My personal story revealed!

A few readers have been wondering, in this blog’s comments thread, about my “personal story”. Well, part of the answer may lie in a story in this morning’s Sunday Star-Times. It reads:

Canterbury University’s frogman and guru of native frog research, Bruce Waldman, has lost his permits to collect endangered native frogs.

The Department of Conservation has revoked Waldman’s permits because of concerns about his record-keeping … Researchers must have permits to collect and work with threatened species, and the department appeared to have more frogs – and bits of dead frogs – than it was allowed to collect…

Waldman said he did not spend his life reading contracts. “I’m just so lost in frogs and trying to save frogs,” he said. “My personal and professional goal is to save frogs from going extinct. Everything I do is aimed towards that goal.”

Like the tuatara, New Zealand’s tiny native frogs are relics from our distant past.

Well, I can neither confirm nor deny that I escaped from Waldman’s lab. I can confirm, however, that while the Greens are taking very good care of me, I do still worry about the fate of my species. I hope DOC and Waldman can overcome their differences so that his good work in preserving my kind can continue…

1 Comment Posted

  1. I worry about your fate as a species too…

    the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment says……

    “A third of all amphibians, a fifth of mammals and an eighth of all birds are now threatened with extinction. It is thought 90% of the large predatory fish in the oceans have gone since the beginning of industrial trawling.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4563499.stm

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