The First Contact report highlights the need for the region's economic development and environmental protection to go hand-in-hand. In this way providing for livelihoods and ensuring the survival of the Greater Mekong's astonishing array of species and natural habitats.
Some of the 'stars' from First Contact are:
- Khao Yai, thought to be extinct 11 million years ago, was first encountered by scientists in a Lao food market.
- Siamese Peninsula pit viper was found slithering through the rafters of a restaurant in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.
- The world’s largest huntsman spider with a leg span of 30 centimetres found in a cave in Northern Laos.
- The hot pink coloured, “dragon millipede," produces cyanide as a defence mechanism.