This wonderful news comes to us from Honduras.
A crack team of scientists traveled to a lost city in the jungles in Honduras and were stunned by the sheer amount of biodiversity that they found there.
Way back in 2017, researchers from Conservation International conducted a three-week research expedition after the discovery of ancient ruins at a site deep within the Mosquitia rainforest known as the “Lost City of the Monkey God” or also the “White City”.
Because the rainforest is one of the most unexplored areas of Central America the team hoped to shine some light on the ecological state of the region. The organization finally published a detailed report of its findings this week. The report details how this ancient settlement is encompassed by a thriving and pristine ecosystem which is full of unique and rare species. This includes new species and those species which were thought to be extinct.
In total the team of scientists documented 198 bird species, 94 varieties of butterflies, 40 small mammal species, 56 different species of amphibians, 30 types of large mammals like pumas, ocelots, and jaguars, and an endless variety of plants, fish, rodents, and insects.
Some of the more notable discoveries included a tiger beetle believed to be extinct, and the false tree coral snake which had not been seen in Honduras since 1965. Trond Larsen, the Director of Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program said: “ the team was shocked at the discovery of tremendously rich biodiversity including many rare and threatened species”. The “White City” is one of the very few areas remaining in Central America where ecological and evolutionary processes remain intact.
Conservation International now hopes that their incredible findings will help to implement additional conservation measures that will assist to protect the region from deforestation.
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