Thursday/ my new animals

My shipment from Amazon Japan* has arrived: a chess set, which I will show later, and three animal figures to add to my collection.

*German international courier DHL picked the package up in Tokyo, flew it to their hub in Cincinnati, and then on to Seattle where it was put on the delivery truck. Yes, I know, I am a bad person. I should not burn fossil fuels to buy a product that is made from fossil fuels (plastic). Sorry.

I had to get the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), because I had one in my hand in the Yodobashi store in Tokyo, and put it back on the shelf. There are fewer than 2,000 pandas left in the wild. An additional 400 are in captivity, most of those in China. Pandas play an enormous role as ambassadors for China, and to generate goodwill towards the country around the world. (Model is Schleich 14772 Giant Panda, Male. Introduced 2017).
The gray wolf (Canis lupus), a native Washington State species, nearly became extinct in the state in the early 1900s. The Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife reported in 2019 that there were at least 145 wolves living in 26 packs in the state. (They are elusive and hard to count). (Model is Schleich 14821 Wolf, Introduced 2019).
And my collection did not have an American bison (Bison bison) until today, so that could certainly not stand! The vast herds on the North American continent are estimated to have had 60 million animals at their peak. They were just about hunted into extinction by the animal called Homo sapiens: by 1889 there were 541 left. Recovery efforts were put in place, and today there are some 31,000 in the wild. (Schleich 14714 American Bison. Introduced 2014).

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