“Go home!” With kids cheering, this command from the audience sends the black vulture hopping for her carrier. Yesterday we enjoyed the afternoon at a Bird of Prey Celebration with John at Last Chance in Texas Hill Country.
After a predator walk with owls and hawks and a fast flying falcon demonstration…
…came the highlight of the day. A young Red Tailed Hawk, after a healing broken wing, is set free.
What a treat to watch a bird once left for dead find new life on the wing!
On as more global, but sad note:
Did you know that the bush meat market worth millions of dollars ranks third in illegal trafficking? Right behind drugs and guns! Thousands of buck, primates and other animals and birds die painfully in snares each day. The gorilla population has been reduced by 50% in the last 10 years, leaving some species hovering precariously in the low hundreds.
The latest from Dairen Simpson (wildlife conservation capture expert) currently in Belize before coming to an event with Nikela in the Texas Hill Country. A recent email exchange with Russ:
Dairen reports I’m …“catching Kinkajous and Pacas right now, won’t start Tapirs and Jags until the first of the month.Very hot and slow going out in the “Pine Savannah”.Beautifull, but very HOT!!!”
Did you know that in a relatively recent study eight year olds were better able to determine Pokémon characters than wildlife species? It doesn’t have to be that way. Get your kids and grandkids out into the wilds. And just like our eight year old grandson after experiencing wild creatures, might ask, “Why would anyone want to hurt them?”
A bit of education, I had to look up the first two little guys too:
The kinkajou also known as the honey bear (a name it shares with the sun bear), is a rainforest mammal.
Pacas primarily live in tropical rainforests (no good photo availalbe.) A tapir is a large browsing mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout.
Of course we’re much more familiar with the jaguar, South America’s counterpart to the African leopard.