The largest ever Ebola outbreak is affecting several countries in West Africa, including Sierra Leone and Liberia where the RSPB has been working for many years with local BirdLife partners and Governments to conserve critical biodiversity and sustainably manage the greater Gola landscape. The epidemic has already been responsible for over 3083 deaths and is still threatening more lives as well as the economies of these countries. The RSPB is doing its upmost to support and assist project staff as well as Gola’s local communities during these particularly difficult times, and stressing that staff and communities should take advice from the medical authorities, and highlighting how critical it is for all to abide to national and international efforts to contain this epidemic. It is with heartfelt friendship that the RSPB reaches out to all its Sierra Leonean and Liberian colleagues.
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What do Monday's mean to you? Back to the office, catching up on your emails from last week, meeting after meeting? Have you ever wondered what Monday looks like in the rainforest?
If you have then make sure you check out #rainforestlive on Twitter and Facebook today because conservationists from rainforest sites around Southeast Asia are sharing live photos, videos and wildlife sightings from their respective sites. So far the teams taking part have spotted ridiculously cute baby orangutans, elusive tarsiers and majestic elephants.
Matt Williams, Communications Manager for the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project, thinks it's important to remind people why organisations are working to save these special places:
"So often coverage of rainforests focuses on the threats to jungles and wildlife. Amid stories about palm oil, deforestation, logging and poaching, it's easy to forget the beauty and wonders of these forests. If people in Southeast Asia and across the world are reminded of this incredible natural gift, then we have a better chance of saving tropical rainforest everywhere."
A new rare frog species has been found! The special frog, Theloderma cf. corticale, is an uncommon species and very hard to spot as it is cleverly camouflaged.
The frog was accidentally discovered by one of Harapan Rainforest’s field guide staff while "tree hugging" during a nature hike on a new Forest Trail. (When you look at the below photo you can begin to understand how that might be the case!)
IUCN lists Theloderma cf. corticale as a Data Deficient species, which is the case for many amphibian species in this generally under-researched taxa group.
Theloderma is a genus of frogs in the family Rhacophoridae, subfamily Rhacophorinae. They are only found in South, Southeast and East Asia. They are sometimes known as bug-eyed frogs or warty treefrogs.
This now makes a total of 39 amphibian species found in Harapan Rainforest to date (6 of which are Near Threatened). This number will undoubtedly rise as we learn more about this vast regenerating tropical forest so watch this space as the year progresses...