Miss PNG wants Manus’ green snails protected

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MISS Papua New Guinea Niawali Twain has campaigned for the protection of the emerald green snail found on Manus.
She is among the nine girls contesting the Miss Pacific Islands 2017 in Nadi, Fiji.
On Wednesday night, her sarong wear told the story of the emerald green tree snail found nowhere else in the world but on Manus.
The emerald green tree snail, also called the “forest jewel”, is scientifically known as papustyla pulcherrima.
Twain, a part Manus islander, highlighted the fact that the green snail was an endangered species.
Its habitat in the tropical rainforest is being threatened by logging, road construction, other development activities and rising sea levels. She used the pageant platform to call for its protection.
The nine Pacific Island contestants are from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rapa Nui (Easter Islands), Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Tonga. They marched through Nadi ahead of the opening ceremony of the four-day pageant.
The opening ceremony was held at 7.30pm where the contestants introduced themselves before the sarong wear show.
The crowning of Miss Pacific Islands will be at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday night.