1 Tahrcountry Musings: First ever photo of Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First ever photo of Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

                                           Photo credit:  FFI/BANCA/PRCF

In 2010 scientists led by Swiss primatologist Thomas Geissman and Ngwe Lwin of the Myanmar Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association, working in Myanmar, heralded the discovery of a new species of primate, the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri). The monkey sneezes when it rains. The descriptions of the monkey come from a carcass killed by a local hunter. The team encountered seven live specimens, including an infant, but they could not be photographed

Now scientists have succeeded in taking a camera trap photo of this elusive species. Photographer Jeremy Holden led the team that succeeded in talking the photo. Conservationists are delighted with this first ever record of the animal in its natural habitat

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