Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Last chance to see

In 1990 Douglas Adams wrote "Last Chance to See", a book about animals veering perilously close to extinction. Since then the news about these species hasn't been good, as the blog "Another Chance to See" documents.
However, it's not all bad new in the bringing threatened species back from the brink community. The Zoological Society of London has recently launched a new campaign in a blitz of publicity, The EDGE Top 100. EDGE stands for Evolutionarily Distinct, Globally Endangered, and the top 100 lists some of the world's most endangered and charismatic mammals. Included are the Amazonian Manatee (pictured), and at least two mole species which keep a "pantry" of earthworms by biting off their heads to prevent them from escaping. That fact alone is worth a visit, but even better is the fact that you can donate to save these living repositories of biodiversity. So head over there, be informed and be generous, it might be your last chance.

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