Happy New Year / あけましておめでとう

January 1, 2011

30 August 1974, Japan
Nature Conservation Series: Mammals
Amami Rabbit

Happy New Year!

This is the year of rabbit in Chinese astrology, which consists of 12 dedicated animals.  This rabbit from the South Island of Japan is an ancient type of rabbit, now endangered.  Mongooses released by island residents to kill poisonous snakes have killed a large number of Amami rabbits, too…

I would like to learn more about those delicate balances of enironment and biodiversity this year.

あけましておめでとうございます。
新年もよろしくお願いします。

このブログを始めてから2度目の元旦は、干支の兎です。離島に生息し古代のウサギの名残をとどめているこのアマミノクロウサギは、残念ながらかなり数が減っているようです。理由は、毒蛇を減らそうと島に持ち込まれたマングースと、ペットの犬猫らしい。

生態系とはデリケートなものなのですね。今年は生物多様性についてもう少し学びたいと思います。

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