Peru provides habitat for new discoveries

23rd Oct 2012

Scientists have found eight previously undiscovered mammals in Peru.

Tourists with an interest in wildlife might want to head to Peru's Tabaconas-Namballe National Sanctuary if they want to get a glimpse of something unusual. The area, in a remote region of the Peruvian Andes, has amazed biologists who found it was home to mammals, amphibians and insects they had never encountered before.

The newly-discovered creatures have yet to be named and investigated in more detail. But they include a type of nocturnal monkey; a marsupial; a porcupine; a shrew; rodents; a new species of olingo and possibly a grey fox.

The sanctuary, part of the Department of Cajamarca in Peru, is already the habitat of 434 recognised species including 85 mammals, 326 birds and 23 reptiles and amphibians. Some of its rarest inhabitants are the mountain tapir - an endangered species - and the spectacled bear, which is classified vulnerable.

And researchers believe there may be even more creatures still left to find in the area, which is made up of cloud forest and alpine grassland as well as waterfalls and lagoons.

Visitors can head to the area and discover the wildlife for themselves by flying to Cajamarca from Lima or catching a bus from Chiclayo, Trujillo and Lima.


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