Amazing! These are 4 Rare Animals Native to Papua that are Rarely Known – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) noted that as of 2019, there were 241 mammal species in Papua. This number does not include the diversity of other species yet, such as hundreds of bird species and various marine species. A research on the diversity of flora and fauna in Papua continues to this day. One of the largest studies undertaken to uncover the island’s biodiversity was the Langguru Expedition in 2014.

The expedition which lasted for 6 weeks by hundreds of researchers succeeded in finding 50 new types of flora and fauna from different taxa, such as birds, insects, amphibians, corals, and orchids. Well, it turns out that there are rare native Papuan animals that are very rarely known by people. What are these animals? Check out reviews this time, which is summarized from various sources.

1. Mambruk Bird

Mambruk is a bird that belongs to the family or group of pigeons. This bird is large, its feathers are dominated by blue-gray color, red eyes, and what is characteristic is the presence of a crown on its head.

Mambruk itself is divided into 3 types, namely southern mambruk (Goura scheepmakeri), Victorian mambruk (Goura victoria), and sweet potato mambruk (Goura cristata). In general, the distribution of Mambruk is throughout Papua, for example in the forests of Biak and Mimika.

Unfortunately, Mambruk is also a bird that is often hunted because of the beauty of its crown and its meat which is considered delicious for consumption. Therefore, the population continues to decrease and is even listed in the vulnerable category on the International Nature Conservation Agency (IUCN) hazard list.

2. Dingiso

This animal lives in tree areas, with a head length of 52-81 cm, a tail length of 40-94 cm, weighs between 6.5-14.5 kg, and has a gait similar to a tree kangaroo. In the local language of the Moni tribe, Dingiso means sacred animal because local people believe that dingiso is their ancestor.

Since it was first discovered in a study by Dr. Tim Flannery in 1994, this one animal is indeed very rare. In the list made by the IUCN, the dingiso is also included in the category of very rare animals.

3. Kuskus Waigeo

Bird of Kuskus Waigeo is also known by another name, namely scham-scham cuscus. Not only the name is unique, the appearance of this cuscus is also unique. Their fur is dominated by white which is shown by a number of black patterns, and has red eyes.

The length of the Waigeo cuscus ranges from 497-560 mm, while the female is around 472 mm and weighs 2.65 kg. Kuskus Waigeo includes animals that are nocturnal and shy or rarely seen themselves. Just like the two previous species, Kuskus Waigeo also includes animals that are classified as rare and protected.

4.  Labi Labi Moncong Babi

As the name implies, the characteristics of this species is the snout or nose that resembles a pig’s snout. Labi labi Moncong Babi live in freshwater or brackish water areas. They include omnivorous animals that can eat various types of food,like fruit, worms, to mice.

 Eggs of the animal are also often taken illegally. So, do not be surprised if this type of anymal is included in the list of endangered animals in the list made by the IUCN and protected species in accordance with the Regulation of the Minister of the Environment and the Godhead (LHK) 20 of 2018.

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