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today was 'threatened species day'

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by Black Betty, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Have a soft spot for the tassie tiger - did my final ecology project on it (a brave move according to my lecturer being an extinct species & all) but still managed to score a high distinction. Just thought I'd share the memory ......... being Threatened Species Day & all :)


     
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  2. well, if the Tas gum'nt keep going as they are, the Tassie devil will go the same way, not thru hunting (there was a levy on tassie tigers, the gum'nt actually paid people to wipe them out) but thru facial tumors and not doing any where near enough to eradicate the foxes that seem to have gained a foothold in Tas.

    RIP Devil, Quolls, and Native hens.

    Somebody should put a levy on Politicians and Beaurocrats I reckon. Not much required, just enough to pay for the lead
     
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  3. Yep - too little, too late
    & Tassie should have been an ideal place (being an island 'n all) to hang to whats there & keep out what shouldn't be there :?
    I've got some great stuff from the early 1900's talking about what will happen if something wasn't done & of course little was & yes, most of what was predicted came to fruiton. Sad really - plus nothing seems to have changed ......
     
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  4. While in Singapore a few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to an orang-utan sanctuary.

    The sad part was that most of the orang-utans were juveniles that had been orphaned when their mothers were captured or killed, or they were captive animals that had been rescued and would not survive if released back into the wild.

    The sanctuary runs an active breeding program and animals are released back into the Sumatran jungle, unfortunately the Borneo and Sumatran governments turn a blind eye to a known problem, and between them they have lost 90 per cent of their orang-utan population over the past 100 years, and it is likely that they will become extinct in the wild in as little as 20 years time if this decline continues.

    If any of you travel overseas and get the chance to interact with an orang-utan it will be something you will never forget..... orang-utan translate roughly to old man of the forest, but these guys are better than human.... they don't seem to have an malice... I don't have the words to describe how moving it was ..
     
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  5. Not to derail the thread, but can we motorcyclists have some claim also to being a threatened species?

    Yes, it is sad indeed that we humans never seem to miss the water till the well has run dry.....
     
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  6. I've heard about this place/the work that done's here & its on my 'must go to places' one day :)
    There's 2 ways/reasons I'd like to travel the world
    1. to follow the GP for a season
    2. to visit these type of Sanctuarys
    as I know there's a few around the globe specialising in particular species, their preserservation, fight for 'space' in this world, etc
     
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