The phrase 'as dead as a dodo' reminds us that this extraordinary creature is really gone forever and we will never be able to see a living specimen. It has been extinct since the 17th century. The dodo was a large, heavy, flightless bird, related to the pigeon, living on the island of Mauritius. It did not know that humans were a threat to it and laid its eggs on the ground.
When people first arrived on Mauritius, they brought with them other animals such as cats, pigs, rats and monkeys. These animals killed the dodos and ate their eggs. Matters were made worse by human destruction of their forest habitat.
Going, Going, Gone…
Here in our ecological house, we can create spaces for conservation, just as Scripture tells us that Noah took animals into the Ark to protect them from the Flood.
The point is though, that those animals in the story were able to be released back into the wild and to flourish and prosper again. The problem we face today is that even if we keep animals and breed them in captivity, that is not the same as enabling them to co-exist with us in the wild.
Some other recently extinct creatures you might like to think about include:
- The Golden Toad
- The American Parakeet
What do you want to do now? Where else will your journey take you?
If you continue on the green pathway you can choose to:
- Resources: find more information on the Internet, explore resources such as a CO2 emission calculator, and choose books to further your knowledge.
- Arts: Discover films, TV programmes and music that relate to ecological issues.
- Meal: prepare a welcoming meal to share with others using a recipe we provide.