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(Wildlife Conservation Society)
Monday, August 4, 2008

NEWLY DISCOVERED AND ALREADY ENDANGERED

A new species of African monkey, discovered just three years ago in Tanzania, is facing extinction, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society, which conducted the first census of the kipunji. The survey, published in the July issue of the journal Oryx, counted 1,117 of the large forest dwellers, which live in a range totaling less than seven square miles. The monkeys' habitat is suffering from illegal logging and land conversion, and the animals are being killed by poachers. DNA testing has shown that the kipunji is an entirely new genus of primate, the first discovered since 1923.

Washington Post staff writer Rob Stein and UCLA researcher Mary-Frances O'Connor will answer questions about complicated grief today at 11 a.m. Go to www.washingtonpost.com/science.


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