I just wanted to saw a big thank you to the growing community out there who are using this forum. When I set this up on wordpress I hoped it would become a place where we could all share and request information, as well as post pictures of species we wanted to ID etc. The forum has been growing slowly but in the last few weeks in particular I’ve noticed more activity with some great advice on trip planning coming in, as well as expert help with animals IDs. So thank you to all who take the time to help others.
I set up the mammalwatching site and this forum to try to take some of the luck out of mammal watching. To try to increase people’s chances of finding what they were looking for. I’ve long had a theory that its possible to see just about every species of mammal in the world relatively easily (note easy is not the same as cheaply!) so long as we go to the right place at the right time and search in the right way. But for many species most of us don’t know where the right place is and so we rely often more on luck than judgement. Slowly we are discovering the right places and sharing what we find. And then, around those right places, a cottage industry of mammal tours can spring up which generally ought to help protect the species (though I know it can bring problems too). Twenty years ago when I started getting interested in mammals I think the idea of seeing a Snow Leopard, a Giant Panda, a Jaguar or even an Iberian Lynx were a pipedream. But now finding them is more than likely in Hemis, the Quinling Mountains, the Pantanal or Andujar. I wonder which of the megaspecies we are going to find sites for in the next 20 years? Sumatran Rhino? Okapi? Unicorn?
And for those who read, but don’t post, can I please try to encourage everyone to post whatever they want (within reason!). This site is meant to be for everyone and I’m thrilled when new people post, even if its just to say g’day or to suggest things I could do better or differently to make the site more useful.
So thanks again everyone.