Researchers from the Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada have discovered a primate previously believed to have been extinct. The animal was found on the island of Borneo, in Indonesia. The team's wonderful discovery was, however, purely accidental.
The Miller's Grizzled Langur, one of the rarest and least-known primates of the ecosystem there, was believed to have gone extinct a long time ago. However, cameras installed in the Wehea forest (to capture images of the equally elusive Bornean Clouded Leopard), returned images of the primate instead.
"Finding a Miller's grizzled langur in a forest outside of its known geographic range highlights how much we don't know about even the basic ecology of this monkey," says Brent Loken, a Ph.D student at SFU.
"We need more scientists doing research in Borneo to help us learn about understudied species such as Miller's grizzled langur and clouded leopards. The rapid degradation of Borneo's forests makes it difficult to learn about and adopt conservation strategies in time to protect species," he added.
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