• Scientists discovered a new species of monkey called the Lesula in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
• The Lesula is a medium-sized monkey with light grey fur and a white beard.
• It is found in an area between two rivers, the Lomami and the Tshuapa.
New Species of Monkey Discovered
Scientists have identified a new species of monkey living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is known as the Lesula.
Description Of The Lesula
The Lesula is a medium-sized primate that has light grey fur and a distinctive white beard. Its face also features patches of blue skin surrounded by cream coloured fur on both sides.
Habitat Of The Lesula
This species lives mainly in an area between two rivers, namely, the Lomami and the Tshuapa. It prefers living close to water sources such as lakes or streams and avoids open forested areas.
Behaviour Of The Lesula
The new species has been observed eating fruit, leaves, seeds, insects, lizards and other small animals. They also display social behaviour such as grooming one another and playing together as well as defending their territory from other primates.
Implications For Conservation
The discovery of this new species highlights how little we know about primates living in Central African forests and it has important implications for conservation efforts in this region. Understanding more about these animals will help us protect them from threats such as habitat loss or hunting which could lead to their extinction if unchecked.