When the scientists from Kew visited Mabu
in 2008 they discovered a number of new species after having only explored a small area of the forest.
He, with his eagle eye, saw this thing - he recognized it as somewhat different," said Jonathan Timberlake, who led the 2008 expedition to Mabu
Not even in Kew were there any specimens from Mabu
, or even any mention of it.
He has led six expeditions, one to Mount Mulanje and the others to three mountains in northern Mozambique, including Mabu.
Ironically, the Google Earth image of the Mount Mabu region of Mozambique has since acquired a label that simply reads "unexplored area".
Kew says the previously unmapped Mount Mabu in northern Mozambique is a vast, pristine area of medium altitude forest bursting with biodiversity.
This is potentially the biggest area of medium-altitude forest I'm aware of in southern Africa, yet it was not on the map, and most Mozambicans would not have even recognised the name Mount Mabu.
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Julian Bayliss, a scientist for Kew based in the region, discovered Mount Mabu
while searching on Google Earth for a possible conservation project.