January 27, 2015
Kottke posts an anecdote from a talk Michael Crichton gave in 2005 about how mismanagement by the park service has robbed future generations of the heritage Theodore Roosevelt wrote about in 1903:
Roosevelt saw a thousand antelope, plentiful cougar, mountain sheep, deer, coyote and many thousands of elk. He wrote at that time, “Our people should see to it that this rich heritage is preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with its majestic beauty all unmarred.”
The full transcript is worth a read.
I really hope we get better at conservation.
January 20, 2015
Great news from India:
India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.
Presenting the findings of the latest tiger census, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the tiger population had risen from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.
Last year I watched the documentary that follows the Head of Tigers (probably not his actual title) at Australia Zoo (the Sumatran tigers there are amazing) and part of it showed him travelling to Indonesia to see the guys fighting tiger poaching; it was pretty upsetting stuff. We have to try harder to conserve and protect.