Extinct Monkey Found in Borneo (Video)

This gorgeous monkey thought to be extinct was rediscovered in Borneo. Known as the Miller’s grizzled langur, its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. Scientists put cameras around originally hoping to capture a variety of wildlife in the area, when the footage was checked; they saw monkeys that they had never before seen.
There was no actual photos of this monkey in existence, except for some drawings from a museum, so it did take awhile before they worked out what type of monkey it was. With the cameras that the Scientists used, the monkeys have appeared in almost 4.000 photos captured over a 2 month period.

National Geographic has some fantastic photos of the monkeys.
There is also a very good article about the monkeys in Science Daily.

What I also find astonishing is that back in July 2011 I did a post on another animal that was found in Borneo and thought to be extinct:
Rainbow Toad Rediscovered:-Borneo

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49 Responses to Extinct Monkey Found in Borneo (Video)

  1. How cool is that! And the young student who discovered this thought-to-be-extinct money is from UW-Oshkosh just across the border in Wisconsin πŸ™‚

  2. El Guapo says:

    That’s wonderful! I hope these manage to stay safe – I’m sure a whole lot of hunters are offering to shoot them for an awful lot of money…

  3. Their tails look so different from other monkeys I’ve seen; they widen out and scoop at the end.
    How interesting. Let’s hope that Borneo doesn’t become a tourist attraction now.


    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Ronnie,
      Spot on, they are very different looking than what we assume a standard monkey has concerning the tail. Yes it could be a problem for Borneo, or I should say for the animals there, 2 very rare animals discovered in under a year, it makes you wonder what else is there that we may be missing.

  4. Do you think that some will be captured to be bred in captivity? I’m torn between wanting to leave them in peace and wanting their survival to be assured. Someone’s bound to kidnap a few “for their own good”. Hopefully to release their children back into the wild and not just to adorn zoos.

  5. malc50 says:

    Thanks for this informative post, Mags. Cheers.

  6. Anyluckypeny says:

    It’s always nice to hear about new animal species being discovered! Thanks for sharing! I learned something new today πŸ™‚

  7. lolabees says:

    So very cool! Makes you wonder what else is out there in the ever-expansive world in which we live…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi lolabees,
      I’m sure there will be other different species found, animals have been changing over millions of years, you would think that the evolution of some animals is still happening.

  8. elcampeador says:

    Wonderful discovery and Stephanie is lovely..

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Good stuff. I’m always amazed at news of the siting of an organism thought to be extinct. Well done Mags!

  10. Rebekah says:

    What a wonderful thing to happen!!! This makes me happy … that it’s not the other way around, as usual…

  11. Cafe23 says:

    Aww, so cute. Always exciting to hear about a new type of animal being found when you’re always hearing about another type becoming extinct. Are there any other monkeys that look similar to this one? It looks very unique, don’t think I’ve seen another monkey that looks like it!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Cafe23,
      From what I have read, these monkeys are unique, in the sense they have different markings, also there is a big difference in the tail. That is why originally the scientists were unsure what sort of monkey it was. It really is a wonderful find.

  12. souldipper says:

    This is the kind of news I love to hear! Thanks, Mags.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi souldipper,
      Isn’t just great, can you imagine how these scientists felt when they finally worked out what sort of monkey they were seeing, I would of loved to have been at their camp that night. πŸ™‚

  13. This is awesome! I always like to see some good news!

  14. Arindam says:

    Hi Mags,
    You always bring something for all of us; which we never came across before. As always great job with this post. πŸ™‚

  15. Windsmoke. says:

    Mother nature can certainly surprise you when you least expect it. I’ve added your blog to my Google Reading List so i can now visit you more often :-).

  16. Barb says:

    I hate these cameras because I’ve only seen them used by hunters who attach them to trees to determine the best time to sit and snipe animals on their daily rounds (which I consider pretty lazy sportsmanship). But this is amazing. This falls under the “Using powers for good, not evil clause. Thanks for the wonder.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barb,
      Yes I have seen documentary’s on people that use cameras for hunting, really makes my blood boil. I agree it is good to see the scientists using the cameras for this type of work.

  17. jmgoyder says:

    This is fascinating!

  18. travelrat says:

    I’m in two minds about this. Normally, extinction of a species is part of Nature’s process … but when that extinction, ot threatened extinction is due to Man’s action, or just plain ignorance, then something should and must be done about it.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Yes I understand what you mean. It seems they thought this monkey was extinct because of all the logging, and loss of habitat, both these issues were because of humans, so it really is great that they have found that these monkeys have outsmarted everyone and moved to a totally different area. They are still studying them so nothing else has been said about the monkeys at all.

  19. E.C. says:

    Awesome! πŸ™‚

  20. Fergiemoto says:

    Pretty cool, and interesting clip!

  21. munchow says:

    This is fantastic news. Hopefully the population is strong enough to keep this specie alive. Borneo is an amazing place, but unfortunately under constant threat by economic interests. I visited it back in ’84 and thought it was an almost surreal place. Thanks for sharing the info.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi munchow,
      Yes it is a bit of a worry over there especially with all the logging going on, we can only keep our fingers crossed that these habitat’s don’t disappear altogether.

      I would love to see Borneo, I have only read about the country and seen some pictures, but I must say I think it would be a fascinating place to see, you are so lucky to have seen it.

  22. Selma says:

    How wonderful. What a gorgeous little monkey. It has made my day to hear about him. Thanks, Mags.

  23. How exciting! The National Geographic photos are spectacular! I hope the researchers find a way to help them continue to live and thrive in peace.

  24. dearrosie says:

    How nice to read a good news story Mags. I also love the National Geographic photos.

    I love how you find so many interesting things like this to share with us.

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