Thought extinct for decades, a rare monkey is captured on film for the first time by Researchers

April 19, 2015 7:51 PM

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Researchers photographed a rare African monkey while it was in the Republic of the Congo. It was long thought that the animal had gone extict but the picture broke that long-held belief. Bouvier’s red colobus monkey was never seen out in the wild since 1970s. And it was a delight for Congolese researchers who saw it in the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park. They found the tiny red primate who was living among others in the forests that is located along the bank of the Congo River.

“We’re very pleased indeed that Lieven and Gaël were able to achieve their objective of not only confirming that Bouvier’s red colobus still exists, but also managing to get a very clear close-up picture of a mother and infant,” said WCS’s Dr. Fiona Maisels. “Thankfully, many of these colobus monkey...

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