Aurora Gold Corp
OTCQB : ARXG
FRANKFURT : A4G
XETRA : A4G
BERLIN : A4G
STUT : A4G

February 01, 2012 09:48 ET

Aurora Gold Corp Identifies Significant New Gold Occurrence, Toucano

ZUG, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2012) -

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Aurora Gold Corporation (the "Company," or "Aurora") (OTCQB:ARXG)(FRANKFURT:A4G)(XETRA:A4G)(BERLIN:A4G)(STUTTGART:A4G), is a mineral exploration company focusing on exploration and development in the Tapajos Gold Province, State of Pará, Brazil.

The board of Aurora Gold Corporation is pleased to announce after a review of remote sensing imagery acquired during the last quarter of 2011 a series of areas were delineated as having potential to host significant mineralisation. Follow up of selected areas has resulted in a new highly mineralised occurrence.

Assay results from 4 samples taken from the core, and also 1 from crushed reject material:

TOU 001 89.17g/t gold
TOU 001 33.10g/t gold
TOU 001 18.04g/t gold
TOU 001 19.27g/t gold
TOU 001 89.54g/t gold

The new occurrence, named Toucano, is located in the same vicinity as the Fofoca area of mineralised material and containing a JORC compliant resource of 130,000 ounces, the Attacadau occurrence and also high grade Colibri occurrence. All the mineralised areas, including Toucano, have a strike approximating East-West.

Initial appraisal of Toucano shows that the dimensions are far greater than any of the previous discoveries on the Sao Domingo property. Currently the exposed area of interest measures approximately 320m along strike and with a highly mineralised core measuring approximately 15m in width. The mineralisation occurs at surface and has been excavated down to depth of approximately 5m. The surrounding host rocks are also highly altered and show intense stock work of ferruginous quartz veinlets. The mineralised envelope is approximately 40m in width, and is open to the East and West.

The board of Aurora feels this will evolve as the Company's flagship target on the Sao Domingo property and currently have their technical team on site evaluating the geometry of the mineralisation in preparation for orientation of drill hole locations.

The discovery is significant in that it is sub parallel and proximal to the other mineralised occurrences on site raising the confidence level that the resource inventory could be greatly increased as most occurrences are located within a 2km radius of each other and within 7 km of the Fofoca resource area.

Aurora is currently completing a revised budget to incorporate a drill program to test the depth and strike extensions of Toucano as a priority, along with a back up drill program to test the western extension of the Fofoca resource, and Colibri.

Several other locations have been identified from the satellite images as hosting possible economic mineralisation and Aurora will continue to evaluate these in conjunction with proposed drilling.

Remote sensing imagery is critical as an aid to exploration in the Tapajos due to the nature of the location as well as to the development of the project. By the application of various spectral analytical methods, Aurora has been able to locate numerous areas for follow up investigation. A digital elevation map obtained by SRTM radar mapping has been essential to regional appraisal of the Sao Domingo property. The illustration, as indicated below, shows how Aurora is utilising the satellite imagery for the Sao Domingo property area.

By viewing spectral wave band ratio's designed to indicate iron oxides and clay minerals, Aurora has been able to decipher areas of past artisanal activity which could lead to the discovery of further hard rock targets, as demonstrated by the discovery of Colibri and Toucano.

Aurora's common stock is also traded on the Stuttgart and the Berlin-Bremen Stock Exchanges in Germany under the symbols "(STUTTGART:A4G)(FRANKFURT:A4G)(XETRA:A4G)(BERLIN:A4G)."

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Lars Pearl, CEO and Director

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