Lophocebus ugandae

Lophocebus ugandae is a new species of monkey endemic to Uganda. According to Science Daily they were just discovered recently. Unfortunately, they may not be around long:

But Professor Groves said that the new species faces a serious threat if a plan to clear its major habitat area goes ahead. He said the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni had given permission for 7,000 hectares of the Mabira Forest to be cleared for sugar and palm oil production. This decision was attacked by many Ugandans, who saw it as a threat to tourism and water resources.
Professor Groves said the forest clearing would also be a catastrophic blow for the local mangabeys.

2 Responses

  1. Is this the friday primate?

  2. No, I haven’t decided on one yet.

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