Photos of mutilated rhino corpses have become all too familiar to conservationists lately. Sadly Rhino horn has been making a comeback on the east-Asian black market, mainly fuelled by the myth that it is effective at curing various minor ailments, such as hangovers and fevers, as well as major diseases such as cancer.
I was just reminded by a recent paper of a video clip from Hobart Zoo of a thylacine, sometimes called a Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf. I have always found it very moving. It’s believed to show the last of the species – it’s not actually known if it was male or female, but the nickname Benjamin seems to have stuck. I find myself wishing that I could see one, study one, that it was still here. Read the rest of this entry