365 New Species Discovered in Peruvian Park

February 3, 2012

The giant leaf frog is one resident of Peru’s Bahuaja Sonene National Park, where 50 reptiles and amphibian species, along with hundreds of other undocumented birds, mammals, insects, and plants were recently found during an extensive survey.

Black-and-white hawk eagles, tricolored bats, and huge clouds of butterflies. These wildlife sightings make up just some of the 365 newly documented species in Bahuaja Sonene National Park (BSNP) in southeastern Peru.

A group of WCS researchers and their colleagues recently inventoried BSNP’s plant life, insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles. In total, they found 30 undocumented bird species, 2 undocumented mammals, and 233 species of butterflies and moths. The park was created in 1996, and this expedition marked the first time that researchers had surveyed its wildlife on such a large scale.

Read more about the expedition in this article from MSNBC.
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