A rare African monkey which was long thought to have gone extinct was photographed by researchers in the Republic of Congo. The belief of the monkey to have gone extinct was broken by this photograph.
Bouvier’s red colobus monkey was last seen in 1970s, after that they were never seen out in the wild. The researchers caught a glimpse of the monkey in the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park.
They found red primates were living among others in the forest that is located along the bank of the Congo River.
In February, the researchers Lieven Devreese from Belgium and Gael Elie Gnondo GObolo from the Republic of Congo started to search for the red primate.
Fiona Maisels, of the Wildlife Conservatory Society (WCS) said, “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, thankfully, many of these colobus monkeys live in the recently gazetted national park and are protected from threats such as logging, agriculture, and roads, all of which can lead to increased hunting.”
The population of the monkey significantly dropped because of hunting and logging decades ago. There were never seen in the wild putting the experts in doubt about their existence and making them believe that the monkeys have gone extinct.
Devreese said that their photo is the world’s first photo of the species and confirm that the species have not gone extinct.
James Deutsch, vice president for conservation strategy at WCS said, confirmation of the existence of the monkeys in the area reminds that there remain substantially intact wild places on Earth.
The reason behind the declination in the population of the monkey is because these monkeys have less fear for humans, so when a hunter approaches them instead of running away and hiding, they stay on the tree and gaze at them as these animals are very curious and hence hunted down.