This interesting list should pique your curiosity. For this week only, there will be no haranguing to do something, or to somehow improve! Peruse the links, and enjoy the information and pictures of these wonderful animals.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), using the EDGE of Existence program which “takes into account how evolutionarily unusual it [an animal] is as well as its risk for extinction”, has figured has released a list of 100 Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered Reptiles. Most of the animals listed have beautiful pictures to illustrate them.
“Reptiles often receive the short end of the stick in conservation terms, compared with the likes of birds and mammals,” said EDGE Reptiles co-ordinator Rikki Gumbs. “However, the EDGE Reptile List highlights just how unique, vulnerable and amazing these creatures really are. From the world’s largest sea turtles to a blind species of snake found only in Madagascar, the diversity of EDGE Reptiles is breath-taking.”
The above quotes are from the Mongabay article listed below.
It you follow the links in the article, or below, more treats are in store for you for you end up at The Edge of Existence’s website which in addition to completing the 100 species list for reptiles also has lists for several other groups: Mammals, Amphibians, Birds, Corals and Focal Species. All with wonderful pictures.
While you’re enjoying the pictures of these rare animals, think for a minute or two for them and their plight. Can you do anything to make it better? (Sorry, I know I said no haranguing, but I couldn’t help myself)
Go to The Edge of Existence’s website for the Mammals, Amphibians, Birds, Corals and Focal Species as well as the rest of the Reptiles.
NOTE: The snakes are threatened Massassauga Rattlesnakes in Georgian Bay; The turtle is a threatened Blanding’s Turtle in Mud Lake, Ottawa