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Capy Shout Outs! (2)

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Time for my second installment of Capy Shout Outs! These are shout outs to people/animals/plants that are special to me. Okay, I don’t have any plants on my special friends list yet, but it could happen.

Claudia Enna: Thanks for being such a great friend! Italy is so far away, I am glad we have the internet so we can at least meet virtually. Don’t worry, be happy!

Venita (@vernbern), The Cap & Mini-Cap: I hope you found Mini-Cap, I’m worried about him. Thanks for the puzzle present!

Lyle Buencamino & Hanna Pettyjohn: Hope you make it to Austin for a visit! Looking forward to meeting more fans!

@BZTAT: Hope you had a capy birthday and thanks for being my friend.

Dobby: Hey little bro., almost your first birthday. Make sure Stacy gets you something nice. I am going to send you a little present so you’ll need to watch your mail.

Remember, if you want me to give someone a shout out, drop me an email using the contact page.

カピバラからのご挨拶~第2弾

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カピバラからのご挨拶、第2弾です。大切な人々、動物たち、植物へのメッセージです。といっても、今のところ、植物に友達はいないけどね、今後のために一応。

クラウディア・エンナへ:いつもお友達でいてくれてありがとう。イタリアは遠いけど、インターネットのおかげでバーチャルに会えるね。大丈夫、がんばろう!

キャップとミニキャップのベニータ (@vernbern): ミニキャップはみつかったかな?心配しています。パズルを送ってくれてありがとう。

ライル・ブエンカミノとハンナ・ペティジョン:オースティンにおいでよ。たくさんのファンの方がきてくれるといいな。

@BZTAT: 友達になってくれてありがとう。カピバラに誕生日があるといいね。

ドディ: かわいいドディちゃん、そろそろ1歳の誕生日だね。ステーシーに何かいいものをもらった?僕からもちょっとしたものを送るので、郵便ポストをチェックしてね。

「ご挨拶」をもらいたいときは、「contact 」を使ってメールしてね。

Venezuela Hates Capybaras

 

Capybara family at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Capybara family at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

(Owner’s Blog)

In Febrary of 2007, my kids (Coral & Philip Waters) and I went to Venezuela. One of the places we went was a large ranch called Hato El Frio in the Los Llanos region. Los Llanos is often reffered to as the New World equivalent of the African plains. Such a tremendous abundance of wildlife! And among those swamps and plains roam the world’s largest rodents, the capybaras.

Capybaras have disappeared in parts of their range where they are over-hunted or where there has been significant habitat destruction due to farming, daming and deforestation. Hato El Frio was one place where they still occurred in large number due to the ranche’s progressive attitudes.

Hato El Frio (and Hato El Cedral, although I did not visit there) were experiments in sustainable ranching along with ecotourism. Dams were built to encourage wildlife to remain year-round and to provide more habitat for aquatic or semi-aquatic species. In addition, cattle and water buffalo were raised for meat. Capybaras were also “harvested” but in a sustainable manner. For decades the ranch maintained a science station that studied the affects of ranching on wildlife populations.

The following photos show some of the interesting animals that we saw on our week-long stay.

Tamandua or Lesser Anteater at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Tamandua or Lesser Anteater at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Giant Anteater at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Giant Anteater at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Rufous-tailed Jacamar at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Rufous-tailed Jacamar at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Three species of Ibis at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Three species of Ibis at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Scarlet Macaws Flying at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Scarlet Macaws Flying at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Howler Monkey at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

Howler Monkey at Hato El Frio, Venezuela

I could go on but you are probably wondering what the point is. So let me get to it. The Venezuelan government, under Hugo Chavez, has nationalized Hato El Frio and Hato El Cedral. See this article, Venezuela Coverts Tourist Destination into Farm Land.

I doubt that they are even now maintaining the Hatos’ programs to rebuild populations of the seriously endangered Orinoco crocodile, red-footed tortoises, Orinoco side-neck turtles or river dolphins. I doubt that they are concerning themselves with sustainability. These ranches have served as a beacon to the region as to what can be done to use the land while retaining wildlife. Now all of that is gone.

This is a terrible tragedy made even worse by the fact that most Americans–who live so close–don’t even know what the world is losing. Most Americans don’t even know what a capybara is. Caplin and I are devastated. No species is safe if people and governments don’t care.

(Follow this link to see more of my photos of Hato El Frio including more capybara photos.)

Now We Come in Colors!

Big news! Tired of your same old sorrel-colored capybara? Even the white tipped hairs of the older individual seeming just a bit hum-drum? Well, your days of being jaded by our incredible cuteness are over! Now capybaras also come in snow white!

Yes, it’s true. An albino capybara was born at a zoo in Uruguay on Christmas Day, 2009. Her name is Snow White, or Blancanieves in Spanish, and she is gorgeous! Check out this article and photos and welcome to the world of colorful capybaras.

カラフルになったよ!

ビッグニュース!茶色のカピバラにはあきあきしちゃった?年をとったカピバラは白髪っぽくなってくるけど、それもどうも・・・?カピバラはかわいいけど、まあそれだけのこと・・・なんていってるのもここまで!雪のように真っ白なカピバラもいるんだ。

これはほんとの話。真っ白なカピバラが2009年のクリスマスの日、ウルグアイの動物園で生まれたよ。名前はブランカニエベス、スペイン語で「白雪姫」という意味なんだ。本当にきれい。カラフルなカピバラの世界にようこそ!this article and photos