Dec
07
2005

New Mammal Discovered?

Earlier I wrote a blog about new species of lemurs being discovered in Madagascar. Now, the World Wildlife Federation has taken two pictures of what may be a new mammal in Mentarang National Park in Kalimantan, Indonesia. The pictures were taken using a "camera trap" in the fall of 2005, and since scientists have not been able to identify what the animal is, it is possible that it is a previously undiscovered mammal.


New Mammal?: Photo courtsey of World Wildlife Fund via U.S. Newswire.

The animal is about the size of a cat with dark red fur and a long bushy tail. Looking at the pictures it reminds me of a lemur, but since lemurs are only found in Madagascar, it can't be. Some scientists think that it may be a viverrid, which is the family name given to the group of animals that includes the mongoose and civets.

The WWF will set live traps in the area to try to capture one of the creatures to be able to study and properly describe the animal.


A New Mammal?: Photo courtsey of World Wildlife Fund via U.S. Newswire.

Time is tight to do so, as the area where the animal was photographed is a rainforest that is currently being considered as the site for the world's largest oil plantation. If the plantation were built it would clear an area of rainforest larger than the state of Connecticut, significantly impacting the habitat of this animal, whatever it may be.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

one more reason to save the forests we have left.......
the cure for cancer is probably out there, or most likely we have already destroyed it.........

posted on Thu, 12/08/2005 - 8:01pm
Toni's picture
Toni says:

Actually I think this animal has been discovered... it looks to me like a kinkajou (pronounced kink-a-jew), which are native to South America. I know this picture was taken in Borneo but it could easily have been brought over from another country - perhaps to sell as a pet (a more common practice than you might expect).
However, I totally agree with the previous comment. This discovery highlights our need and duty to save the habitats and resources of animals and plants. Such little research has been done in this area and such massive deforestation is taking place that it is likely many species (of both plants and animals) will die out before they are discovered.

posted on Mon, 06/26/2006 - 3:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wht is it???:)

posted on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 7:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this animal is very cool. Instead of trying to capture it and stick it in a zoo, which wll probably happen, we should just stop the construction and let it go about its own business. I know for sure if wanted to be by myself and undiscovered, I would get extremely mad.

posted on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 7:36am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I hate the animals, they live in the wild and are not civilized... savages

posted on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 11:11am

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