National Geographic : 2002 Feb
Forum UAIOA October 2001 "The Power of Light" generated comments on science, religion, and even a "boorishand inconsiderate" neighbor'sfloodlights. The article on Southeast Asia's rainforests inspired more lightheartedresponses. One readerremarked on the picture on pages 32-3: "I love the photo taken by Tim Laman of the cute little critter that looks like a gremlin munching on a cockroach. We should all be so content." Tracking the Leopard I am dismayed that you grouped sport hunters with poachers as threats to big cats. Sport hunters are responsible for financing sur veys on which licensing is based, and licensing serves to keep wildlife within critical limits of food and water. Hunters assist in enforcing game laws and have been used by researchers to re port illegal hunting and poach ing. They also help people of the bush understand the funds avail able through proper manage ment of the resources around them. Please do not group such wildlife conservationists, who are loyal to the cause, with the poacher who indiscriminately slaughters for profit. LOWELL C. DOUGLAS Duluth, Georgia I was thrilled to see Tjololo on the cover, since I have watched him on africam.com. I do believe, however, that the picture of the leopard with the impala kill on pages 98-9 is not Tjololo. You can tell by the markings between MEMBERSHIP Please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800-548-9797. Online: nationalgeographic.com/ngm the eyes and his ears. Tjololo beautiful dots and his ears ar bit tattered. CAROLE BRUN Tampa, Fl Tjololo is indeed the leopard shown on pages 98-9. The pat of dots between his eyes is not clear in this side view, but it it there. Kim Wolhuter photo graphedTjololo for several yei during which the cat's ears we nicked and torn in fights with prey and other leopards. This ture was taken before Tjololo' ears were notched. I think a lot of people would to know how Kim Wolhuter Tjololo to accept his compare since leopards are loners and ritorial animals. JAMES J. C Middletown, New Kim Wolhuter responds: Basi I hung aroundand followed 1 lolo until hejust accepted me partof the landscape.He did same with a hyena that const followed him. Rain Forest at Night In your article on the rain fo ests of Southeast Asia you re to the lack of political mean, will to stop illegal logging in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * FEBRUARY 2002 I NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increaseand diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society ischartered in Washington, D.C.,as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,000 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., Presidentand CEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. ADAMSON TERRY D. GARCIA, Mission Programs JOHN Q. 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