The day is starting off pretty well so far, although a disarming
story in the morning paper has set me thinking.
It seems that some species are being set up for extinction at a
faster and faster pace. Are you even trying here?
The buffy-tufted-ear marmoset is one of the latest little guys
in trouble. Some other type of marmoset is taking over—didn’t
follow the story exactly.
But, we can look forward to brighter horizons because today
scientists have the tools of smartphones and iNaturalist type
apps (I don’t know what I’m talking about here) and when they
spot an animal (or plant) it’s easier to provide a safe environment
for it to continue to thrive.
This new study–I guess it’s new–was done by Stuart Pimm of
Duke University and Clinton Jenkins of the Institute of Ecological
Research in Brazil.
And there have already been some success stories. For instance,
says Jenkins, “One success story . . .golden lion tamarin . . .”
(I was cutting out there–)
“Now there are more tamarins than there are places to put them,”
So there you have it. I think that’s progress.