Photograph of Rare African Monkey Proves It’s Not Extinct

April 18, 2015 12:10 PM

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An African monkey which was thought to be extinct has been photographed for the first time by two researchers while working in a humid forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bouvier’s red colobus monkeys were last spotted in the 1970’s. Their population dwindled owing to hunting and logging and it was believed that they have gone extinct. Lieven Devreese, an independent field researcher, along with partner Gael Elie Gnondo Gobolo was searching for the rare creature in Congo’s newly-created Ntokou-Pikounda National Park when they found the species. The park was established in the year 2012 and it is the home to thousands of chimpanzees, elephants, gorillas and other species.

Devreese and Gobolo undertook a journey to photograph the Bouvier’s red colobus and collect information about the distribution of the species. They gathered information about the sounds and behavior of red colobus from local people. Ultimately, the species was spotted in the marsh forest along the B...

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