208 Species Discovered

In just one year 208 species were discovered in the Mekong region, which includes Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos. The new species include a monkey, five carnivorous plants, a self-cloning lizard, and a leaf warbler. The snub-nosed monkey was discovered in remote Myanmar mountains. The self-cloning lizard species was found in Vietnam – and all are female. The carnivorous plants were found across the Mekong region and they can devour lizards, rodents and birds. Of the 208 new discoveries 145 plants, but many of them are already in danger of destruction and potentially extinction due to human activities.  For example, recently the Javan Rhino in Vietnam was declared extinct due to poaching.

“The region’s treasure trove of biodiversity will be lost if governments fail to invest in the conservation and maintenance of biodiversity, which is so fundamental to ensuring long-term sustainability in the face of global environmental change,” said Stuart Chapman, a WWF representative. (Source: WWF-Panda)

What is equally important to conservation efforts is addressing human overpopulation, but for some reason it receives far less coverage in the press, and low awareness preserves the problem. Recently the human population reached seven billion and will continue growing. The effect on the world’s biodiversity is predictable as habitat loss is one of the main factors in loss of species. If humans keep converting wild land into residential and commercial developments, more and more species will be lost forever.

Some of these new animal discoveries, might be followed too soon by announcements of sudden declines or even extinctions. The World Wildlife Fund is working with local governments to protect the remaining wild habitats and their biodiversity.

Image Credit: WWF Cambodia

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Heidi R.
Past Member 3 years ago

We owe it to the animals and to the people of the region to protect this wonderful diversity.

Angela N.
Angela N.3 years ago


Brianna B.
Brianna B.3 years ago


Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies3 years ago

Good news. Proves we do not know it all and have a duty of care

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege3 years ago

I just wish there were more pictures. Interesting piece of news but as soon as new species are discovered, the impact of man on their habitat tends to be too heavy to give the species safe future prospects.

KARLOLINA G.3 years ago

Good news on this cold wintery day. Warms my heart. Thank you.

Marianna B M.


Jingli Z.
Jingli Z.3 years ago

Nice to know.. But I m sure there re more species going extinct even before they re discovered..

Mara C.
Mara Comitas3 years ago

Wish there were photos!