Two issues in two weeks -- that, in a nutshell, was why the Animal Scene team was rather preoccupied, even as everyone was still reeling from the passing of the late editor Charlene Bobis. We didn’t think the July tribute to Charlene was enough -- far from it, really, especially because we had to rush the closing of the previous issue in a matter of days. She was, after all, more than the magazine’s editor; she was its advocate and keeper. She took it under her wing and guarded it with her life, leaving behind careful instructions during her last days to ensure that the publication thrived without her at the helm. Even as she was getting ready to leave this world behind, she wanted to make sure Animal Scene would outlive her. That was how much she cared about this magazine and the animals it featured monthly. As a cat mom and rescuer, she knew that the world needed more people who truly cared for the well-being of animals. Perhaps I will forever wonder why she thought I should take her place. My curiosity, however, is overshadowed by my gratitude, not to mention my determination to continue what Charlene started. True to form, Animal Scene’s August issue showcases stories that elevate its readers’ perception of animals: that they have the same right to live and enjoy life as we do. For instance, Fur The Win -- a column Charlene asked me is the very minimum we should observe towards our fellow animals. This month’s piece tackles how veganism pushes us closer to a future that’s safe for all our cat companions. On the cover, you’ll see the Orange-winged Amazon -- a parrot who doesn’t talk as much as its cousins. This beautiful bird is a testament to the adage, “Silent waters run deep.” Because parrots captured from the wild are sold to animal keepers throughout the world, their numbers continue to dwindle. We at Animal Scene hope that by writing about them, we raise awareness about how we can stop being a threat to their existence. !! simultaneously observed with 32 other cities from around the world! We are proud to be part of history as we stand side by side with our human and animal brethren. For Invert Spotlight, # $ % &' to keep the location secret to protect the species and the many other creatures the tarantulas share their habitat &( $ )! ! * For The Wild Side, Gregg Yan reminisces about his days in Silliman University where a few freshwater crocodiles % ! & ' + / % % 0 1 47 Indeed, as we ponder the fate of our distant cousins in Fins, Feather, and Fur (one of the regular corners of Animal Scene), our team hopes to contribute to the conservation of all animal species. This is their world, too. And through this magazine, we want to do our part so that no species ever leaves the animal scene, pun intended.
Merlin and Topper, two of the adopted animals I share my home with.