Local Heart, Global Soul

June 8, 2019

If Zoo’s Are Little Arks, Tuatara Are One Of The Oldest Inhabitants…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this second-part of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, I’m looking close up at some of the detail.

The Dutch language information board translates as: “To the zoo“, “There are about 75 zoos in the Netherlands: big and small, each with its own character and specialties.

On safari, just reptiles, monkeys or birds, or a major collection of various animals from all over the world: You can find it all in the Netherlands.

A very special attraction is the Panda which arrived this year at Ouwehands Dierenpark (Dierenpark = Zoo) in Rhenen”.

The little girl points excitedly at the monkeys, but if I have to have a favourite it would be either the elephant or the iguana, sculpting those spikes can not have been easy.

The Iguana reminds me of New Zealand’s very special lizard, the Tuatara (pronounced: “too ah tar rah” which DOC (New Zealand’s Department of Conservation) tells us:

Tuatara are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia, which was well represented by many species during the age of the dinosaurs, some 200 million years ago. All species except the tuatara declined and eventually became extinct about 60 million years ago. Tuatara are therefore of huge international interest to biologists. They are recognised internationally and within New Zealand as species in need of active conservation management.

The tuatara is a single species Sphenodon punctatus. A second species Sphenodon guntheri was recognised in 1989 but discontinued in 2009 when research concluded tuatara is best described as one species.”

NZ Department of Conservation / Tuatara / Native Lizard / New Zealand

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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