Conservation group finds weird, furry critters
Behold ... the "tube-nosed" fruit bat.
April 14th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

Conservation group finds weird, furry critters

From a bat christened "Yoda" to frogs with inflating noses dubbed "Pinocchio," Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program has discovered many bizarre new species in the world's most remote regions. The group aims to promote and protect biodiversity.

To celebrate two decades of the program, Conservation International is publishing "Still Counting..." a book charting its history and showcasing several of its greatest finds. The program has completed 80 surveys in 27 countries, scouring land, sea and freshwater sites in search of new species.

Louise Emmons is an adjunct scientist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. She traveled on 14 Rapid Assessment Program expeditions between 1990 and 1998. "Our first expedition was to Madidi in Bolivia, and that was immediately made into a huge national park, one of the largest in South America," she said. "And after that, an even greater biodiversity was discovered in the mountains that were linked to part of it."

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  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    Lucifer, where have u been , LOL

    April 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Biodiversity. What a great word! I hope they keep up the good work...that, couples with the WWF, gives me some hope that the world still has something new we can learn about our planet's wildlife.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    OFT

    Oops...hi, Jazzzzzzzz!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Canadian Genius

    Good thing this hasn't become a cable reality show. The network would insist on some sort of "hook", like they find the animals, then cook them or make them fight, or something.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    OFT

    Canadian Genius: only if Andrew Zimmerman from the Travel Channel hosts it! 😉

    April 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jazzzzzzzzz

    Weird furry critters? Why are we talking about Russ 'high on Oxi' Limbaugh?

    April 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Can you say : The Trouble with Tribbles? Anyone member that ?

    April 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drap

    Yes,Star Trek..those tribbles remind me of my late grandpas earfuzz... .

    April 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    Ew, And nose hair.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The (banasy is a Goddess foundation)

    We kneel before your feet O Goddess of Fertility... And please bear me a son .. O great goddess .....

    April 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    That's illogical.

    April 15, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |