The Himalayas might be known for having the planet’s highest peaks, but the epic mountain range is also one of the most biologically diverse spots on Earth. The area contains 5 percent of the world’s butterfly species, 8 percent of its bird species and many other extremely rare animals, such as the snow leopard and Asian elephant.
During a recent six-year eastern Himalayan expedition, scientists discovered more than 200 new species, including 133 plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, one reptile, one bird and one mammal. Here are a few of the most interesting:
Snub-Nosed Sneezing Monkey