Photo: Santamartamys Rufodorsalis
Santamartamys Rufodorsalis , or Rufo, as we call this super cute rodent has not been since 1898, despite several searches. This red-crested tree rat was last since in the same area, Colombia, when it was refound recently.
Rufo was discovered by Lizzie Noble and Simon McKewn, two volunteer researchers at El Dorado Nature Reserve in the northern coast of Colombia. Though considered very elusive it just walked up to these researchers and basically reintroduced itself to the world at 9:30 p.m. in early May.
“He just shuffled up the handrail near where we were sitting and seemed totally unperturbed by all the excitement he was causing,” said Noble, from England. The El Dorado range which is 2,000 acres of protected land was also the sighting in 2007 of a rare hummingbird and a screech owl not known to exist before its discovery.
“We are absolutely delighted to have rediscovered such a wonderful creature” reaffirmed Noble and McKwen.