserved” by unscientific indiscriminate killing.

            “The World Wildlife Fund, which works with 100 different countries to
            provide conservation support and is not opposed to hunting programs that
            don’t threaten endangered species.” Both rhino species are endangered , so you’ve provided no science merely your own opinion.

            And my question still stands: how does your pseudoscience degree qualify you to assess these species? Last I knew, non recognized alternative medicine ‘degrees’ had nothing to do with conservation science or biology.

          • Peter Wde

            My point was a general one, as backed-up by those with actual experence of animal conservation.

            Your other point is just incoherent.

          • oikos

            Sorry my credentials trump yours. I have 3 degrees in the natural sciences , one of them a graduate degree and studied in these fields. You on the other hand have a degree from a non accredited university in pseudoscience. Have a great day!

          • Peter Wde

            Really oikos, the “argument from authority”, is that the best you can do?

            My high school debating class teacher would be chewing you out big-time for that one…

          • oikos

            My knowledge trumps your ignorant opinion every time. Buh bye.

          • Peter Wde

            If you say so…

        • Ontogenesis

          They should be. There’s talk about it (sometimes a species qualifies, but politics prevents it. E.g., the US should have added bluefin tuna to the list, but Japan, its powerful ally, was vehemently against it.
          http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/28/science/earth/28tuna.html?_r=0

    • LonelyLiberal

      Even larger numbers can still be problematic. Case in point, the used-to-be-common chimney swift is now on the Near Threatened list around here, and it’s illegal to remove a nest, kill the birds, or destroy eggs. Fortunately it’s not a creature most people would hunt.

      Estimated population is around 15 million, but precipitous decreases show that problems will ensue shortly.

      (I have three breeding pairs on the property [not a large property either] all of which output about 12 undisturbed and successful eggs per year, so I’m doing my part).

      • sherman

        Well, aren’t you special?

        Really, that’s awesome. 🙂

        • LonelyLiberal

          Other than the Monarch butterfly (who has their own patch of milkweed), it’s the only threatened or endangered species I have on the property.

          Toads, tons. Hummingbirds. Several rodent species. Four species of bee. Bee flies. More butterflies than I can count. Stuff that runs away so fast all you say is “That was something.” But none of those are even close to threatened.

  • Peter Wde

    Is the official mourning period for Cecil now over? Can we move on now?

    • DaddyRay

      No

    • John P.

      Guess you missed the whole point.

    • Porkie

      Peter; You can move on. Why on earth are you seeking other people’s approbation?

      • Peter Wde

        Everyone needs a hobby.

  • Rocco Gibraltar

    If I could ask a question of the GOP candidates, it would be this…will you condemn the actions of trophy hunters who needlessly kill innocent animals? And does endangered status mean anything to you? Of course not. Let us just call it “the restriction of second amendment rights to kill any animal I wish law and taking an insanely inappropriate smiling photo with the corpse of a beatiful creature law”.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Don’t miss the blockbuster movie “Raging Extinction“: Watch octogenarian FoxNut bigots drop like flies as they slump out of their scooters while shaking a palsied fist at a gawd that seemingly has abandoned them. These dodos are just smart enough to perceive their death spiral into oblivion and they are mad as hell – cause that’s where they’re going. Bye, dinosaurs! Enjoy oblivion.

    • Peter Wde

      Please accord Harry Reid the respect he deserves.

      • Porkie

        We were.
        Oh, I am sorry, that was a funny….You should warn us.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Raging bigots are an endangered species and according to self-reports, much persecuted too, – but nobody cares.
      Bye, bigots!

  • LDinMN

    If I would post this on Facebook, I would get shamed for caring about animals and not people (black lives, so and so that was murdered etc…). Apparently, on Facebook, you can’t be concerned about both animals and humans. It’s either one or the other.

    • David Walker

      Shouldn’t be. We’re all animals. But not everyone understands that, I guess. Or will admit it.

    • Sk3ptic

      It’s like these people are proud of their preference for blinders over peripheral vision. The rest of us, by using the special power of reason (witchcraft??), can actually care deeply about many issues…at once!

    • cleos_mom

      That’s part of the ancient human itch to get something for nothing. Moral superiority, in this case.

  • Soren456

    Bryan Fischer is furious because they didn’t include Christians on the endangered list.

  • JT

    Delta Airlines announces it will ban shipment of animal trophies.

  • sherman

    There are often times I’m glad I’m an elder gay in my twilight years.

  • e jerry powell

    I like it. I want to know how they did the projections.

  • Harley

    I heard 17 windows were shot out when they displayed Cecil’s pic.

  • Queequeg

    Beautiful display. Unfortunately I think the only hope for the planet would be a drastic reduction in the human population, bit that is not about to happen. I’m not suggesting culling, just a major sloedown in reproduction. I’m doing my part.

  • cleos_mom

    Cue the cries of “why isn’t the Empire State Building lit up for fillintheblank?!?!?!?”

    Of course it’s lit up for all kinds of things but this reaction has become a Grand Tradition.

  • Ogre Magi