Endangered Species - Save by Adopting as Pets
Mike Archer, Director of the Australian Museum in Sydney wants to
use endangered Australian animals as pets to save endangered species.
He says "No animal that human beings have turned into a domestic pet
has ever died out. It's the ones we don't value that become extinct."
Professor Archer wants Australians to stop keeping the usual run of
the mill pet animals and replace them with some of Australia's numerous
endangered species. He says that such animals as the:
Sugar Glider (a form of small flying squirrel)
Greater Glider (a type of possum)
Mitchell's Hopping Mouse
keeping them, Australians would develop a greater understanding
and concern for the plight of such creatures in the wild.
conservationists in the UK, which includes the majority of zoo personnel,
such an idea is anathema.
have long argued that domesticating all sorts of common exotic species
happily satisfies the very human urge to keeping something "different".
So what it is a colour mutation worth hundreds, if not thousands,
of pounds, such as many snakes and lizards have these days? It's
not having any negative effect on conservation – far from it. It
is creating an alternative demand for captive-bred specimens, as
opposed to animals transported from the wild. What's more, there
is a highly-educational function, involving a detailed knowledge
of the creatures' habits and genetics, to be developed if you are
going to tackle the subject seriously.
Australian Wildlife and Ecosystems
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Videos: rainforests, mangroves, Great Barrier Reef, arid inland,
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