Amongst the more than 400 species of plants and animals discovered in the Amazonian jungles is a monkey that purrs softly like a cat. In a period of 4 years, scientists discovered 441 new plants and animals species. The total number of plants is in excess of 200 species.
Well over 80 types of fish, 59 amphibians, 22 reptilian members, 18 avian cousins and one mammal have been found to exist in the Amazon canopy forests. It is a vast biome which remains largely unexplored in many of its regions.
Included in the very bizarre and weird species that inhabit this corner of the world is a flame-patterned lizard, a very tiny frog, a vegan piranha, a fluorescent-colored serpent and a lovely pink orchid. The species form a singularly precious resource for biologists not to mention the world’s biodiversity.
“These species form a unique natural heritage that we need to conserve. This means protecting their home – the amazing Amazon rainforest – which is under threat from deforestation and dam development,” said Claudio Maretti, Leader of Living Amazon Initiative, WWF.
The peculiar monkey is called the Caqueta titi and is one among many variants in the list of primates. The young have a very cute and lovable quality. They purr when at ease. It is a great gift of the Amazon that such special species that are unique to its fundamental environment are coming on the scene thanks to efforts by scientists.
Environmentalists are doing all they can for this region. It is a source of oxygen and the rainforest acts like the lungs of the planet. Once the rainforest vanishes, humanity too will be vanquished from the face of the earth. Therefore preservation is of the essence.