Survey of Tonga's Vava'u returns exciting animal discoveries | Pacific Beat

Survey of Tonga's Vava'u returns exciting animal discoveries

Survey of Tonga's Vava'u returns exciting animal discoveries

Updated 13 March 2014, 10:50 AEST

In Tonga, scientists have made an exciting discovery that the Friendly Ground Dove or Tooo has extended the range of its habitat with the globally-threatened bird observed further afield than before.

It's one of the discoveries from a two-week Rapid Biodiversity Survey of Vava'u in Tonga which painted a comprehensive and positive picture of the current status of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the island group.

Bruce Jefferies is the Terrestrial Ecosystems Management Officer at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program or SPREP.

He says while sightings of the dove species are promising, it's difficult to find out more about it.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Bruce Jefferies, Terrestrial Ecosystems Management Officer, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP)

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