New Chameleon Species Named After Jungle Hero

German scientists discovered a new species of chameleon in Madagascar, and hope to draw attention to destruction of essential habitat in that country by naming the species after Tarzan, the fictional jungle hero.

Named Calumma tarzan, researchers hope this “flagship species” will bring awareness to the bio-diversity of central and eastern Madagascar and encourage the creation of logging-free areas.

The new chameleon is discussed in the most recent issue of Salamandra Journal (PDF) as “a tarzan yell for for conservation” and the authors of the article propose that it be used as a mascot species for the creation of new nature reserves in Madagascar.

According to Innovations Report, the Tarzan chameleon should be considered “critically endangered” because its recent distribution area covers probably less than 4 square miles, there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of much of its habitat, and none of the habitats are included in the network of protected areas yet.

Despite public outcry, Madagascar’s government legalized the export of rosewood logs earlier this year, and many believed that this would encouraged renewed logging of the country’s embattled rainforest parks (

Philip-Sebastian Gehring, the lead author of an article describing the animal, said, “The Tarzan chamaeleon is going to use his celebrity name to promote protection for this last patch of forest.”

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Kim O'Connor
Kim O7 years ago

This just goes to show how vital it is to stop stripping the planet of everything in sight!!! We're destroying things that haven't even been found yet. What a crying shame.

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan7 years ago

Wonderful news, thanks.

Salome Waters
Salome Waters7 years ago

I suggest someone start a petition, since I have not been a member of Care2 long enough to figure out how. Great Chameleon. I hope and pray it can save as much habitat as still exists.

evelyn m.
evelyn m.7 years ago


Priscilla Micholt
Joeri V7 years ago

Let's hope we find a "Jane "soon!

Carrie Anne Brown

It's important to make sure that the new species does not also become extinct.

Jax xx
Jackie E7 years ago

stunning! let's hope he draws some attention.

Amd Vk
Amd Vk7 years ago

very picturesque! love the coloring. really vibrant!!

Anja N.
Justin R7 years ago

The little critter is adorable.
It must be protected from idiotic selfish "collectors".

Anja N.
Justin R7 years ago

The export of Rosewood follows demand. It is up to the individual to investigate and not to buy it.

Recently a local store sold out its Rosewood furniture, I was tempted by the colour. When I found out where it came from it was easy to say no. Store owners will not tell you the truth, you have to go on line.

Help to protect the planet, we never can let up. It is our duty!