27 May, 2013

The Kakapo Parrot: is the World's Most Favorite Species

The Kakapo Parrot
If asked to choose which animal is their most favorite, most people's choice would be an animal that is common and known to most people. My choice is the elephant; of all animals, for many reasons - I like and love elephants. ARkive, a charitable non-profit organization, recently asked people around the world to vote on and say what their World's Favourite Species is, and the result is surprising but very encouraging. Furthest from my thoughts, was a creature that very few people know of or have heard of; and even fewer, have seen: a critically endangered, flightless, heavy parrot found in the wild only in New Zealand. The Kakapo - scientific name Strigops habroptila.
The magnificent kakapo stole 9% of the total votes. It’s a beautiful bird that cannot fly and is only found in New Zealand. But from the many thousands of creatures with which we share our precious planet, what made the kakapo stand out from the crowd? For most of you, tragically, it was the kakapo’s Critically Endangered status. We hope the title of World’s Favourite Species will bring it the attention it deserves. Know more of the World's Top 10 favorite species...
The Kakapo is very rare, critically endangered and very cuddly. Though I did not vote for it, I applaud and congratulate all those who did. This media exposure might, in a way, help in saving from extinction in the wild, this strange, greenish, nocturnal bird. How many people know or have heard of or are aware of this amazing bird? Very, very very few indeed. Just as very, very few people have knowledge or are aware of the many creatures that share this Planet with us; with an extensive and huge data and information, ARkive's website can help you know many of these creatures.

+ ARkive: Facts and Photos of the Kakapo
+ BBC: on the Kakapo
+ Kakapo Recovery
+ National Geographic
+ Kiwi Conservation Club
+ A-Z Of Animals
+ New Zealand Government
+ The Fabulous Kakapo
+ News About the Kakapo 
+ Images of the Kakapo Parrot

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