APR 20, 2015 07:03 AM PDT

Welcome Back Baby, It's Been So Long Since We've Seen You!

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.
The first ever photo of  a mother and baby red colobus monkey in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.

But, in a statement released late last week, the Wildlife Conservation Society says two primatologists working in the forests of the Republic of Congo were successful in a quest begun in February to confirm reports that Bouvier's is still out there. They returned with a first-ever snapshot of a mother and infant.

According to LiveScience, "Our photos are the world's first and confirm that the species is not extinct," Lieven Devreese, one of the field researchers, was quoted in the WCS statement as saying. "There are several species of red colobus monkey. Until now, scientists only knew of the Bouvier's red species from a few museum specimens collected more than 100 years ago."

According to WCS: "The small primate lives in groups in swampy forests along the Congo River, in the Republic of the Congo. Hunting and logging decimated its population, leading some scientists to suggest the monkey was extinct."

The society notes that in recent surveys (in 2007 and 2014), audio recordings thought to be Bouvier's red colobus were made in Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, "but they were very rarely encountered and no photograph had been taken.

"The new sighting and photograph confirm the presence of this threatened primate in Northern Congo. However, red colobus monkeys ... typically do not flee from humans but look down at them from the trees, an unfortunate behavioral characteristic that has led to them becoming very rare wherever hunters are active," the statement says.

As NPR reported in 2012, another monkey, new to science but known as the lesula to locals, was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(Source: NPR)
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUL 11, 2018
Plants & Animals
JUL 11, 2018
This Bull Changed the Dairy Industry Forever, But...
In 1962, a bull named ‘Chief’ revolutionized the dairy industry forever. The bull produced far more dairy than average, and industry leaders wa...
JUL 16, 2018
Earth & The Environment
JUL 16, 2018
Do you know what your sunscreen is doing to coral reefs?
Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed into law a ban on the sale, offer, or distribution of any sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate. That means t...
AUG 01, 2018
Videos
AUG 01, 2018
Goodbye to the Endangered Species Act?
The Endangered Species Act, which protects more than 2,000 plant, animal and insect species at risk of...
AUG 08, 2018
Plants & Animals
AUG 08, 2018
These Parasitizing Birds Match Their Egg Size to Their Host's
Researchers have long recognized the oriental cuckoo as a brood parasite, meaning that it lays its eggs in other birds’ nests so that the host can ra...
AUG 29, 2018
Plants & Animals
AUG 29, 2018
Current Animal Conservation Efforts Skip Over Key Habitats, Study Finds
When it comes to animal conservation, opinions vary from one person to the next concerning how to go about it. But a new study published this week in the j...
SEP 05, 2018
Plants & Animals
SEP 05, 2018
Bigger Birds Dominate Food Sources, Study Finds
Setting out bird feeders stocked with fresh seeds is a common practice among bird lovers and nature appreciators. But would you actually be doing local bir...
Loading Comments...