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Extinction Tours

Extinction Tours

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, October 8, 2016/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, birds, marine life, sustainability, environment, plants

                              Golden Toad, Costa Rica (credit: Expedia UK)

The international travel company Expedia has developed a collection of ficitous posters that hightlighing wildlife lost to extinction worldwide. The Unknown Tourism series includes the extinct Golden Toad (Costa Rica); the Dodo (Mauritius); the Tasmanian Tiger (Australia);  the Giant Galliwasp (Jamaica); the Steller's Sea Cow (Alaska); and the giant Moa (New Zealand). The expected cause of the animals demise included small populations of limited distribution, over-hunting, habitat destruction like deforestation, and more recently climate change as the extinction suspects.

                                  Mauritius & Tasmania Unknown Tourism Posters (credit: Expedia UK)

The collection make a sad statement about our respect and treatment of the natural world. Hopefully, Expedia has provided a bit of education with their posters on the wonders of biodiversity that will encourage their clientelle to pay closer attention to the animals, plants, and ecosystems they visit. Travelers might also decide to become more active in environmental and wildlife protection efforts that could prevent another series of "extinction posters" from being added to a future tour catalog.



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