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Ghana | Critically endangered monkey found in forest slated for mining; conservationists call for NP

While surveying the rainforests of eastern Ghana’s Atewa mountain range, scientists stumbled upon a surprise as they were checking footage from their camera traps: monkeys with long tails and distinctive, dark, sideburn-like markings on their faces.

The monkeys, to the scientists’ amazement, were white-naped mangabeys (Cercocebus lunulatus), a species of ground-dwelling primate listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. White-naped mangabeys are known to exist in a handful of forests in the western part of the country, as well as eastern Code d’Ivoire and southern Burkina Faso. But never before had scientists recorded them in eastern Ghana.


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