I have travelled to many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Zanzibar Stone Town in Tanzania, Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, the Medina of Fez in Morocco, Robben Island in South Africa, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Grand Canyon in the USA, the rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces in Switzerland (below), to name a few.
I wondered what the listing actually meant, so of course I googled it.
This got me wondering even more.
If these sites are to be passed on to future generations, why do we do so little when some are so threatened?
Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
On the road up through Daintree Rainforest in far north Queensland there is an area where cassowaries may be found crossing the road. They are large, shy, solitary birds that have long blueish-purple, featherless necks and in some ways resemble an emu. There are endangered, and fastly approaching extinction, with only around 1200 left in the wild.
Of course when we travelled that road, even though we kept our eyes peeled, we weren’t lucky enough to spot any.
This road sign, warning of an approaching speed bump, had been masterfully changed! Unfortunately not only motorists are a problem to their survival. Habitat loss due to human settlement and attacks by dogs are a major problem.