381 new species found in the Amazon.
A report from the World Wildlife Fund has found that a total of 381 new species of wildlife have been discovered in the Amazon rainforest between 2014 and 2015.
From pink river dolphins and fire-tailed titi monkeys, to yellow-mustached lizards and honeycomb-patterned stingrays, one or two new species have been discovered each day, reports the Independent.
These discoveries, the conservation group, says should spur us to redouble our efforts to protect the rainforest.
Sarah Hutchison, told the Independent:
“There is a real risk that at the rate at which the Amazon is changing many species may become extinct before we have had a chance to find them.
“The discovery of 381 new species is a wake-up call for the governments of Amazon countries that they must halt the ongoing and relentless deforestation and work to preserve its unparalleled biodiversity,” she said.
According to the report:
The new species of pink river dolphin is estimated to have a population of 1,000, but they are under threat from the construction of hydroelectric dams as well as industrial and agricultural activity. The fire-tailed titi monkey, which has a bright orange tail, is also at risk from deforestation.