New animal species in the Himalayas
One of the more salient discoveries is that of a new primate species, Macaca munzala. The latest primate discovery dates back to over a hundred years ago. This primate lives at an altitude of 2000 to 3500 metres high. Also a new deer species was found, the smallest kind in the world, (Muntiacus putaoensis). Other interesting discoveries were a fish with a snake head (Channa aurantimaculata) and a ‘flying frog’ (Rhacophorus suffry). Also a gecko fossil of more than a million years old was a remarkable find.
The scientists were impressed by the biological richness of the region. The region suffers greatly from global warming. Therefore, the head of the WWF stresses the importance of climate change. ‘If global warming is not stopped, these natural riches will disappear forever’.
The complete report ‘The Eastern Himalayas – Where Worlds Collide’ can be read and downloaded from the website of the WWF.