Continuing this series of haikus to introduce you to some lesser known endangered species. I am trying to present a variety of animals from different nations. Today I have a mammal from West and Central Africa, a bird from North Africa to India, and an amphibian from SE USA.
DRILL – pink-bummed baboon!
Grooming, chattering in groups.
Forest fun no more.
In the wild only a single population is known in the Korup Reserve in Cameroon. Fauna and Flora International (FFI) are involved in the Drill Rehabilitation and Breeding Center in Nigeria. It aims to rehabilitate orphaned drill and raise awareness of the plight of this species locally. Large groups of noisy drills are an easy target for hunters, especially in cleared forests.
Pharaoh’s chicken scavenger.
Illegal hunting of the Egyptian Vulture and direct persecution still occur. In Spain, France Greece and Turkey farmers who believe wrongly that it carries disease, poison the vulture! It is the first bird ever to be protected by law. One enamored Pharoah established the death penalty for anyone harming this bird, which he saw as one of nature’s cleaners!
Local groups, such as Projecto Life in Spain, are working on protecting and promoting this species.
FLORIDA BOG FROG.
In shallow streams he survives,
under Cedar trees.
The Florida bog frog is a rare species (they weren’t discovered until 1982) and special care needs to be taken in order to ensure their continued survival. They will make their homes in or near shallow, non-stagnant streams, which have somewhat acidic water. They do face some threat to their habitat as the residential areas where they live convert streams into chains of lakes. Hopefully, the Florida bog frog will overcome its obstacles and continue its peaceful coexistence with humans. Such a unique amphibian deserves to live and prosper far into the future.
Click for Florida Bog Frog Call Audio, to listen to his mating call, a kind of chuckle!
I am also very lucky to be guest posting today on Susanna Leonard Hill’s vibrant kid lit blog: Joanna Marple demystifies the uTales Process