Sunday, December 16, 2007

60 Minutes visits the "Garden Of Eden"

(CBS) Correspondent Bob Simon visits a pristine paradise in Indonesia where only a few humans have ever set foot, many new species are being discovered and a 60 Minutes camera is the first to catch the mating dance of two rare birds: the black sickle bill bird of paradise and the golden-fronted bower bird.

Simon and his guide, Bruce Beehler of Conservation International, encounter more rare and exotic creatures in the Foja Mountains, including the wattled smoky honey eater, a bird recently discovered by Beehler and others, the pigmy possum and Berlepsch's six-wired bird of paradise.

Beehler hopes that by cataloging its flora and fauna, he can protect the Fojas from incursions by man that would jeopardize the beauty of this Garden of Eden.


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