Another New Cryptid Primate in Northern Myanmar?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 12th, 2012

Lee Speigel has posted his well-researched article on Huffington Post about the new photographs of the new primate, the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri). I discussed the breaking news of those images here previously.

Spiegel quotes me extensively, as I was being interviewed at the International Cryptozoology Museum, about how this discovery is definitely cryptozoological. You can read those here.

However, most of all, I want to draw your attention to another quotation noted in this Huffington Post article. Speigel interviewed Frank Momberg, Myanmar program coordinator for Fauna & Flora International, who led the snub-nosed monkey expeditions.

Momberg, surprisingly, mentions another cryptid waiting to be found: “I believe there is another primate species out there, to be discovered in Myanmar’s far north.”

What else is out there?

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to “Another New Cryptid Primate in Northern Myanmar?”

  1. Steve Schaper via Facebook responds:


  2. Autumnforest responds:

    I am really not surprised by this. I think Indonesia has much to reveal too. In fact, I’d take a wild guess that Orang Pendek might be found before we can get out hands on a Bigfoot.

  3. flame821 responds:

    I wish he would have gone into a little more detail regarding the northern primate. And after reading some of the comments on that aol news site I am reminded, yet again, how much I appreciate THIS site.

    I hope if there is another primate they do find it soon. At the current rate of deforestation those snub-nose monkeys could literally be extinct within a decade. Imagine the timing, if he wasn’t able to get there now, get these pictures at just the right moment these animals may well have come and gone without zoology ever even knowing they existed. Literally out with a whimper. Someone else could have gone there a few years in the future, seen the same bone and fur fragments, heard the same reports from the villagers and searched in vain. To me that is both sad and frightening.

  4. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    Or they could have seen the bone and hair fragments and assumed a yeti had been there recently.

  5. Loren Coleman responds:

    Myanmar is considered to be the literary form of the name of the ethnic group, while Burma is derived from Bamar, the colloquial form of the name of the group. Depending on the register used the pronunciation would be “Bama” (pronounced [bəmà]), or “Myamah” (pronounced [mjəmà]). The name “Burma” has been in use in English since the time of British colonial rule.

    In 1989, the military government officially changed the English translations of many colonial-era names; among these changes was the alteration of the name of the country to “Myanmar”. The renaming remains a contested issue. Many opposition groups and countries continue to use Burma because they do not recognize the legitimacy of the ruling military government or its authority to rename the country. Various non-Burman ethnic groups choose not to recognise the name because of the association of the term Myanmar with the majority ethnic group, the Bamar, rather than for the country.

    Burma continues to be recognized as the official name of the country by several nations, including Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. The United Nations uses Myanmar as do the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the governments of Germany, India, Japan, and Russia. ~ from Wikipedia.

  6. airgunner responds:

    Perhaps the unknown primate will turn out to be the elusive “Rock Ape”.

  7. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    “Many opposition groups and countries continue to use Burma because they do not recognize the legitimacy of the ruling military government or its authority to rename the country.”

    Hence, my earlier comment on distrusting the current government of that country. Anything with ties to the current regime must be taken with a grain of salt. Which, by the way, is true with cryptozoology, don’t you think?

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