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    New tapir species confirmed in rainforest

    2013 - 12.31

    Scientists have discovered a new species of tapir in the Brazilian Amazon, the first new type to be identified in more than a century.

    The new discovery is the fifth species of the mammal, which looks similar to a rhino, to be found and the fourth in Central and South America. It is a miniature tapir – a small, nocturnal and friendly animal that has been hunted in Brazil and Colombia for centuries.

    Known locally as the ‘little black tapir’, the new species has been officially named the Kabomani tapir. It is around 240 pounds in weight, and is a third of the size of the Brazilian tapir.

    It appears that Western scientists had previously failed to recognise the Kabomani as a distinct species because the animal was believed to be just a smaller Brazilian tapir, even though local people argued that it was not, Discover Magazine reported.

    All species of tapir are on the endangered list due to hunting and deforestation. Scientists who spent 10 years using DNA evidence to the prove the new species existed are now concerned about its survival, along with that of the rainforest itself. That’s why it remains so important that companies like Greenwood Management are working towards a sustainable future for the Amazon.

    Deforestation brought to football fans’ attention

    2013 - 12.04

    An Amazon Indian chief aiming to stop deforestation is bringing the world’s attention to his campaign by camping out at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

    Ash Ashaninka is using the publicity around next year’s football World Cup to publicise the destruction of the Amazon. He has pledged to remain in his shack outside the sports arena until the World Cup final next year. He is one of around 200 demonstrators living in makeshift homes and tents to draw attention to deforestation and the loss of their homes, as the land where they have lived for centuries is sold to developers.

    Efforts have been made to remove Ash and other demonstrates by officials concerned they will still be there when the football tournament starts in June.

    Ash told the Daily Mirror: “We shall not be moved. We will be here for the World Cup, make no mistake. This is about money. They don’t want us here because they want to sell our land to rich businessmen.

    “They certainly don’t want us here for the World Cup. It would highlight the terrible way they have been treating indigenous Indians.”

    Ethical companies such as Greenwood Management are already working to lower the rate of deforestation in the Amazon and other at-risk forests, so it is crucial that we all aim to do out bit.