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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just for fun: Who would Attenborough save?

If you get BBC channels, then you may already know which ten species superstar naturalist Sir David Attenborough would save if he were in charge of an ark. For the rest of us, here's the list complete with pictures. You can read more about his rationale for choosing these particular creatures here.

1. The black lion tamarin
Image by Stavenn.

2. The Sumatran Rhino
Image by AlanB, May 18, 2007.

3. The Solenodon

Image by Frank Wouters, 2/4/2008.

4. The Olm salamander (a blind cave dweller than can live for a hundred years and go a decade without eating)
Image by Ranko, 7/13/2008.

5. The Marvellous Spatuletail hummingbird
Image by Roger Ahiman.

6. Darwin’s frog

Image by Mono Andes 7/28/2006.

7. The Sunda pangolin
Image by Stephen Hogg/WWF Malaysia.

A Sunda pangolin, not putting up much of a fight (Image: Stephen Hogg/WWF Malaysia)

8. Priam’s birding butterfly
Image by Barbara Stmadova, 2003.

9. The Northern Quoll (a marsupial)
Image by Wildlife Explorer 12/9/2009.

10. Venus’s flower basket (a sponge).

external image Venus-Flower-Basket.jpg

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