This might be off topic, but I think it is still related to orchids, in a way. I was going to do something on underground orchids but I have to leave that for a later post. And I am planning to do some posts on the habitat of orchids and the ecosystems that they are found in. But this will have to suffice for now.
Earlier this week, Trees For Life had little visitors in the office, some furry ones, a feathered one and some reptilian ones, namely a goanna, a couple of carpet pythons (they are called snakes) and two geckos. These creatures disrupted the office routine but that was fine by the staff. We had an impromptu photo shoot.
The animals belonged to an organization called Animals Anonymous. By raising awareness of native animals, Animals Anonymous hope to promote native plants, the idea being that people will be encouraged to grow native plants to attract the wildlife. The animals need the right habitat to survive. Sadly, most people do not realize that flora and fauna go together. That is one of the main reason for writing this post. Orchids are part of the ecosystems and are often among the first to disappear along with the wildlife when weeds and pests invade the bush. One of Trees For Life’s major schemes is the Bush For Life programme which focuses on restoring native vegetation for both the wildlife and flora such as the orchids. Some Australian terrestrial orchids have defied all attempts to cultivate them while others remain very difficult. Incidentally, some of the Trees For Life staff were out of the office the day the animals visited as they were out in the field, working on some bushsites with volunteers. If I remember correctly, it was a BAT day (BAT stands for Bush Action Team). By the way, the native bats are another lot of interesting creatures here.
Besides, it was fun handling the animals! I hadn’t seen a goanna before. We really enjoyed ourselves. I hope you like the photographs.
Both Animals Anonymous and Trees For Life posted a couple of their photos on their Facebook pages. I thought I might provide a couple of links to their pages for those of you who are interested in seeing more photos.
- Trees For Life
- Trees For Life Facebook
- Animals Anonymous at Trees For Life Post
- Animals Anonymous
- Animals Anonymous Facebook
- Animals Anonymous at Trees For Life Photo
Both Trees For Life and Animals Anonymous are South Australian organizations. Trees For Life has counterparts in the other Australian states, which are called Men Of The Trees, which used to be Trees For Life’s old name. But I think Trees For Life is a nicer sounding name.
Afterthought: For those of you interested in photography, I used the camera on my phone, a 5 MP camera. The phone is a Samsung Galaxy Ace.