Researchers Locate Critically Endangered Monkey that was Feared Extinct

posted: 04/17/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Bouvier’s red colobus monkey
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This is the only photograph ever taken of the Bouvier’s red colobus monkey.
Lieven Devreese

Bouvier's red colobus monkey, a rare primate that hasn't been documented in over 50 years, has been photographed for the first time, assuaging fears that the monkey had gone extinct.

Researchers Lieven Devreese and Gael Elie Gnondo Gobolo encountered the monkey in the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, a wildlife conservation area in the Republic of Congo. Locals familiar with the monkey's behavior helped the researchers locate the elusive primate in a swamp forest.

"Confirmation that Bouvier's red colobus still thrives in the this area reminds us that there remain substantially intact wild places on Earth, and should re-energize all of us to save them before it is too late," said James Deutsch of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which provided logistical support for the mission

Almost nothing is known about the Bouvier's red colobus, first identified in 1887; the very few museum specimens of the monkey are all over a century old. In recent years, the monkey has been a popular target of the bushmeat trade.

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