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MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept.
A recent flight set to travel from Papua New Guinea to Jakarta by way of Makassar, South Sulawesi had some surprising passengers. According to officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, this flight contained 687 baby pig-nosed turtles which were reportedly set to be smuggled into Hong Kong.
A new study found that one in three animal species in poor countries are being threatened by the world's appetite for coffee and timber.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a new species of gecko has been discovered in Papua New Guinea. Dressed in black and yellow stripes, biologists from the Papua New Guinea National Museum say the gecko resembles a bumblebee.
The Ropen is a flying creature claimed to inhabit the area around Papua New Guinea. This creature is part of the local folklore, however, the natives believe it is a real animal. The description varies from being bat-like to Pterosaur-like. Its tail is 25 percent as long as its wingspan. It is said to have a diet of fish, but some claim the creature also consumes human flesh. There have been three expeditions in search of evidence of the Ropen’s existence. In 2006, Paul Nation...
Southern Tailed Birdwing (Ornithoptera meridionalis), is the smallest species of butterfly in its genus. It is found in southern Papua New Guinea and in several areas along the south coast of Irian Jaya. It is strictly a lowland species, favouring primary rainforest. A very few specimens have also been collected at altitude in Irian Jaya, however these specimens were reared from immature stages and emerged crippled, suggesting that high altitude forests are not favoured habitats. Males...
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.