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New Population of Critically Endangered Monkey Discovered
Mongabay ^ | November 22, 2010 | Jeremy Hance

Posted on 11/26/2010 4:51:23 PM PST by nickcarraway

Classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, listed among the Top 25 Most Endangered primates in the world, and rated number 71 on the EDGE's list of world's most endangered and unique mammals, the yellow-tailed woolly monkey needed some good news—and this week it got it. The conservation organization, Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC), has announced the discovery of an unknown population of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda), buttressing hopes that the species will survive in the long-term.

Native to the cloud forests of north-eastern Peru, the yellow-tailed woolly monkey was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1974. The new population has been found in an area where the monkey has not been recorded for decades. The global population of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey has been estimated at less than 250 individuals.

"With such a small wild population, these new areas give new hope for the species' survival. There are already initiatives underway for the protection of the yellow-tailed woolly monkeys, which we hope will now include protection of these new populations," Sam Shanee, the co-founder of NPC, said in a press release. NPC is one of the only conservation organizations working with this gravely imperiled species.

The monkey's survival is threatened by deforestation, encroaching agriculture, and bushmeat hunting. The area is also known for cocaine smugglers and communist rebels, increasing the difficulty of research and conservation efforts.

Despite such difficulties, NPC works closely with local people to help save the species from extinction.

"Local communities are enthusiastic about cooperating and even initiating conservation work. They make us very optimistic for the future of this very special monkey," says Noga Shanee, another co-found of NPC. The organization has also established a reforestation project in the area.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: monkey

1 posted on 11/26/2010 4:51:28 PM PST by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 11/26/2010 4:55:23 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232; nickcarraway

Funny...I don’t recall him/her in my family tree...


3 posted on 11/26/2010 5:00:37 PM PST by Monkey Face (TSA: A government union for molesters.)
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To: nickcarraway
"Democrats".


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

4 posted on 11/26/2010 5:01:25 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: nickcarraway

I seem to remember a better picture posted around these parts.
5 posted on 11/26/2010 5:12:10 PM PST by infidel29 (Since 0bama is NOT a uniter, can we change the acronym to just plain P.O.S.?)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Semper Fi.

That pic reminds of someone in the WH. Who could it be?


6 posted on 11/26/2010 5:33:05 PM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: The Comedian

That is not my monkey.


7 posted on 11/26/2010 5:57:09 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hey — skinning a couple of those would make a great looking coat for Mrs. Lurkin!


8 posted on 11/26/2010 6:22:12 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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Methinks they’ve stumbled upon a Cabinet meeting!


9 posted on 11/26/2010 8:33:27 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: nickcarraway

“yellow-tailed woolly monkey” — pretty great name, too. :’)


10 posted on 12/12/2010 10:57:55 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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