Saturday, April 5, 2014

How to see a Jaguar in the Wild...

... destroy its habitat.
keep seeing this BBC documentary on our education channel where the crew got very excited to capture a jaguar on one of their trip cameras.
My hunter guy was just telling me that he saw three jaguars, two margays and two ocelots on a recent trip down past the 'waist' of Guyana. I thought there was protected territory but apparently it has been 'sold' to the Chinese who are busy cutting down the trees-- yep the virgin rainforest soon will be no more-- my guy said that the diameter of one log was coming under 6 feet. Even allowing for exaggeration, the implication that we have no clue about what is going on past Linden is fairly worrying.  I guess there's not much publicity about it cos there are little or no Guyanese workers! You would think after all the environmental damage in China they would be at least a bit concerned about climate change?  But these International agreements are dependent on the locals to institute protection clauses? It was said that the huge tract of land given to the Barbadians is part of the Rupununi wetlands- for large-scale agriculture; and there are currently no laws governing what chemicals can be used - Rachel Carson must be turning in her grave--as apparently the people signing these agreements are totally unconcerned about the long-term effects on the environment.  Wonder how long it would take for people to realise another 'road' is being built in prime forest-- the Human Rights people managed to get a local mining concession halted in the deep south but the Chinese seem to be operating in broad daylight.
So the poor elusive jaguars are now very visible.

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