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Arborophila torqueola (hill partridge)

Pyrus pashia (wild Himalayan pear)

Illustration by K Anandakuttan

Highlighting the Himalayas: a “biodiversity hotspot”, meeting a high threshold  of unique life (more than 1,500 endemic plant species), and habitat loss (more than 70%). Inspired by the season and familiar verse… and science. This partridge in a pear tree lives in the distant Himalayan foothills.

There are 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world. To learn more, I suggest: (Encyclopedia of Earth)

Norman Myers, “Hotspots: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions” is the basis for international conservation efforts