Scientists discovered a new species of orange and black mountain bat in the mountains in West Africa.
The researchers were led by the American Museum of Natural History and Bat Conservation International and believe this new species are likely critically endangered.
‘In an age of extinction, a discovery like this offers a glimmer of hope,’ said Winifred Frick, chief scientist at Bat Conservation International and an associate research professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz in a statement.
‘It’s a spectacular animal. It has this bright-orange fur, and because it was so distinct, that led us to realise it was not described before. Discovering a new mammal is rare. It has been a dream of mine since I was a child.’