After years of searching for a rare African primate, anthropologist Scott McGraw and his colleagues believed that the Miss Waldrons red colobus monkey, Procolobus badius waldroni, was probably extinct. They had written a paper in 2000 saying so.
Although there are no known photographs of the now extinct Miss Waldrons red colobus monkey (Procolobus badius waldroni), this illustration provides a good idea of what it looked like.
But recent hard evidence of the Miss Waldrons red colobus existence has rekindled McGraws hopes of finding the primate, reportedly last seen in 1978. McGraw, an associate professor of anthropology at Ohio State University, details the evidence and his continuing search for the elusive monkey in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Primatology.
Miss Waldrons red colobus is a small, black monkey with reddish fur on its forehead and thighs. Researchers think that these primates once lived in large, noisy packs in the canopy rainforests of eastern Ivory Coast and western Ghana. Current evidence suggests that, if the monkey is still alive, its range may be limited to the remote southeastern corner of Ivory Coast.
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