Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On the Wild Side in Bangladesh

I was intrigued this morning by a small news article out of Dhaka, Bangladesh about three rare “black-nape rabbits” released into the Bhaowal National Park, three days after they were caught by fishermen. There are about 50 species of rabbits and hares that are known to exist in the world. Apparently, the black-nape "rabbits" are hares. In fact, they are the Indian Hare (Lepus nigricollis), also known as the Black-naped Hare. These hares are facing extinction in Bangladesh where they are hunted and losing forest habitat. Tapan Kumar Dey, forest conservator (Wildlife and Nature Conservation Circle) of the Forest Directorate, freed the rabbits. He said “"It is the high time to save the rabbits. Otherwise the species will be eliminated from our country. Raising of mass awareness is necessary to preserve them.” See the photo above of the Black-Naped Hare and it is obvious how these lagomorphs got their common name.