"Lost World" Unveiled in First Footage from Indonesia's Foja Mountains

12/14/2007

Arlington, Virginia � A tropical paradise teeming with spectacular, never before filmed wildlife will be seen by the public for the first time on Dec. 16, when CBS network's 60 MINUTES airs a program about the "Lost World" of Indonesia�s Foja Mountains.

Scientists from Conservation International (CI) and the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) were accompanied by the CBS camera crew earlier this year to the region. The CI and LIPI scientists first visited this isolated range in western New Guinea in 2005, when they discovered a number of new species of animals and plants. The scientists say it is probable that several more new species were discovered on the recent trip. 

"It�s comforting to know that there is a place on Earth so isolated that it remains the absolute realm of wild nature," said CI Vice President Bruce Beehler, who led the expedition. "We were pleased to see that this little piece of Eden remains as pristine and enchanting as it was when we first visited."

The CBS camera crew captured some first-ever footage of several rare and little-known birds, as well as two mammals believed to be new to science. Viewers may be seeing animals that have never been described by science.

Information, photos, and footage about the expedition and the species will be posted at http://www.conservation.org/foja and inquiries about the expedition and the region can be sent to foja@conservation.org.

The program will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Dec. 16 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. For a preview, click here.

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