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New animal and plant species found in Vietnam
Date:9/25/2007

e is a skipper a butterfly with quick, darting flight habitsfrom the genus Zela and the other is a new genus in the subfamily of Satyrinae.

According to WWF experts, all of these species are at risk from illegal logging, hunting, unsustainable extraction of natural resources and conflicting development interests. However, local authorities in particular the Thua Thien Hue Provincial Forest Protection Department have committed to conserve and sustainably manage these valuable forests.

The area is extremely important for conservation and the province wants to protect the forests and their environmental services, as well as contribute to sustainable development, said Hoang Ngoc Khanh, director of Thua Thien Hue Provincial Forest Protection Department.

Stretching from the mountainous forests of the Annamites to one of the last remaining lowland wet evergreen forests, the Green Corridor supports significant populations of threatened species and includes some of the longest remaining stretches of lowland river with intact forest habitat in Vietnam feeding into the Perfume River. Recent surveys found 15 reptiles and amphibians and six bird species among the threatened species living there. It is also home to one of the worlds most endangered primateswhite-cheeked crested gibbonsand the best location in Vietnam to save the saolaa unique type of wild cattle just discovered by scientists in 1992.

According to WWF experts, the forests of the Annamites are important water catchments, supplying water for thousands of people who depend on the regions rivers. Local ethnic minority groups earn more than half of their income from the non-timber resources of these same forests.


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Contact: Kathleen Sullivan
kathleen.sullivan@wwfus.org
202-778-9576
World Wildlife Fund
Source:Eurekalert

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