Thursday, February 4, 2010

Avian Ambassador

Sirocco, New Zealand's celebrity kakapo parrot, is the Spokesbird for the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity, What a great choice! He's clearly a bird of great charisma.

Sirocco caught the public eye in 2009, when he was featured in a BBC documentary, Last Chance to See, and tried to mate with the presenter. That appearance, posted to YouTube, got half a million hits and turned him into a celebrity,
I admit I'm unfamiliar with his species, the kakapo. Sirocco is one of only 124 kakapos left, but even that is considered a success because the population is increasing.
The International Year of Biodiversity is shining attention on the importance of biodiversity, Genetic diversity is important in domestic livestock as well as in wildlife. Support conservation of traditional poultry by starting a flock in your yard.

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