New Species Discoveries
The Greater Mekong is a hotbed of biodiversity, and despite the many threats faced by wildlife in this region - including habitat destruction, the wildlife trade, invasive species and climate change - new species are being discovered all the time. WWF has been documenting these remarkable discoveries since 2007, with the first report highlighting species discoveries for the previous 10 years since 1997. These critical discoveries show that there is still a great deal to be uncovered in our region - and a great deal to lose if nothing is done to conserve the remaining habitats and wildlife. All of us - conservation organizations, government, private sector actors, and the general public - must take urgent action to ensure that more species are not lost before they're even discovered.
© Sanjay Sondhi
New Species Discoveries in the Greater Mekong 2020
An extraordinary 224 new species of vasular plants and vertebrate animals - including a leaf monkey in Myanmar, a stinky ginger plant in Thailand, and an odd scaled snake in Viet Nam - were discovered in the Greater Mekong in 2020.
© Aryeh H. Miller