Friday, December 19, 2008

Fun Fact #1: Did you know....

... there are penguins in Peru? They are called Humboldt penguins and they eat Anchovies. They are endangered because their poo (guano) is so valuable and harvesting it is very destructive to their habitat :( I am glad my poo is not so valuable that people come wreck my house to get it.

So you may have known there are penguins in Peru, but did you know there are FLAMINGOs in Peru? Ok maybe you knew that, but did you know there are not one, not two, but THREE species of flamingos in Peru: the James's Flamingo, the Andean flamingo, and the most common of the three, the Chilean flamingo?
The first two species, the James's and Andean, are represented by only about 50,000 and 35,000 birds, respectively, making them the world's rarest and most endangered of all flamingoes. These population estimates are quite precise and are the result of a four-nation, cooperative flamingo conservation program first organized in 1996 by the Peruvian conservation group, Peru Verde. The program, which is known as The Conservation Group for Flamingoes of the High Andes, or TCGFFOTHA, has successfully organized simultaneous flamingo counts by trained teams from northern Chile, southwestern Bolivia, northwestern Argentina, and southern Peru. This program has for the first time yielded accurate estimates of the global populations of the two threatened species, which live over a California- or Germany-sized area in the south-central Andes.
Apparently birders and biologists argue about which of the three species of flamingos found in Peru is the most beautiful. Which one do you like the best?

#1 James's Flamingo

#2 Andean Flamingo

#3 Chilean Flamingo

You can place your vote in the voter tally on the righthand side bar!!! Ok. So you ka-razy know-it-alls may have even known that there are not one, not two, but three species of flamingos in Peru and you may have known there are endangered anchovie-eating Humboldt penguins in Peru, BUT I bet you did NOT know that human-sized giant pengiuns once roamed the coastal deserts of Peru!!!

Here is proof of this fun fact: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/06/070625-giant-penguins.html

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