27 January 2012

In The Wild (From Bali With Love)

Out of the blue news for you today: two interesting articles surfaced regarding Indonesia's wildlife.

The Sumatran Elephant is now on the critically endangered species listing with estimates of just over 2,000 remaining in the wild.
Taken from Voice of America

You may have heard of Sumatra's rain forests or even the Sumatran coffee bean sold at American Starbucks locations, but for those of you who may not know, Sumatra is the largest island out of Indonesia's 17,000+ islands and it sits along the far western point of the country.

In other news, a monkey species, the Miller's Grizzled Langur, was found deep in the Indonesian jungles of Borneo. The reason this discovery is so amazing is because this monkey species was thought to long be extinct and according to the article, there are only sketched illustrations of the species in museums, but no actual photographic evidence of their existence.

Just goes to show you, Indonesia is made up of so many interesting creatures, diverse people, national reserves and untapped natural resources far more rich than any other country.

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