Sunday, December 9, 2007

Incredible Batch of Rare and New Species Discovered

Two species of primates that are of global conservation concern, eight new species of katydids, a critically endangered frog species, 17 rare butterfly species and wild birds such as the brown-cheeked hornbill are among the finds of an expedition to a forest reserve in Ghana.

Scientists exploring one of the largest remaining blocks of tropical forest in Western Africa discovered these animals as part of significant populations of new, rare and threatened species, underscoring the area’s high biological diversity and value.

The findings came from a 2006 expedition to Ghana’s Atewa Range Forest Reserve (Atewa) led by Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program and were presented in a report made public Thursday.

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