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Tapirs instead of bluebirds

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1/13/2009 -- Tapirs instead of bluebirds

Tapir Noel? OK, we switch focus from bluebirds to tapirs now :) Actually I was looking for Christmas gifts where at least a portion of the proceeds is donated to environmental projects (as in the respective "green tip" on this site - we try ...). So I ended up having a very nice conversation with Sheryl, the person behind "" , getting some background information on the "Tapir Preservation Fund" - and finally also on who we caught on camera in Costa Rica (see picture on the right). With the kind help of the current project lead of "The Baird's Tapir Project of Costa Rica" we figured out we probably photographed "Noel". Isn't that nice?

On the other hand, allow me the preachiness again, I hope we do not know all the individuals of that species by name (which would be a worrying sign about the number of individuals left). -- In fact, in the National Geographic 10/2008 was a listing of all remaining (adult) individuals of a specific whale species - maybe not by name, but on a mere 3 pages.

Let me end with something positive here: the Costa Ricans seem to be very conscious about preserving the green state of their country. According to Wikipedia more than 25% of the country are protected areas, and more than 50% are forested; "A large animal needs a large area. If you protect that area, you're also protecting thousands of other plants and animals. You're saving all these species that future generations will want - you're saving the world for your children and your children's children." (George Schaller). Well, there are positive news as well! :)

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