June 15, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 12)
Strong Points: Interesting info
Weak Points: Could be organized a bit better
When you think “other side of the world,” Tasmania may be what you have in mind. A still wild portion of our planet with numerous exotic species of plants and animals unique on Earth, Tasmania is a biologist’s dream land. A scan through the well-organized and informative Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service site will reveal this quickly. From birds to reptiles to frogs to plants, Tasmania’s fauna and flora are both unique and amazing. Consider that 60% of the alpine species found in this country’s cool, temperate rainforest are found nowhere else on Earth. Tasmania’s Eucalypt forests contain the highest diversity on the land and half of all Eucalypt species are found only on Tasmania. The country appears to be embracing ecotourism, and there is hoped that it will provide financial incentives to preserve the uniqueness of this magnificent land. A site worth checking out.