Chapman’s pygmy chameleon is one of the world’s rarest chameleons, and now clings to survival in small patches of forest. Krystal Tolley An extremely rare species of chameleon feared to be extinct has been found alive, for now. Chapman’s pygmy chameleon ( Rhampholeon chapmanorum ) lives only in the lowland rainforest of the Malawi Hills in southern Malawi, around 80 percent of which have been cleared since 1984. But a study published in Oryx — The International Journal of Conservation on Tuesday found that the chameleons are still "clinging to survival" in the patches of forest that do remain. "The first one we found was in the transition zone on the forest edge, where there are some trees but mostly maize and cassava plants," study lead author professor Krystal Tolley from the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the University of the Witwatersrand said in a press release . "When we found it we got goosebumps and just started jumping around. We didn’t know if we would get any more, but once we got into the forest there were plenty, although I don’t know how long that will last." Chameleons face extinction at higher rates than the approximately 15 […]

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