26 Jan '12, 11pm

Rare brown spider monkeys discovered in Colombia:

Rare brown spider monkeys discovered in Colombia:

Brown spider monkey; Photo Credit: Nestor Roncancio/WCS Conservationists have discovered a colony of rare brown spider monkeys in Colombia. The brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus ) is among the world's 25 most endangered primate species. The population discovered in the Selva de Florencia National Park by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) researchers and Colombia's National Parks Unit are made up of two different sub-species. A. hybridus hybridus lives on one side of Magdalena River in the protected park in central Colombia and A. h. brunneus on the other. Each subspecies is threatened with extinction, but A. h. brunneus is in more danger because until now none of its colonies lived in national parks. Dr. Julie Kunen, WCS Director of Latin America and Caribbean programmes, says, "This exciting discovery of brown spider monkeys in Selva de Florencia National Park emphas...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/rare-brown-spider-...

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