New species of monkey discovered in the Congo

Image Credit: JA Hart, Gilbert Detwiler/Reuters
Image Credit: JA Hart, Gilbert Detwiler/Reuters

A new monkey has been discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  This is the second new monkey species discovered in the past 28 years.  Let’s be clear on the term “discovery”.  As with many of these discoveries, the locals have always known about the species.  This is the first time that it has been discovered and classified by outside scientists.

The scientists are calling it “Cercopithecus Lomamiensis”, but the local name, “Lesula”, is much easier to pronounce and remember :).  John Hart, one of the leading scientists said, “We never expected to find a new species there, but the Lomami basin is a very large block that has had very little exploration by biologists.”

How was it discovered by the scientists?  They were made a routine stop in a village in Opala and saw the monkey on a leash.  It was the local school director’s pet.  “Right away I saw that this was something different. It looked a bit like a monkey from much further east, but the coloring was so different and the range was so different,” said John Hart.

The scientists hope the discovery will help spark interest in protecting the forests and lands in the area.



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