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Flying Squirrel, Rainbow Lizard Among 367 New Species Discovered in the Greater Mekong

A giant flying squirrel, a bright green frog, a rainbow lizard and small bird are among 367 new species revealed by scientists in the Greater Mekong region in 2012-2013. WWF’s Mysterious Mekong report highlights 15 of the species including a squirrel with distinctive red and white fur and a warbler hiding in plain sight in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

The Greater Mekong region is home to a vast variety of wildlife and spectacular natural landscapes. More than 1,300 new species have been cataloged in the region since 1997. WWF helps promote sustainable forestry and maintain the health of rivers and tributaries to protect species and people in the area.

Take a look at a few of the recently discovered critters: