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New species of animals in the wild

Over the past decades, scientist made explorations to rarely visited rain forest to study the biodiversity of forest life and perhaps help it conserve up to the next generation and one of this exploration is in Foja Mountains of Indonesia. They weather there is extremely wet and the campsite of the explorers where in mud.

Anyways, they spend months of exploration to the forest and found out that there are new species of animals and insects exist in the forest. One of these is the long-nosed frog which scientist dubbed it as Pinocchio. When this frog is calling or active, its nose points upward and deflates when inactive. Amazing! Isn’t it? Well, I guess Pinocchio turned into a frog from a fairy tale and I hope that this frog doesn’t lie – we don’t know. Scientist said:

“We were sitting around eating lunch,” recalled Smithsonian ornithologist Chris Milensky. Oliver “looked down and there’s this little frog on a rice sack, and he managed to grab the thing.”

Kristofer M. Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, said one of the most amazing animals the researchers observed was the rare golden-mantled tree kangaroo. Most people think of kangaroos as creatures that live on the flatlands of Australia, he said, but this one has adapted to forest life. “It can jump into a tree and scurry right up it,” Helgen said. “But on the ground it hops around like any kangaroo.” While that kangaroo had been observed, rarely, before, Helgen also discovered what may be the smallest known member of the kangaroo family, a tiny wallaby that also has adapted to forest life. New Guinea and Australia were once connected and so have similar life forms, but they have adapted differently in each place, he explained.

The researchers say another big surprise was made by ornithologist Neville Kemp who spotted a pair of new imperial pigeons that have feathers in different parts of their body that appear rusty, whitish and gray. Other finds included a dozen new insects.

The research, which also included Indonesian scientists, was part of Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program, in which teams come together to spend three or four weeks making surveys of the biology of selected areas.

A feature on this expedition appears in the June issue of National Geographic magazine.

“While animals and plants are being wiped out across the globe at a pace never seen in millions of years, the discovery of these absolutely incredible forms of life is much needed positive news,” Bruce Beehler, a senior research scientist at CI and participant on the expedition, said in a statement.

“Places like these represent a healthy future for all of us and show that it is not too late to stop the current species extinction crisis,” he said.

Here are the pictures:



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