Friday, May 20, 2011

A mammal thought to be extinct was rediscovered in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta


Lizzie Noble and Simon McKeown volunteers from the foundation Proaves did a wonderful rediscovery on 4 May 2011.

On a mission of observation of reptiles they saw a small mammal, believed extinct for 113 years.

The Red-crested Tree Rat (Santamartamys rufodorsalis) is 18 inches long from head to the tip of the tail and appeared in the doorway of ProAves’ El Dorado Nature Reserve Eco-lodge in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.

It was walking around for several minutes during which time it was photographed by the team bird watchers.
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