What is a Cowboy Frog and a Crayola Katydid? They sound like some new color of Crayon, but they are actually two new species found in the jungle of Suriname.
South America's Suriname has one of the world's last pristine tropical forests, so there is plenty for researchers to learn there. Trond Larsen of the Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program said, "As a scientist, it is thrilling to study these remote forests where countless new discoveries await, especially since we believe that protecting these landscapes while they remain pristine provides perhaps the greatest opportunity for maintaining globally important biodiversity and the ecosystems people depend upon for generations to come."
What a wonderful research trip it must have been! The fact that they made so many discoveries is amazing. Plus, look at the interesting names they gave these newly discovered animals? A Cowboy Frog and a Crayola Katydid sound like truly fascinating creatures. In all, the researchers were able to document an astonishing 1,300 species (46 of which were newly discovered) while they were in the forest for just three short weeks.
Each of the newly discovered species were given incredibly descriptive names, which certainly helps people hearing about them be able to picture them in their minds. What a unique area they were able to explore. Hopefully their efforts will help in the effort to preserve the region and keep the jungle pristine.
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