Autumn Conservation Festival Part 3

These are some more photos from the Autumn Conservation Festival!

One of the things I loved about the festival was seeing all of the informational posters everywhere. I took lots of photos because I just didn’t have a chance to read them all while I was there. There was SO much to see and do!

While we were there we saw a LIVE black-footed ferret (he was sleeping). This was incredible and really had a lot of meaning for me. Anyone is lucky to see a live black-footed ferret because these guys were extinct in the wild for some time. In fact, they were believed to be completely extinct until a very few were rediscovered in 1981. So when I was born, they were thought to be extinct; when I was 1, they were re-discovered and brought into captivity, and today there are populations of black-footed ferrets living in the wild. Although they have a ways to go and the recovery efforts need to be continued, they’ve come a very long way in a short amount of time. Their story is fascinating and you can read more about all the details here.

We saw some pretty amazing bones while we were there. This is an elephant’s jaw bone. I had no idea that an elephant’s teeth are similar to a conveyor belt – they are formed up in the back of the mouth and then just move forward when the ones in the front wear out. We saw all kinds of bones. From HUGE whale bones to tiny bird bones. You can learn an amazing amount of knowledge from examining a creature’s bones.

We saw some red-crowned cranes while we were there! They were so much fun to watch foraging for little insects. I love watching birds.

Maned wolves. Most of them were sleeping when we got to see them, but they were incredibly gorgeous none-the-less. These guys are Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

Red pandas!!!!

Baby Turtle…I apologize…I’m losing steam on writing captions. I had a wisdom tooth pulled earlier this week and I’ve been sick since then – apparently from the weakend immune system from the tooth pull and a virus on top of that…yay. I’ve just wanted to get these photos on here for weeks, so I’m taking the time to do it now. So enjoy the photos, not the text =)

Last, but certainly not least, the przewalski’s horse. The last true wild horse, the Przewalski’s horse is the only surviving ancestor of the domestic horse. These horses were extinct in the wild for some time, but captive Przewalski’s horses were bred and released into the wild to form wild populations. Yet another animal that was gone from the planet in the wild. GONE. G-O-N-E. Can you imagine this amazing creature being TOTALLY GONE? I can’t. What about some of the better known animals like tigers? What if they were extinct? What about giant pandas…or lions…or snow leopards…or red wolves. Can you imagine a world without these animals? I can’t and I don’t want to. Now’s the time to step up and make a change.

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