Rain forest discovered
a 500 square kilometre stretch of rain forest has been discovered in Assam. The discovery was made by Saumyadeep Dutta, an environmentalist. This was reported in The Times of India. According to Dutta, the forest which spills into Arunachal Pradesh, houses 32 species of mammals and 260 species of birds, including rare species of elephant, tiger and the clouded leopard, Chinese pangolin, sloth bear, sambar, hoolock gibbons, kalif pheasants, hornbills and wood ducks. "I am very hopeful that the government will declare the forest as a sanctuary,' Dutta said. The only rain forests known to exist in India are in Kerala. Rain forests grow in warm and constantly wet conditions, with an annual rainfall of more than 80 inches.