Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO)
|Chapman’s Pygmy Chameleons are classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2021-3)|
Chapman’s Pygmy Chameleon (Rhampholeon chapmanorum) – Critically Endangered *
This tiny, only 6cm fully grown, terrestrial chameleon is one of the world’s rarest chameleons, if not the rarest. It is a habitat specialist, occurring only in the vegetation of primary rainforest remnants on Malawi Hill in the Rift Valley, Malawi.
Unfortunately, most of the primary rainforest habitat has been, and is still being converted for agriculture through slash and burn clearing. More than 95% of its habitat has already been destroyed, with recent work showing that only about 40 ha (0.4 km2) of forest remains and this is highly fragmented, with an estimate that between 80 – 96% of the forest has been lost since the 1980s.
Other Malawi chameleon species being threatened include these from the Mulanje forest; another habitat being destroyed:
- Mulanje chameleon – Endangered *
- Mount Mulanje pygmy chameleon – Endangered *
Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO) is a non-profit organization initiated by five dedicated biologists with a passion for nature and a desire to help preserve the remaining natural resources on this planet.
Globally, biodiversity is under serious pressure due to the rapidly growing human population. Many areas and uncountable species are already lost forever. If we want to conserve current levels of biodiversity, an essential first step is to know what species of plants and animals are sharing this planet with us and how they are distributed.
Information about the biodiversity of certain areas, both nationally and internationally, is often surprisingly limited and in most cases restricted to some of the larger mammals/birds. BINCO strives to help fill this gap in biodiversity knowledge and through the collection and dissemination of primary data contribute directly to the protection of selected areas and individual species.
Standardized biodiversity survey efforts are primarily directed to understudied or threatened regions with a high conservation value. A stable man-nature relationship is essential to successfully tackle the biodiversity crisis and BINCO aims to increase this awareness.
[* current IUCN Red List Category]
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