Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Nepal's Extinct Bird, Not
These lesser 'resurrections' of species once considered extinct are not uncommon. About a third of mammals thought to be extinct have been rediscovered, thirteen of which are Australian natives. For example a small population of Gilbert's potoroo, a marsupial that looks like a guinea pig with a long nose, was rediscovered in in Western Australia in 1994 after a hundred year absence. Nevertheless, rediscoveries are important because they give scientists an opportunity to study a poorly known species, and perhaps intervene to help it survive in the wild. Nepal is home to 878 species of birds about twenty percent of which are threatened with extinction according to the London Zoological Society.