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Washington, D.C. (Apr 23) – One hundred and twenty three new species have been discovered in Borneo since February 2007. Conservation efforts, through a combination of agreement with Borneo’s three governments, have created an 85,000 square mile area of “irreplaceable tropical forest, designated the Heart of Borneo.
The most recent discoveries include a “frog with no lungs, a “ninja” slug that fires love darts at its mate, and the world’s longest insect”.
In addition to this list of newly-discovered species is the flame-colored snake, and a flying frog that can change color.
Studying Borneo is proving to be a “treasure trove of amazing species” according to Ginny Ng, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Senior Program Officer for Borneo and Sumatra.
The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and has been in existence for nearly 50 years. Approximately five million members participate financially to allow WWF to deliver “science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change.”
Kopstein’s Bronzeback Eating Lizard
To read the report, see photos of the species and hear a podcast go to: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2010/WWFPresitem16011.html