A New Species of Monkey in Africa
Photo by Hart JA, Detwiler KM, Gilbert CC/PA
This sort of discovery is extremely rare to happen nowadays. The case with Lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis) is the second during the last 28 years on the continent.
Lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis) is described by the researchers as shy and quiet, with a naked face and a mane of long blond hairs. Its diet is mostly fruits and vegetables. It lives in small groups of one to five animals both on the ground and in trees.
The scientists John and Terese Hart of Yale University first saw the species in 2007 at the home of a primary school director, who kept a young female as the hunters killed its mother. The researchers have categorised it as already vulnerable under the authoritative IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list of threatened species.
John Hart said: “The challenge now is to make the Lesula an iconic species that carries the message for conservation for all of Congo’s endangered fauna”.