A report by WWF on World Environment day has highlighted 15 species recently discovered in the Greater Mekong.
One of the more unusual amongst these is the, Griffin's leaf nosed bat, discovered in 2008 but not documented until 2012. By chance I was on the island myself in 2008, but was not fortunate enough to witness such an extraordinary creature.
In Vietnam, a peculiar-looking bat was first seen in 2008 on Vietnam’s Cat Ba Island, but it wasn't until later, after catching some of the bats, that a team of researchers found out it was a previously unknown species. Griffin’s leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros griffini) is recognised by its grotesque, fleshy nose that assists in echolocation, the sonar-like ability bats use to help them navigate.