Sunday, January 4, 2015

Parrots, the Universe and Everything

For a good time, listen to Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, describe his experiences researching several endangered species for a BBC radio documentary entitled Last Chance To See. These are animals that are being driven to extinction by mankind’s thoughtless intrusion into their habitats. If this doesn’t turn you into a conservationist nothing will, but his description of traveling through places like Madagascar, Komodo Island, China and New Zealand will have you rolling on the floor, so laugh and cry at the same time. You’ll be glad you watched this. Really, you will.

Adams died of a heart attack just a couple of days after this talk. He would probably have been saddened, but not the least bit surprised, that the things he describes here have only gotten worse over the last decade.

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