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Friday, January 30, 2009

Last Chance to See

Tetrapod Zoology has an article today on the Kakapo, a type of parrot from New Zealand. They are very interesting and quite weird creatures. This prompted a remembrance of Douglas Adams' Parrots, the Universe, and Everything, a talk he gave which was on UCTV (University of California.) Brett and I saw this years ago and if you ever get a chance to see it, it's worth it. For those of you who can download large amounts of data (we can't), it is available on YouTube. It runs an hour and a half.

This is based on Adams' book, Last Chance to See, in which he talks about some of the most endangered species on earth. The book is more than ten years old now, so the species may have changed, but it is still worth a read if you want to hear about booming parrots and trying to buy condoms in China.

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