New species found in Vietnam’s Green Corridor
By Paul Eccleston

A raft of new species of animals and plants has been found by scientists in a remote area of Vietnam.

They include two butterflies, a snake, five orchids and three other types of plant.

Another 10 plant species, including four more orchids, are still being studied but are also thought to be new discoveries.

All were found in tropical forests in the Annamites Mountain Range of central Vietnam which is known as the Green Corridor.

It is one of the last remaining lowland wet evergreen forests, and supports significant numbers of threatened species. It also includes some of the longest remaining stretches of lowland river with intact forest habitat in Vietnam which feed into the Perfume River.

The Green Corridor is a four-year project that started in June 2004 by the WWF – formerly the World Wildlife Fund – and two Vietnamese groups, the Greater Mekong Programme and the Thua Thien Hue Provincial Forest Protection Department.

Evidently, there was also a new species of cattle found there in the 1990’s. Sort of an interesting place. I hope they can preserve the area so that we get more cool plant and animal pictures here, and of course, future generations can ooo… and ahhh… too!

Here’s the link.