Dracula Monkey Rediscovered
January 24, 2012 by staff
While some speculated the langur to be potentially extinct, the species remains in grave danger.
The elusive Miller’s grizzled langur popped up unexpectedly in the protected Wehea Forest in east Kalimantan, Borneo. Photo Credit: Eric Fell
Discovery, Content provided by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
An elusive monkey feared extinct has shown up in the remote forests of Borneo, posing for the first good pictures of the animal ever taken.
The mug shots reveal a furry Count Dracula of sorts, with the monkey’s black head, face tipped with white whiskers and a pointy collar made of fluffy white fur.
The Miller’s grizzled langur, an extremely rare primate that has suffered from habitat loss over the last 30 years, popped up unexpectedly in the protected Wehea Forest in east Kalimantan, Borneo.
“We knew we had found this primate that some people had speculated was potentially extinct,” said study researcher Stephanie Spehar, a primatologist at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. “It was really exciting.”
But the animal is still in grave danger, Spehar told LiveScience, and no one knows how many of these langurs are left. The researchers observed only two small groups of them.
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