Borneo, Jan 21 (): An elusive monkey feared extinct has shown up in the remote forests of Borneo. A team of scientists found the monkey in Wehea Forest in East Kalimantan, Borneo. The finding was published Friday in the American Journal of Primatology.
The scientists have discovered the Grizzled Langur(Presbytis hosei canicrus), thought to be extinct, living in Borneo. Miller’s Grizzled Langur was listed as one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world.
Scientists from Indonesia, the Czech Republic, US and Canada worked together to set up hidden cameras so they could learn more about the animals living in the rainforest. Using time-lapse recordings to investigate the diversity of the remote Wehea forest, the team were surprised to see an unusual sub-species. Close analysis confirmed that they had photographed a group of Miller’s grizzled langurs.
“Discovery of P.h. canicrus was a surprise since Wehea Forest lies outside of this monkey’s known range”, said PhD student Brent Loken from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
“Our findings confirm that indeed this monkey still lives in the forests of Borneo and we found that its range extends farther inland than scientists had previously thought,” said Loken. “This gives us hope that we may still be able to find large enough populations of this monkey to ensure its survival,” Loken added.
The langur has a dark face, light front, grey back, and long tail. “The only descriptions came from museum specimens from the 1940s and ’50s,” he said. “Our pictures are some of the only ones we have.”
“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.”
“I knew this was something special,” Spehar said. “I knew that it was something that was unexpected and we hadn’t seen before.”
But the animal is still in grave danger, Spehar told, and no one knows how many of these Langurs are left. The researchers observed only two small groups of them.