No snakes again – where were the chaser, racer, pacer snakes?
You can’t go far wrong in a jungle can you?
Birds of Paradise? The far end of males being daft just because females demand it (see Remarkable Birds).
Jaguars – the Snow Leopards of warm wet places? The Capybara got away just like Ed Balls escaped the dance off in Strictly. How amazing was that? I didn’t even vote for him this week because I was talking to men in Arizona (I like Arizona – fond memories).
Have you ever been to jungles? I have – you obviously need a BBC camera team to get the most out of them. Jungles are the most frustrating places on Earth – stuffed full of biodiversity which is, generally speaking, completely invisible – apart from the trees, I spotted the trees! Still, I’m not selfish, I’m strongly on the side of frustrating jungles and against oil palm plantations.
If I never entered a jungle again it would be OK with me, but if we never chopped one down again that would be great news. It’s quite likely I’ll never jungle again but there is a vanishingly small chance that there will be the same amount of jungle on Earth when you read these words as there was when I wrote them. That’s progress apparently. How many Indrid families have gone in the last decade? Were you listening? Is anyone listening?