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Icon 1 posted August 09, 2007 04:15      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Lost forest reveals new species

An expedition to a remote forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered six new animal species.

Conservationists discovered one new bat species, a new rat and two new species each of shrews and frogs.

The region, which is in eastern DR Congo, near Lake Tanganyika, has been off limits to researchers since 1960 because of instability in the area.

The survey, led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), was carried out between January and March 2007.

It covered one square kilometre of forest.

WCS researcher Dr Andrew Plumptre said: "If we can find six new species in such a short period it makes you wonder what else is out there.

"The block of forest has probably been isolated from the rest of the Congo forest block for about 10,000 years."

Of the two new amphibian species discovered, one, a small bright green frog, is in the Hyperolius genus, the other, a 1-2cm-long black frog may belong to a completely new genus.

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Well, who lost the forset. They will be happy someone found it for them.

/ me ducks

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quote:
Originally posted by fs:
The region, which is in eastern DR Congo, near Lake Tanganyika, has been off limits to researchers since 1960 because of instability in the area.

I can vouch for that, I went to see the Mountain Gorillas not far from there. Got shot at one day, and threatened with a machete the next.
Zaire (as it was then known) made it on to my very short list of places I will never go to again.


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Originally posted by Ashitaka:
Well, who lost the forset. They will be happy someone found it for them.

It must have been hidden behind all those trees. [Wink]

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Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
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Originally posted by fs:
[qb]The region, which is in eastern DR Congo, near Lake Tanganyika, has been off limits to researchers since 1960 because of instability in the area.

I can vouch for that, I went to see the Mountain Gorillas not far from there. Got shot at one day, and threatened with a machete the next.
Zaire (as it was then known) made it on to my very short list of places I will never go to again.

There's been some sad news about the gorillas recently. Eight mountain gorillas are shot dead in troubled national park

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quote:
Originally posted by fs:
There's been some sad news about the gorillas recently. Eight mountain gorillas are shot dead in troubled national park

Sometimes, I'm deeply ashamed of the species I was born in. [cry baby] [cry baby] [cry baby] [cry baby] [cry baby]

That's the park we went to, from the description, sounds like it could be the group we visited.

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quote:
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Originally posted by fs:
There's been some sad news about the gorillas recently. Eight mountain gorillas are shot dead in troubled national park

Sometimes, I'm deeply ashamed of the species I was born in. [cry baby] [cry baby] [cry baby] [cry baby] [cry baby]

That's the park we went to, from the description, sounds like it could be the group we visited.

It's pointless. And so very sad. And I can think of a number of things that I would like to see happen to the people that did it. Most of them painful and all of them fatal.

Seems like there are more important things than oil that all our guns and soldiers could be used to protect.

It's been a bad news week all around. It looks like the Baiji is extinct, too. (That's why I posted the frogs, it was nice to see something good.)

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