Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New discoveries at the Greater Mekong area

There are six countries namely Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and China that benefit from the many things the Great Mekong area has to offer. Unfortunately, due to poaching and the construction of hydropower projects within the area, the forest is disappearing. So, I wouldn't be surprised if its once rich biodiversity will be a thing of the past.

But just so you know, scientists discovered 126 new species in the area. You probably laugh at me if I say they just found a frog that sings like a bird, and a scary bat having a face not far from the devil's. Well that's from WWF actually, a detailed report of the discoveries in 2011.

Newly discovered species were Beelzebub tube-nosed bat, short-tailed python and another frog with black and white eye patterns that look like the yin and yang symbols. Quite impressive with their choice of adjective, huh!

Anyway, unless countries within the Greater Mekong area stop supporting companies that destroy the natural beauty and the ecosystem where these animals live, future generations will continue to benefit from it. Who knows, additional discoveries will be added to list soon.

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