Why bother to clean it up when you can just move the Capitol to another less-polluted city. Indonesia is not exactly at the forefront of conservation as within its boundaries their sub-species of tigers, orangutans, elephants and rhinos (there are others) are at risk in that country wherever they occur, due to habitat loss, palm oil plantations, other types of farming and development, poaching, pollution,climate change, illegal logging, etc, etc; and I guess just not caring enough.
Indonesia is the worlds most populated country on a square foot basis- this is not the wildlife’s fault, though!
India has been boasting that the Tiger population within its jurisdiction has increased to over 3000 individuals. While this is good and requires congratulations, we should look at the not too distant past for a proper Tiger perspective.
It has been reported that British Colonial hunters, often riding on elephants, killed over 80,000 tigers in the 1920’s. In the late 1950’s there was a total world tiger population of 45,000, plus or minus.
In the 1940’s, the Balinese tiger became extinct. In the 1970’s the Caspian Tiger, which once roamed in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, southern Russia and elsewhere, became extinct. In the 1980’s the Javan Tiger became extinct. In the 1990’s the South China Tiger was last seen in the wild.
Today, the world Tiger population is believed to be below 5000. In Sumatra the population is believed to be 450-650, but under constant pressure from palm oil producers. The Tiger is extinct in Cambodia, there are 85 in Myanmar, 20 in Vietnam and 252 in Thailand.
Good for India in trying to bring back the populations there. But Tigers are still under siege in India and elsewhere, from hunting, the growth of agriculture, population development pressures, general habitat degradation, etc, etc.
Mark, Petition Link – https://actions.sumofus.org/a/yum-brands-no-to-deforestation/?akid=53135.7697051.fZEEeN&rd=1&source=fwd&t=13 Magnificent rainforests in Asia and South America are being slashed and set ablaze to produce palm oil, soy, beef and paper — driving out the precious orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other endangered animals who call those trees home. But fast food giants Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell have […]
It is the story of the loss of habitat, of all animal life and premature death. The swamp forests of the Leuser ecosystem are home to most of Sumatra’s orangutans, and Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, thrives in its rainforests. Four million indigenous people depend on their water supplies and food for the […]
This 11 May 2019 video says about itself:
From the Gladstone Institutes in the USA:
Komodo dragon genome reveals clues about its evolution
July 29, 2019
Summary: A new study provides the first high-resolution sequence of the Komodo dragon, as well as insight into how it evolved.
The Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world. These predators weighing up to 200 pounds can detect their prey from up to 7.5 miles away. And although they are cold-blooded, they can ramp up their metabolism to near mammalian levels, which gives them great speed and endurance. However, scientists have understood little about how the DNA of these remarkable lizards encodes such astounding characteristics.
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Asia’s largest terrestrial mammal, the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is slightly smaller than its African cousin and can be distinguished by its smaller ears and more arched back. Found across the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, this magnificent species plays an immense role in Asian culture as a symbol of wisdom and great power. For […]
Last week I was fortunate enough to see the premiere of ITV’s new documentary, Wild Borneo Adventure featuring Judi Dench on a David Attenborough-style expedition observing some of the oldest rainforests in the world. Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty cool but what on earth has this got to do with travel? Well, […]