Namdapha Flying Squirrel

Namdapha Flying Squirrel

News: The Namdapha flying squirrel, missing for 42 years, has been rediscovered in Arunachal Pradesh.

• The Namdapha flying squirrel (Biswamoyopterus biswasi) is an arboreal, nocturnal flying squirrel endemic to Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India. It is known from a single specimen collected in Namdapha National Park in 1981.
• The squirrel has reddish, grizzled fur with white above.
• The Namdapha flying squirrel is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. Its range may be restricted to a single valley, and it is threatened by poaching of animals for food within the park, and possibly by habitat destruction.
• It is among the 25 “most wanted lost” species that are the focus of Re:wild’s “Search for Lost Species” initiative. 

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