Honduras/ Central America’s ‘Lost City of Monkey God’ reveals treasure trove of rare, new and rediscovered creatures

Deep in the verdant greenery of the rain-forest in Honduras, bordered by steep ridges, lies an archaeological site home to ancient ruins and thriving ecosystem. Honduras, officially the Republic of Honduras, is a country in Central America.

There’s long been a rumor of a pre-Columbian settlement in this region, sometimes known as the “Lost City of the Monkey God”.

Now a team of scientists, led by Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) in coordination with the Government of Honduras, have discovered this site is home to rare species. Conservation International is a leading global organization engaged in the protection of nature and wildlife.

Creatures uncovered include a tiger beetle, previously only ever recorded in Nicaragua and believed to be extinct.

The government of Honduras wanted to know what wildlife was living in this undisturbed region and commissioned this extensive survey of the area’s biodiversity, with incredible results.

246 species of butterflies and moths, 30 bats, 57 amphibians, reptiles, fishes, mammals and insects recorded

Overall, the team recorded 246 species of butterflies and moths, 30 bats, 57 amphibians and reptiles, alongside many plants, fishes, mammals and insects.

Many of these are rare and endangered.

The team had to be helicoptered into this remote rainforest area.

Trond Larsen, director of Conservation International’s rapid assessment program, says the animals and creatures that live in the area aren’t used to human interaction, which allowed for some incredible moments of interaction and education.

Large groups of monkeys hang out and try to figure out what you are

“Large groups of monkeys, for example, hang out and try to figure out what you are and what’s going on, there’s an opportunity to see tremendous amounts of wildlife,” he says.

The explorer also highlights the beauty and serenity of the area. He has clicked many incredible pictures of the area.

Larsen hopes viewers of the photographs will be left inspired to reflect on the magnificence of our world’s wildlife.