93 NEW ANIMAL SPECIES FOUND IN IRIAN JAYA

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JAYAPURA, Irian Jaya (April 28, 2000 – Antara/Kabar Irian)---An international conservation agency researcher, Yance de Fretes, on Thursday announced the finding of 93 new animal species in Wapoga and Sewa sub-districts, Yapen Waropen district in the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya.

"The number (of new animal species) could increase as some researchers continue to conduct research in the province," De Fretes said after delivering a speech at an environmental journalism training course being held here.

He said the new species were found in reptiles, fish, ants, frogs and dragonflies categories.

The training was organized by the non-governmental organization, People’s Awareness of Environmental Information, in cooperation with the Irian Jaya chapter of the Reformasi Indonesian Journalists Association, he said.

KABAR IRIAN ("Irian News") Website: http://www.irja.org/ 

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