The Dodo(Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that inhabited the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. When foreign sailors came to the island they fed on the Dodo as well as their domestic animals that they brought with them, this is one of many reasons the bird went extinct. Dodos oddly enough are related to Pigeons and Doves, which makes sense when you take a step back. The Dodo also fed on a tree nicknamed the Dodo tree (Sideroxylon grandiflorum).
This tree’s survival depended on the Dodo for the seeds of the tree would only germinate with the help of the Dodo’s digestive tract…It is believed there are only 13 trees left of this type and all of them are thought to be at least 300 years old, the trees do not have growth rings so no one really knows… They also fed on worms!
Anyway it was fun drawing a Dodo.
Save species who have not yet left us.
Artwork by: Llew Mejia