20 May '11, 1pm

Mysterious guinea-pig sized rodent shows up after an absence of 113 years!

Spectacular mammal rediscovered after 113 years! 19 May 2011 | News story A unique and mysterious guinea-pig-sized rodent, not seen since 1898 despite several organized searches, has bizarrely showed up at the front door of IUCN Member ProAves’ El Dorado Nature Reserve Eco-lodge in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Colombia. The magnificent red-crested tree rat (Santamartamys rufodorsalis ), stayed for almost two hours while two ProAves volunteers took the first ever photos of a creature the world thought would never be seen again. The charming nocturnal rodent made his re-debut to the world at 9:30pm on 4 May at the El Dorado Nature Reserve in the Sierra Nevada. The reserve was established in 2005 by Fundación ProAves, Colombia’s foremost bird conservation organization, with support from American Bird Conservancy, World Land Trust-US, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/species/?7517

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