Discovered Species in the Heart of Borneo

A frog with no lungs, a “ninja” slug firing love darts at its mate, and the world’s longest insect are among new species discovered in the three years since the Heart of Borneo conservation plan was drawn up by the three governments with jurisdiction over the world’s third largest island.


 

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Video: The newly discovered Kopstein's bronzeback snake is caught on camera eating a lizard.

What other mysteries await in the Heart of Borneo?

Borneo is an island in Southeast Asia that is mostly covered by dense tropical forests that are full of many amazing and threatened species, such as the pygmy elephant, orang-utan, rhinoceros, and clouded leopard. The natural environment of this region is under threat as forests are increasingly destroyed to make way for timber companies, palm oil plantations, mining operations, hydropower and other infrastructure developments.

Learn more about WWF's Heart of Borneo initiative, which works with the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei Darussalam to protect the immense and constantly surprising biodiversity of this incredibly rich region of our living planet.

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