Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 4th, 2010
A new species of gecko lizard has recently been discovered by the Ta Cu Nature Reserve in Ta Cu mountain in the southern province of Binh Thuan.
The new endemic gecko lizard, Gekko takouensis sp. nov. Ngo & Gamble, which belongs to the gekkonidae family, was named after two scientists–Ngo Van Tri, an expert of the Department of Environmental Management and Technology under the HCM City Institute of Tropical Biology (HITB), and Tony Gamble, a US doctor in Minnesota University, for their discovery.
This is the second endemic gecko lizard found on Ta Cu mountain. The other is bent-toe gecko named Cyrtodactylus takouensis Ngo & Bauer.
According to Dr Vu Ngoc Long, Director of HITB’s Bio-diversity and Development Centre, there are at least 25 species of endangered animals at the Ta Cu Nature Reserve.
In an effort to protect the important nature reserve, a project has been launched to improve the management capacity of local authorities and raise people’s awareness of protecting environment.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.