The Tapanuli Orangutan

Defined as a new species in 2017 (distinct from the Bornean and Sumatran oragutans), the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) is a critically endangered great ape which is native to South Tapanuli in Sumatra. In 2017, genetic studies compared the genomes of the three extant orangutan species which showed that the Tapanuli orangutan diverged from the … Continue reading The Tapanuli Orangutan

The Panther Chameleon

A large chameleon endemic to Madagascar, the panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) is an arboreal reptilian which has also been introduced to Mauritius and Réunion. This vividly bright species is perfectly adapted to live in the tropical forests of northern Madagascar... The panther chameleon has a long tongue which they use to capture their insect prey; the … Continue reading The Panther Chameleon