Thursday, April 30, 2009

Endangered Species

The Smithsonian just released a photo of a Jaguar caught on night camera on an island in Panama. The last sighting was in 1983, so this is a wonderful confirmation that they are still around even though they have been hunted almost to extinction in South America.

It made me think again about the 100,000 plus gorillas found by the Wildlife Conservation Society over the summer in the Congo. No one knew they existed until 2008 because they live in such a remote and inaccessible area. It thrills me to no end that these animals have never laid eyes on a human being. What a beautiful thing for an animal.
I suppose that is over now, unless the government does something to protect them.

Here is the amazing story. Be sure to watch the video.

1 comment:

L.Holm said...

I finally got back to watch the video of the lowland gorillas. It's wonderful. Those babies! And sad to think they're discovered and now potentially prone to ebola, logging and poachers. That Sanderson sounds like quite a guy.