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Explorers In Search Of 'Lost City' Discover Hundreds Of 'Extinct' Species Alive And Well

Explorers In Search Of 'Lost City' Discover Hundreds Of 'Extinct' Species Alive And Well

The team of scientists have discovered 198 species of birds, 40 small mammals, 56 amphibian and reptile species, 30 large mammals, 94 butterfly species, and many more.

At a time when it is the need of the hour to ensure that animals don't become extinct, here is a news that comes as a ray of hope to humanity. It is probably the best news you might have heard in a while considering hundreds of ‘extinct’ creatures have now been found alive in a ‘lost city’ deep within a Honduras rainforest. 

 



 

 

YES. You read that just fine. According to the Conservation International report, a team of scientists has now discovered 198 species of birds, 40 small mammals, 56 amphibian and reptile species, 30 large mammals, 94 butterfly species, and many more. And if you thought it wasn't crazy enough, wait till you hear the name of the place where the extinct animals were found.

 



 

 

It all happened in 2017 when the team of scientists led by the government of Honduras and Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program made their way to a remote settlement known as the “Lost City of the Monkey God” or “White City” located in the Mosquitia rainforest. The three-week expedition was after several ancient ruins were discovered in the rainforest in one of the least-explored areas of the region.

Trond Larsen/Conservation International

 

“The ‘White City’ is one of the few areas remaining in Central America where ecological and evolutionary processes remain intact,”
Trond Larsen, the director of RAP told in a press release. He also added his "ecological SWAT team" were “shocked” with this discovery. 

Trond Larsen/Conservation International

 

So you must be wondering which all species were discovered? The list includes the False Tree Coral Snake, the pale-faced bat and a tiger beetle which many scientists had previously thought to be extinct. The other endangered species were Great Green Macaw and a livebearing fish that scientists have only now discovered.

 



 

 

“One of the main reasons we found such high species richness and abundance of threatened and wide-ranging species (e.g., peccaries) is that the forests around the White City remain pristine, unlike much of the region. This makes the area a high conservation priority for maintaining the broader landscape connectivity that is essential for the long-term persistence of biodiversity through Central America,” Larsen added. 

 



 

 

“And these are areas with no road networks, no logistics or infrastructure to let people get in or let guards in, so it’s very hard to stop what’s happening. In many cases, this illegal activity is being driven tangentially by drug trafficking, so it’s driven by powerful people with money. That’s the primary threat to the integrity of the forest of the area,” he concluded saying that this area could play a pivotal role in future conservation projects.

Explorers have been often in search of the White City which is believed to be the home to an ancient civilization during the pre-Columbian era.

 



 

 

Meanwhile, another RAP SWAT team, John Polisar chimed in and said:  “We have been doing field work in the indigenous territories of La Moskitia for 14 years, and this site stood out as being simply gorgeous. Because of its presently intact forests and fauna the area is of exceptionally high conservation value. It merits energetic and vigilant protection so its beauty and wildlife persist into the future.”

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