A lot of resources on this planet have drained. Experts always warn us about the devastating effects that we are doing. One of the major priorities is climate change. By doing this, a lot of plant and animal species have gone extinct.
According to a research done in 2017, unexplored rainforests in Honduras are home to some of the species labeled as extinct.
This begins with the Mosquitia forest, which is also known as “The Lost City of the Monkey God” of “the white city.” A group of researchers from Conservation International took part in a three-week expedition and the results were amazing.
The White City was away from human influence for more than a half-millennium. The ancestors of the indigenous Pech people left the city overnight.
The place is full of “extinct” species such as fish, amphibians, and mammals. The ecosystem is perfectly working out there and some of these are on the verge of extinction.
Researchers have found undocumented fish and other species such as the pale-faced bat, the tiger beetle and the false tree coral snake in the City of the Jaguar. The tiger beetle was considered extinct and it has only thrived in Nicaragua. Since 1965, the snake hasn’t been noticed in Honduras.
There we can find about 180 plant species, 198 species of birds, 94 butterflies, 40 small mammals, 56 amphibians and reptiles, and 30 large mammals.
Trond Larsen, Director of Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program, (RAP), said, “Our team of scientists were shocked at the discovery of tremendously rich biodiversity, including many rare and threatened species. The ‘White City’ is one of the few areas remaining in Central America where ecological and evolutionary processes remain intact.”
He also said that it will be hard to enforce protection. This rainforest is the largest contiguous protected area in Latin America north of the Amazon.
Larsen also said, “This illegal activity is being driven tangentially by drug trafficking, so it’s driven by powerful people with money.”
Biodiversity help the environment. We need pollinators, fresh water springs, food, medicine and soil. We need to do our best to protect our planet as we need it.
Conservation International believes that the findings of researchers will protect the area from deforestation.
Larsen said, “Overall, our findings demonstrate that the area is of global environmental as well as archaeological significance. Armed with this knowledge, stakeholders can now begin to design and implement conservation strategies to protect this critical ecosystem.”
Dr John Polisar, a member of the RAP expedition team, added, “We have been doing field work in the indigenous territories of La Mosquitia for 14 years, and this site stood out as being simply gorgeous.”
“Because of its presently intact forests and fauna the area is of exceptionally high conservation value. It merits energetic and vigilant protection so its beauty and wildlife persist into the future.”