Archive for January, 2007

Puppet Dodo Bird

Monday, January 29th, 2007

There are no more dodos or puppet dodo birds at Extinct Animal Puppets. It costed $29.00, but Sadly, the Dodo puppet is now extinct (again!) Discontinued by the manufacturer as of October 2004. Sigh!

puppet dodo

This hand puppet is 17 inches tall and has a movable beak. Does it look like Pickwick to you? More complete than earlier cloned versions, this one has TWO wings and a full complement of very soft, feather-like plush. Plock! Plock!

BTW, I’m searching for plush dodos, if anyone knows where I can buy one please let me know. Thanks!

Gigantic pigeons

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Dodo Dutch engraving

Gigantic pigeons.

The attached illustration is taken from this publication. The Dutch noticed on the island, apart from the great variety of birds and tortoises, a very peculiar creature – a huge bird, one and half times bigger than a swan (some descriptions say twice as big), that could not fly as instead of wings it had only three symbolic feathers, similar to the quill that were used for writing at that time. The round body was decorated with a few curly feathers that suggested the signs of a tail. They had massive legs, as all flightless birds and a large head that looked as if it was covered with a cap. Hunting them was easy, and this is probably where their Portuguese name originated – dodo – idiot. The Dutch ethymology of dodo relates to their heaviness – it means ‘fat bottom’.

At the time sea voyages would bring back more interesting memoirs of the foreign countries and islands, and so a couple of live dodo were brought back to Europe. Unfortunately, not long after, they all died and all that is left of them are random bones and incomplete skeletons in various museums. Painters became interested in the strange bird, and there are some quite intricate drawings and paintings depicting the dodo. Roeland Savery, in his oil painting (1626) depicting the inhabitants of paradise, did not hesitate to include this strange bird.

As the sea voyagers were always partial to meat, many birds ended up in the pot. The opinions of the meat varied greatly – some loved it, while others loathed it. It why the Dutch called dodo a wallowbirdes, which means abominable bird. It had the strange property that the longer you boiled it, the tougher it got. […]

Dodo (Raphus cucullatus)

Dodo article in Russian

Monday, January 29th, 2007

My knowledge of Russian is null, but I think that this article talks about dodos and their life in Mauritius. The translator didn’t help, so let’s post the pretty images of dodos.

Dodo engraving

White dodo


Update: Guess what? The page was removed. I’m glad I saved those images.

Ascent of Dodo 2

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Ascent of Dodo 2

Unable to resist the small bug-eyed dodo-fish sketches, I did it as a quick watercolor/mixed media piece. I really like the dodo fish. I think he may need to meet the pink lizard some time… Ascent of Dodo 2 by ursulav. The evolution of Ascent of Dodo.

Dodo bird cake

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Dodo bird cake by Glass Slipper Gourmet

Dodo bird cake by Glass Slipper Gourmet (that makes fantastic cakes)

Dodo sculpture at the Budapest Zoo

Monday, January 29th, 2007

dodo sculpture by drotmalac

Dodo sculpture at the Zoo of Budapest by drotmalac.

La Virgine Wine Bar

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

dodo food

Dodo Food by North Korean Comissar

‘Dodo atlas’ helps to put extinction of species on map

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Dodos just in the name, but since it’s about extinction is interesting: ‘Dodo atlas’ helps to put extinction of species on map from Times Online:

AN ATLAS of the world’s extinction hot spots, in which at least one species is in imminent danger of dying out, has been drawn up by scientists to guide global conservation.

The map, prepared by researchers from the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), pinpoints 595 clearly defined sites that provide either the only or major remaining habitat for an endangered or seriously endangered species. Only a third of the hot spots are currently protected as conservation areas, and most are surrounded by large human populations that are threatening their future. […]

Taylor Ricketts, a scientist from the World Wide Fund for Nature, the environmental charity, who led the research, said: “We now know where the emergencies are: the species that will be tomorrow’s dodos unless we act quickly. The good news is we still have time to protect them.”

In the study, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Dr Ricketts’s team used the World Conservation Union’s “red list” of threatened species to pick out mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and conifers that are acutely endangered and have a very narrow geographical range.

The research threw up 595 sites as priority hot spots, in which one or more species — 794 in total — is in danger and exists nowhere else in significant numbers. There are particular concentrations of hot spots in the Andes of South America, the Atlantic forest region of Brazil, the Caribbean and Madagascar. Mexico has the most hot spots, with 63, while there are 48 in Colombia, 39 in Brazil and 29 in Indonesia. […]

Dodo by Brenda Hall

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Dodo Bird by Brenda Hall

Dodo Bird by Gallery North

Alice au Pays Des Merveilles

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Alice au Pays Des Merveilles

“Alice au Pays Des Merveilles” (Alice in Wonderland) by José Roosevelt