The Environment Department’s Dr Andy Marshall made a surprising discovery while conducting research into Tanzania’s rare kipunji monkey back in 2011.
His attention was drawn while trekking through mountainous forest regions by a curious tree, “as large as an oak”, that he was unable to identify. After checking in with records at the National Museums of Kenya, Marshall realised he had an entirely new species on his hands.
Now, the Conservation PhD is asking UK schools to submit potential names for his new discovery in collaboration with the charity campaign Schools for Forests.
“The Schools for Forests campaign is a fantastic opportunity to get students involved in charitable work while also having the opportunity to win an amazing range of prizes, including naming this new tree species,” Marshall said.
Schools for Forests is a unique competition and education scheme to raise funds for the conservation of tropical forests. The school that raises the most money will have the 20-metre tall tree named after them.