On World Elephant Day I’m posting a photo of a fishing cat … why?

On World Elephant Day I’m posting a photo I took of a fishing cat. “Why Jack, Why? Why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why?” you ask. Ok, settle down, shut up and listen. We’ve just had tiger day. We’ve just lion day. We’re always having days. Yet tigers and lions are barely hanging on. Asian elephants are in trouble in many places as are African elephants. These three species are what are known as icon species and from a conservation standpoint they are part of a strategy where they are designated umbrella species, that is using the premise of protect the icon then everything in their habitat is protected. Well guess what … “what Jack what?” … I hear you say, ok we’ve been through that, just be quiet and read. The umbrella species protection strategy is full of holes, it is far from being a full proof model. As someone who spends most of his time on leopards, believe me. Little defended species like fishing cats are in real trouble because their habitat is so degraded in many places, even in so called protected areas. The big pointer in all this is the panda (ironic when you consider it as an emblem) which has more money spent on it than wontons eaten in an average day in Wuhan (a lot). In the Panda’s range the leopard and wolf have almost disappeared. I say forget these ‘days’ when all of a sudden everybody starts telling everyone else to save this, save that while doing very little themselves. Instead, every day should be wildlife day and we quietly but determinedly get on with protecting everything we can…

Link to article in PHYS.ORG – Leopards, wolves vanishing from panda conservation areas: study