Monday, 8 December 2014

Scientists plan to go in search of the world’s rarest chameleon

Chapman’s pygmy chameleon hasn’t been seen for 16 years. Now scientists want to go on an expedition to its native country of Malawi, to find out if it still exists, reports Mongabay

Jeremy Hance for mongabay.com, part of the Guardian Environment Network

Thursday 4 December 2014 14.07 GMT

The tiny, little-known chameleon, that researchers have dubbed the world’s most endangered, is thought to live in just two patches of forest in Malawi.

Chapman’s pygmy chameleon (Rhampholeon chapmanorum) hasn’t been seen in 16 years. In that time, its habitat has been whittled down to an area about the size of just 100 American football fields. Given this, scientists are now scrambling to raise funds to conduct an expedition to its last stand, Malawi Hill, to determine if Chapman’s pygmy chameleon still survives.

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