E.J.Wilkins

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Lisbon Zoo


Goodbye Javan Rhino?

I hope not.

Lisbon Zoo's "Mission Statement" is as follows :-

Desenvolver e promover um parque, tanto zoológico como botânico, como um centro de conservação, reprodução e reintrodução no seu habitat natural de espécies em vias de extinção, através da investigação científica e de programas de enriquecimento ambiental.
Promover este importante espaço em que aliada à educação está uma forte componente de entretenimento e diversão.

Very loosely translated (I do not speak Portuguese) it means they aim to provide a centre of conservation and breeding for reintroduction into the native habitat for those species facing extinction.

The aim is also to provide educational facilities.

That's what I think zoos are now for - to try to save some species from extinction and also to educate the public so that they understand how important it is. Let me try to explain.

I have seen pictures of Rhinoceroses. I have seen drawings and statues, including those at the Tower of Belem dating from 16th century, but none of these prepared me for my first sight of a real Javan Rhino and oh my, what a magnificent creature it is.

I defy anybody who has ever set eyes on this creature to believe that conservation is a waste of time. I want my grandchildren and my great grandchildren to be able to see these creatures in the wild, and it's places like Lisbon Zoo that will play their part in ensuring it happens.

The Javan Rhino is now on the Red List of Critically Endangered Species. There are less than 60 surviving in the wild. There are 40-50 in Indonesia and perhaps as few as 5 in Vietnam

The sad thing is that if a Rhino could be a pet some people would be working out how to keep them confined indoors as "house pets" and might even have their toe nails removed because they spoil the carpet. Instead, some of these same people insist that zoos are bad, they forget that there are so few left in that wild breeding on its own is not enough to save the species, and mankind will continue to destroy these particular animals so they can grind down their horns to use as an aphrodisiac. What an appalling waste - viagra is cheaper!
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Lisbon Zoo


Goodbye Javan Rhino?

I hope not.

Lisbon Zoo's "Mission Statement" is as follows :-

Desenvolver e promover um parque, tanto zoológico como botânico, como um centro de conservação, reprodução e reintrodução no seu habitat natural de espécies em vias de extinção, através da investigação científica e de programas de enriquecimento ambiental.
Promover este importante espaço em que aliada à educação está uma forte componente de entretenimento e diversão.

Very loosely translated (I do not speak Portuguese) it means they aim to provide a centre of conservation and breeding for reintroduction into the native habitat for those species facing extinction.

The aim is also to provide educational facilities.

That's what I think zoos are now for - to try to save some species from extinction and also to educate the public so that they understand how important it is. Let me try to explain.

I have seen pictures of Rhinoceroses. I have seen drawings and statues, including those at the Tower of Belem dating from 16th century, but none of these prepared me for my first sight of a real Javan Rhino and oh my, what a magnificent creature it is.

I defy anybody who has ever set eyes on this creature to believe that conservation is a waste of time. I want my grandchildren and my great grandchildren to be able to see these creatures in the wild, and it's places like Lisbon Zoo that will play their part in ensuring it happens.

The Javan Rhino is now on the Red List of Critically Endangered Species. There are less than 60 surviving in the wild. There are 40-50 in Indonesia and perhaps as few as 5 in Vietnam

The sad thing is that if a Rhino could be a pet some people would be working out how to keep them confined indoors as "house pets" and might even have their toe nails removed because they spoil the carpet. Instead, some of these same people insist that zoos are bad, they forget that there are so few left in that wild breeding on its own is not enough to save the species, and mankind will continue to destroy these particular animals so they can grind down their horns to use as an aphrodisiac. What an appalling waste - viagra is cheaper!
.

comments (21)

  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2008, 08:02
Thought for a moment he had a knot in his tail! Clearly he has had enough of the limelight ;o)
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2008, 09:24
I see he is presenting his best side to the camera! I know zoos do excellent conservation work, but I still don't like visiting them. I just don't like the idea of animal as spectacle.
Ingrid
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Oct 2008, 11:28
Really impressive image, Ellie.

It would be a great pity if this species ceased to be, just as it is so for all the others that have already been lost.

A week or so ago, I spent a few days in Southern Laos, where I was fortunate enough to see a couple of the highly endangered Irrawady Dolphin, a whale species that lives in the Mekong river...it sensitised me to the plight of endangered species.

[That said...eerrr...about this source of cheap v**gra....?] [grin]
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Oct 2008, 11:53
Ha ha!
Shutterchance spam alert wouldn't let me use the "V" word!
How cute!
EJWilkins: Odd that, it didn't stop me including it in my narrative, but I suppose the spam codes aren't included there.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2008, 12:24
A lovely shot, Ellie. If I ever come across anything like this in the street, I will immediately be able to identify it as a Javan Rhino I, too, thought he had a knot in his tail!

I'm all in favour of zoos such as this.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 27 Oct 2008, 12:24
Love the detail on his rear.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Oct 2008, 12:30
Although we are seeing the end of the rhino, I hope it is not the end of the rhino wink
That good textures have this photo. He is ideal to work it by zones! Bravo!
Details and texture are amazing Ellie. Fine shot.
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 27 Oct 2008, 14:58
You are so right in what you say. Zoos play a very important role in conservation and education

A terrific post and photograph, yet another species that mankind is happy to wipe out through selfishness and greed
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 27 Oct 2008, 15:29
How can we not laugh out loud, Ellie!!! grin
That is a very ornate backside. Have you got any front views? Yes sadly the zoos may be instrumental in saving species.
EJWilkins: Yes, I have got front views, but with this creature on the critical list I thought a farewell was more appropriate. I just hope we can sort it out, that the captive breeding programmes work ...
What you say makes so much sense Ellie. It's a real dilemna as in our heart of hearts we all want all the endangered species space to roam free... It's so important and essential for the Earth's bio-diversity. So many people people dismiss the loss of a species, even if it is a non descript insect, with a shrug of the shoulders. We all need reminding of how sacred the earth is and images like this will surely keep us focused and may even heighten the awareness of those who are less concerned. richard
Magnificent detail in this photo. Really well done, Ellie.
I agree with you totally Ellie. I don't like to see animals as a spectacle, but if zoos can educate the public and save endangered species then they have a great value.
It certainly is a good thing that these zoos and wildlife parks do to ensure that rare breeds continue on after we have gone Ellie, this is a magnificent creature, even from the rear.
REALLY POWERFUL!!!! smile
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 27 Oct 2008, 23:05
What an amazing capture. The bumps, bulges and wrinkles of the skin (hide) are excellent. You really did this one well!
Unusual angle but never the less a great photo
funny angle
Ellie, I am so slow getting up to speed on here, but I just had to comment on this wonderful image, and the sentiment that goes with it. (:o)
EJWilkins: I'm a bit slow too, had unexpected visitors from Sunday and now it's half term - with all that entails!
I'm glad you were able to find time to comment on this one, and that you appreciate my sentiments. So many time when people share pictures of animals in zoos they are met with anti-zoo comments, which I can understand but .. well, I'm sure you know what I mean ...

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