While setting up survey plots to better understand the habitat of the endangered kipunji in 2010, Udzungwa Forest Project researchers stumbled across a tree that they could not identify. The initial specimen collections contained leaves and fruits but no flowers, meaning that the tree could not be verified. This led the research team to embark on their annual expedition to the Udzungwa Mountains two months earlier than usual, in an attempt to catch the tree in flower.
Saturday 10th July saw visitors enjoying Flamingo Land’s very first Tanzania Day. Designed to showcase the Theme Park & Zoo’s conservation work in East Africa, the launch of this annual event featured some of the country’s diverse plant and animal species. However, Flamingo Land’s Udzungwa Forest Project (UFP) provided the central theme.
Flamingo Land's Dr. Andrew Marshall first discovered the animal while surveying monkeys in the Magombera Forest for the University of York Environment Department. The specimen used to describe the new species was first spotted being eaten by a deadly twig snake, which spat out the hapless chameleon as the researcher approached!
Work assessing wildlife populations and forest health in Tanzania continued this month despite the elements. Flamingo Land's field assistants have had to wade to work to complete the important conservation activities that are helping to save a threatened tropical forest.