Tuesday, December 06, 2005

'New mammal' seen in Borneo woods

By Richard Black
Environment Correspondent, BBC News website

In the dense central forests of Borneo, a conservation group has found what appears to be a new species of mammal.

WWF caught two images of the animal, which is bigger than a domestic cat, dark red, and has a long muscular tail.

"You don't find new mammals that often, and to do so must be extraordinary" -
Callum Rankine
The find was made in Kayan Mentarang national park on Borneo

Local people, the WWF says, had not seen the species before, and researchers say it looks to be new.

The WWF says there is an urgent need to conserve forests in south-east Asia which are under pressure from logging and the palm oil trade.

The creature, believed to be carnivorous, was spotted in the Kayan Mentarang National Park, which lies in Indonesian territory on Borneo.

The team which discovered it, led by biologist Stephan Wulffraat, is publishing full details in a new book on Borneo and its wildlife.



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