I am so thrilled to have made the acquaintance via the computer with some new and exotic creatures this week. I’m sure you’ll love them too.
The first one is the Yoda Bat from PNG. A recent expedition of scientists to the jungles of PNG unearthed quite a few unusual creatures. Considering that Indonesia intends to raze millions of hectares of PNG jungle to grow palm oil and soy plantations as part of its Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate project it is wonderful that scientists are drawing attention to these rare species which will be destroyed if the jungle is burnt down. Here is a picture of the charming creature. Hopefully it won’t meet the same fate as the monkey below.
If you’d like to see more of the creatures that were discovered in the PNG jungle recently go to http://www.conservation.org/fmg/pages/galleryplayer.aspx?galleryitemid=97
And a friend has just alerted me to the blue faced snub nosed monkey of china which is unfortunately on the endangered list due to loss of habitat. They live in the mountains of south central China. They look like Yeti, don’t you think? So we have Yoda and Yeti this week!
And how about this one –
The Tonkin Snub-Nosed monkey is one of the most endangered primate species in the world. They are a species of monkey that are native to Vietnam, and they have in the past 50 years lost about 90% of their lowland rainforest habitat, which means that their population has been reduced to about only 200 individuals. It is one of the smallest monkeys and it is thought that the numbers are dwindling so rapidly because often conservation efforts go towards the more well-known primate species, such as orang-utans. One of the greatest characteristics of the snub-nosed monkeys is that they really love to sing. The males and females of the species sing in pairs, in harmonies, to mark out their territories in the mating season.
If you’d like to see more unusual monkeys go to http://www.picsearch.com/pictures/animals/mammals%20sorted%20by%20order/primates/old%20world%20monkeys%202/snub-nosed%20monkey.html
And how about these baby Tenrecs –
In late June, the WCS Bronx Zoo welcomed two baby Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs, which are natives of Madagascar. While they might look like hedgehogs, and even have hedgehog in their name, they are actually a totally different family of mammals. Tenrec species come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with some looking like hedgehogs, some like mice, and some even like otters! See http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2010/08/a-handful-of-baby-tenrecs.html
And scientists have also found some new sea creatures recently. http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/10/04/science/20101005-marinecensus.html Have a squizz to see the unusual sea creatures that have been recorded in the marine census.
AT LAST A COMPANY WITH ETHICS
This week I was overjoyed to read about a business with morals – one that places their ethics above money.
How refeshing! Basically the story is that Dreamworld refused to accept a booking from a gun company (Nioa) to host their Christmas party on Tiger Island which is owned by Dreamworld. Dreamworld was not impressed by the company’s website which proudly features photos of exotic animals being shot. Of course Nioa is most indignant as all shooters would be! How dare Dreamworld stop them having their Christmas party surrounded by a few tigers that got away!
Luckily Dreamworld is standing firm and they have my vote of support. I will always have difficulty understanding how anyone can find it good fun to shoot a beautiful (or for that matter, ugly) creature just for fun. Amazing!