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Philippine lizard one of the 10 incredible new species discoveries of 2011

A monitor lizard that lives in the forests of the Sierra Madre mountain range in the Philippines makes it to the top 10 new species discoveries of the year.The 6-foot long lizard (Varanus bitatawa) is a tree-dwelling fruit-eating creature and is one of the 10 incredible species in the list released on 23 May by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University.

Earlier in 2009, RP-based renewable energy company Energy Development Corporation signed a partnership with the Isabela Provincial Government to deter large-scale illegal logging while helping manage the watershed in the Northern Sierra Madre Park(NSMP). In May this year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has tapped EDC through its ‘Binhi’ reforestation project in its National Greening Program. Let’s hope that this discovery helps intensify the protection of NSMP’s biodiversity.

Varanus bitatawa (photo courtesy of dailymail.co.uk)