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Extinct Grizzled Langur Rediscovered

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 20th, 2012

In this undated photo released by Ethical Expeditions, a Miller’s Grizzled Langur sits on a tree branch in Wehea forest in eastern Borneo, Indonesia. Scientists working in the dense jungles of Borneo have rediscovered the large, gray monkey so rare it was believed by many to be extinct. (AP Photo/Ethical Expeditions, Eric Fell)

Yet another formerly “extinct” primate has been found alive.  The Miller’s Grizzled Langur is the latest monkey to be rediscovered.

Scientists working in the dense jungles of Indonesia have “rediscovered” a large, gray monkey so rare it was believed by many to be extinct.
They were all the more baffled to find the Miller’s Grizzled Langur — its black face framed by a fluffy, Dracula-esque white collar — in an area well outside its previously recorded home range.
The team set up camera traps in the Wehea Forest on the eastern tip of Borneo island in June, hoping to captures images of clouded leopards, orangutans and other wildlife known to congregate at several mineral salt licks.
The pictures that came back caught them all by surprise: groups of monkeys none had ever seen.
With virtually no photographs of the grizzled langurs in existence, it at first was a challenge to confirm their suspicions, said Brent Loken, a Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and one of the lead researchers.

The only images out there were museum sketches.

“We were all pretty ecstatic, the fact that, wow, this monkey still lives, and also that it’s in Wehea,” said Loken.
The monkey, which has hooded eyes and a pinkish nose and lips, once roamed the northeastern part of Borneo, as well as the islands of Sumatra and Java and the Thai-Malay peninsula. But concerns were voiced several years ago that they may be extinct. See rest of details, here.

Eric Fell Photos.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


2 Responses to “Extinct Grizzled Langur Rediscovered”

  1. johnplatt responds:

    It’s a bit extreme saying that this species was believed extinct. It was last seen less than two years ago. It was never classified as extinct or possibly extinct. My article about the langur [was in the] Scientific American.

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    Well, John Platt has a point, sort of.

    Of course, we are reporting here what most of the media said, with a direct link to one treatment of the langur news. The story hit the wires that an “extinct” primate had been rediscovered. Don’t kill the messenger, unless you are a newt, humm?

    Hey, the Huffington Post used the phrase, “long thought extinct.” We didn’t go that far.

    But then it should be pointed out that just because a “sighting” was recorded a “couple years” ago, who is to say anyone “believed” the folks reporting the appearances? Some people refused to take those to heart, and they ended up in the dustbin with the recent sightings of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, until these new events.

    Nevertheless, appreciated is John Platt’s caution, but frankly, sometimes the media does get it wrong when they are trying to be melodramatic. By extension, we might have also, and for that, we apologize.



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