We have drained a lot of resources on this planet. Experts keep warning about the devastating effects of our common practice. Climate change is a number one priority. Why do we keep doing this to our planet? A lot of plant and animal species have gone extinct.
A 2017 research has shown that unexplored rainforests in Honduras are home to some of the species labeled as extinct.
It all starts with the Mosquitia forest, also known as “The Lost City of the Monkey God” of “the white city.” A group of researchers from the Conservation International took part in a three-week expedition and the results were more than surprising.
The White City has been safe from human influence for more than a half millennium. The ancestors of the indigenous Pech people left the city overnight.
It was a beautiful place full of “extinct” species, including fish, amphibians and mammals. Some of these are on the verge of extinction. The ecosystem worked perfectly out there.
In the City of the Jaguar, researchers found undocumented fish and other species, including the pale-faced bat, the tiger beetle and the false tree coral snake. The tiger beetle was considered extinct and it has only thrived in Nicaragua. The snake hasn’t been noticed in Honduras since 1965.
There were 180 plant species, 198 species of birds, 94 butterflies, 40 small mammals, 56 amphibians and reptiles, and 30 large mammals.
“Our team of scientists were shocked at the discovery of tremendously rich biodiversity, including many rare and threatened species,” Trond Larsen, Director of Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program, (RAP), said. “The ‘White City’ is one of the few areas remaining in Central America where ecological and evolutionary processes remain intact.”
According to him, it will be hard to enforce protection. This rainforest is the largest contiguous protected area in Latin America north of the Amazon.
“This illegal activity is being driven tangentially by drug trafficking, so it’s driven by powerful people with money,” Larsen added.
Biodiversity is of great help for the environment. We need pollinators, fresh water springs, food, medicine and soil. We ned our planet. That’s why we need to do our best to protect it.
Conservation International believes that the findings of researchers will protect the area from deforestation.
“Overall, our findings demonstrate that the area is of global environmental as well as archaeological significance,” Larsen said. “Armed with this knowledge, stakeholders can now begin to design and implement conservation strategies to protect this critical ecosystem.”
“We have been doing field work in the indigenous territories of La Mosquitia for 14 years, and this site stood out as being simply gorgeous,” Dr John Polisar, a member of the RAP expedition team, adds.
“Because of its presently intact forests and fauna the area is of exceptionally high conservation value. It merits energetic and vigilant protection so its beauty and wildlife persist into the future.”