Around the World in 50 Weeks – A,B,C Endangered Species Haiku

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African lion,

noble and vulnerable.

So proud of his pride. 

Fewer than 21,000 remain in all of Africa.

Support this species through Wildlife Direct or Born Free.



Click on image for more Bactrian camel facts

Bactrian camel,

survives sun, sand, winter storm,

but not miners’ guns.

The only truly wild camels that still exist are Bactrian camels. These herds survive in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China but number less than 1,000 and this species is critically endangered.

Support this species through The Wild Camel Protection Foundation (whose patron is Jane Goodall)



Click on image for more cheetah facts

Cheetah, champion –

faster than some super-cars.

can’t outrun  man’s greed. 

Today there are just 12,400 cheetahs remaining in the wild, and the biggest African population is currently located in Namibia with about 2,500 individuals.

Support this species through the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

For all you animal lovers, I hope you contain yourselves at the news that I will be posting an interview with Born Free’s star and animal advocate, Virginia McKenna, on June 20th!

© Copyright – Joanna Marple, 2012




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16 Responses to Around the World in 50 Weeks – A,B,C Endangered Species Haiku

  1. Krista says:

    Love this post! Thank you, Joanna.

  2. Beautiful post Joanna. Love the free verse you wrote with each animal! Such an important post. All the organizatins are wonderful. Really Love Born Free,, enjoyed seeing what Jane Goodall is doing with the Bactrian Camel. My grandson is the cheetah advocate in the family. Such an important post.

    Wow, an interview with Virginia McKenna! Loved “Born Free.” Can’t wait unti next week./

  3. HUGE gasp of excitement at your news of an interview with Virginia McKenna! I wonder how many times I read her book Born Free in my younger days? I saw the movie, too, of course, but it’s the book that really made an impression on me.

    This is a wonderful post, Joanna. I hope you will be taking us through the entire alphabet as the weeks go on (I don’t ask much, do I?) Great photos, evocative poetry, and excellent links.

    (I know what song will be in my head for the balance of the morning! Lovely!)

  4. Joanna says:

    I am so excited that she agreed to be interviewed, what an amazing lady!!

    Thank you, Beth, yes I do plan to do the entire A-Z!

  5. The Haiku’s are wonderful! Will the rest of the alphabet follow?
    I CAN”T WAIT for the interview! One of my absolute film fav’s is Ring of Bright Water! Also have to share this: 5 years ago, on a regular library run, the librarian’s at the children’s desk asked my daughter what personal choice she had made for summer reading. Olivia answered, “Born Free”, and all 3 librarians broke into song!

  6. Joanna says:

    Thank you Julie. Yes I would like to do the full A-z :-).

    I saw Ring of Bright Water before Borne Free and so love it and the setting up in Scotland!! I have both films on DVD!

    LOVE Olivia’s answer and the librarian chorus!!!

  7. Lovely words, but sad information. I saw a mom cheetah with her cubs while on safari. Our guide wouldn’t leave them until we called in some rangers (?) to shoo away another vehicle, because the guide thought they might be trying to steal the cubs.

  8. Cathy Mealey says:

    Virginia McKenna! Ooohh, exciting!

  9. Joanna says:

    I am so happy this wonderful lady was willing to be interviewed!

  10. Lovely post! Wonderful haikus (or is the plural also haiku?) – either way, terrific 🙂 I’ll look forward to your June 20th post!

  11. Joanna says:

    I need to check about the plural of haiku, as I am not sure. 🙂

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