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Thursday, 27 September 2012

New species of carnivore found

New carnivore. Durrell’s Vontsira.
Researchers from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Natural History Museum, Nature Heritage and Conservation International discovered a new species of carnivore in Madagascar. This is the first discovery of a new carnivore in 24 years. This small creature weighs under 1 1/2 pounds and belongs to a family of carnivores only known to live in Madagascar. Unfortunately Durrell’s Vontsira (Salanoia durrelli), is also one of the most threatened carnivores in the world.
Madagascar is home to an abundance of plants and animals, 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island has been classified by Conservation International as a biodiversity hotspot. CI is one of the largest conservation organizations with more than 30 global offices, and more than 1,000 partners around the world.

1 comment:

  1. This was another news item submitted by an intermediary source. I was told subsequrently the discovery was last year and it was old news. And actually, whith the news on new animal species coming out so rarely, Last years's news is still new news on the topic. I also mentioned at the time that a giant fossa isalso alleged to exist in Madagascar but it has not been found yet when I was discussing the matter on that other message board, and that bit of information is important enough that I should mentio it, too.


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