• Discovering Colombia's rare flora and fauna

    From Internetado@21:1/5 to All on Mon Jun 8 11:44:58 2020
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    Colombia's tropical rainforests have been disappearing fast. Since the
    2016 peace deal between the government and the Farc guerrillas much of
    the virgin jungle that was previously off-limits due to conflict has
    now been chopped down, destroying entire ecosystems. But now efforts
    are under way to save what's left.

    Earlier this year, and just before the coronavirus lockdown, I joined
    an expedition of top botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in
    London into previously unexplored rainforest in the Serrania de las
    Quinchas, as they searched for rare plant species, some of them unknown
    to science.

    Colombia is the second most bio-diverse country in the world after
    Brazil. It also has more bird species - 1,958 at latest count - than
    any other country.

    If there were a game of Top Trumps for hummingbirds then Colombia would
    win hands-down. With its mountains, jungles and rainforests, this large
    South American nation boasts some of the world's most colourful flora
    and fauna. Here is a small sample of what we saw.[...]




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