I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays whatever religion you choose to follow or ignore. 2014 has been a fun year for me with highlights including a Solenodon and a Snow Leopard, though the real highlight was a week in Peru with my son on our first hardcore wildlife trip.
Facebook friends will have seen this picture already but this letter from me to Father Christmas 40 years ago amused me. You might spot a heavy bias in favour of mammals (for my toy zoo) and mammal watching super powers, along with a United Nations-style nod towards both my mum and dad with, respectively, requests for a bible and a train set. Neither of which I really wanted but which I felt needed to be included if we had hope of reaching agreement on the final text. Give me the child until they are 7 and I will give you the adult. So – Vladimir Dinets and Matt Miller in particular – take care of your new offspring over the next 84 months lest they too grow up addicted to this rewarding but extremely expensive wildife habit 🙂
I’m hoping to visit Guyana, Sumatra and Tibet in 2015. What plans do others have?
Finally a big thanks to all who have begun – or continue – to send trip reports and contribute to the blog and mammalwatching.com this year. Our adventurous community is small but growing and remains generous with sharing knowledge. I also think its fair to say that, aside from helping fellow mammalwatchers, we also contribute a little to scientific knowledge and conservation.
Here are some stats that the WordPress.com prepared for this blog.
Here's an excerpt:
Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 69,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.