February 25, 2011

New Birds Species Discovered in Madagascar


The new species – recently named Mentocrex beankaensis by the scientist who discovered it – is a forest dwelling rail which was distinguished from other similar birds by its plumage, size and DNA. The bird is found in the western Madagascan rainforests of which only 3% of its original forest cover is left, after 2,500 years of human impact.

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The Beanka Forest, where the rail bird was discovered, is still in reasonably good condition, protected by its remote location on an exposed and jagged limestone outcrop. The forest here has been managed since 2007 along with parallel programmes for social and economic development of nearby buffer communities.

“Madagascar, like the Amazon, continues to provide us with undiscovered plant and animal species,” commented Matthew Owen of Cool Earth. “And that’s just one of the reasons why it’s so important to conserve what we can of the world’s remaining tropical rainforest.”

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  • Lisa Kern says:

    Hello, my name is Lisa Kern. My daughter started an earth day celebration called Earth Extravaganza in 2015. The proceeds are donated to your organization. 2015 was for Ashaninka and 2016 for Lubutu. She has raised $1,000.00 U.S. dollars each of the last two years. The funds had been delayed in being sent but for the 2015 fundraiser I sent the money in the mail. This recent $1,000.00 online donation was for the 2016 celebration. I was wondering if she could get a certificate to display at this year’s fundraiser being held April 22nd.
    Thank you for your help.
    Lisa Kern

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