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What? Another species?! I thought we were close to being done.

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Thanks to Dr. Marshall for the photo

While traipsing through the Magombera forest in east Tanzania, Dr. Andy Marshall spotted a helpless little creature being eaten by a twig snake. With the courage and strength often associated with ecologists, Dr. Marshall rescued a new species of chameleon from the jaws of certain death. Well, actually he and his team startled the snake, causing it to drop the chameleon where Marshall’s team then picked it up.
Dr. Marshall and his cohort Michele Menegon named the species Kinyongia magomberae (the Magombera chameleon). That’s chameleon species number 161 for those keeping track at home.

When not stumbling on new creatures, Dr. Marshall works as a conservation researcher with the Environment Department at the University of York. His research is assessing the current state of the Magombera Forest. The forest is home to an incredibly high biodiversity but, as you might have guessed, that biodiversity is being threatened. It’s currently unprotected and vulnerable to damage by illegal squatters from surrounding areas. As a part of his project, Dr. Marshall’s team is attempting to educate the local population on sustainability for the forest.

Listen to Dr. Marshall tell it like it is (audio from U of York):

You can read more about Dr. Marshall, the Magombera chameleon, and the Magombera Forest on the University of York’s website.

Comments

  1. #1 Captain Skellett
    November 25, 2009

    That chameleon looks seriously freaked out by its recent near death experience.

  2. #2 Andrew B
    December 4, 2009

    Actually, I think we still have like 3 to go.

  3. #3 sikiş izle
    December 8, 2009

    We’re eagerly waiting to see the whole thing be revealed in London on October 4, 2010. We’d do live reporting if Andrew was allowed to leave the lower 48

  4. #4 avşa adası
    December 16, 2009

    thank you mens

  5. #5 MW Lopert
    October 20, 2010

    Interesting. I was wondering if the Katie Thompson who posted this is from New Mexico and went to college in Denver. If so please write back to me.

  6. #6 Katie Thompson
    October 20, 2010

    Taint me, buddy. Once again, I’m not the Katie Thompson someone was hoping for.

    ::sigh::

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