The scientists were doing research in the forests of Congo when they captured the monkeys up in a tree.
This extremely rare species of monkey is called Bouvier’s red colobus and according to the experts at the Wildlife Conservation Society, last time it was spotted was almost 50 years ago.
The photo of the monkeys, a mother with her baby, was taken by Lieven Devreese, an independent field researcher, in March.
Devreeese and his colleague Gaël Elie Gnondo Gobolo, were looking for the rare monkey in the newly created national park of Congo, called Ntokou-Pikounda.
The park was established in 2013 and it shelters many species like chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants and others.
Gobolo and Devreese started their research in February with the intention of finding evidence that the Bouvier’s red colobus monkey truly exists.
According to a press release by Wildlife Conservation Society, the two researchers were told by local people that they have heard and saw the rare monkey. Short time after, the researchers managed to photograph the animals.
The rare monkeys were well hidden in the swamp forests along the river Bokiba.
Devreese said in an official statement that their photos are the first in the world and they confirm Bouvier’s red colobus monkey is not extinct.
Bouvier’s red colobus monkey population has decreased considerably due to poaching for bushmeat.
Because they are friendly with humans, it makes them an easy target for hunters.
According to a report by WCS, this species red colobus monkey is native to the Republic of Congo.
Very little is known about these monkeys and last time they were seen was in the 1970s. However, researchers managed to record sounds made by the monkeys in 2007 and 2014, in what is now known as the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park.
The recent photographs suggest that there may be other rare nocturnal species of monkeys living in the swamp forests of the National Park and researchers are hoping to capture them on camera soon.
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