Explorers is on the hunt to solve the mystery of town, in the Honduran rainforest to find the unknown beings

(Credit: Trond Larsen/Conservation International)

Scientists are exploring an area that is thought to contain an ancient lost city in the Honduras rain forest have discovered that there is a huge eco-system of rare and endangered species, including a number of animals that are presumed extinct.

It was the exploration of the so-called ” City of the Jaguar,’ the supposed territory of the legendary lost White City.

This is lost in the old scheme, it is also known as the Ciudad Blanca or the White City of the Monkey God.


Ancient folklore dating to the 16th Century and tells the story of the Monkey-God, who lived in the town and preyed upon the human women.

Legend has it that the women of Ciudad Blanca would then give birth to half-chimp, half-human baby.

Archaeological discoveries have been made in the area, but it is not conclusive proof of a vast city is ever to be found.

As a biologist Trond Larsen was part of a team, exploring the City, the inclusion in the ‘White City’ and was amazed by the hundreds of rare species of flora and fauna that they are there to be discovered.

He wrote in a blog post: “What we have found is the extremely high levels of biodiversity in the context of Central America, including many rare, threatened and endangered species, new country records.

(Credit: Trond Larsen/Conservation International)

“This means that the region is a pristine wilderness that needs to be preserved in order to maintain the integrity of the ecological corridors of Central America.”

Larsen works for the environmental non-profit Conservation International, which is headquartered in Virginia and led to the organization of the Rapid Assessment Program at the White City.

The team had to travel by helicopter and were escorted by the soldiers, in case they crashed into the side of a drug while they are on the lookout for the animals of the forest.

They have been able to discover 180 species of plants, along with 250 species of insects, 198 species of birds and many other animals.

These animals, including the rare pale-faced bat, which has not been seen in Honduras for more than 75 years of age and a possible new species of fish.

They also came across an unusual eyelash viper snakes and the red-eyed tree frogs.

The researchers wrote in their newly published report: “Many of these species are rare or very rare in other parts of their range due to habitat loss and degradation, hunting, and other pressures.

“It’s one of the few remaining areas in Central America and the ecological and evolutionary processes remain intact.”

The Honduran government is committed to protecting the security of this region and further scientific research.

Research continues to try and find out the exact location and the conclusive evidence of the White City.

This story was originally published in The Sun.

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