Mongabay and the 20 Most Interesting New Species Discovered Last Year
Biologists and other researchers find new species all the time and we usually don't hear about it unless there is something exceptional about a new find. But, Mongabay regularly publishes updates on new species and you can find them here. Its an exceptional organization that is well respected in the scientific community for providing readers with information about biodiversity, especially within the planet's dwindling rain forest regions. Here is some more about them:
Rhett A. Butler founded Mongabay.com in 1999 out of his passion for tropical forests. He called the site Mongabay after an island in Madagascar.Since then, Mongabay has grown into the world’s most popular rain forest information site and a well-known source of environmental news reporting and analysis. Today Mongabay draws more than 2.5 million visitors per month and publishes stories in half a dozen languages. It is commonly used as an information source by mainstream media, including The Economist, Bloomberg, National Geographic, and the Associated Press. Mongabay is also widely recognized as an accurate and trust-worthy source by civil society organizations as well as development agencies.
At the end of each year Mongabay publishes a list of some of the most interesting species discovered over the previous year. Their list for 2017 included the gibbon pictured in this article, known as the “Skywalker” hoolock gibbon because it prefers to make its home high in the rain forest canopy. It was discovered near China's border with Myanmar [Burma].
Adult female “Skywalker” hoolock gibbon (Hoolock tianxing). Photo Credit: Fan Pengfei.