It was long thought that the Bouviers red fringe was extinct; now the Dutchman Jaap van der Waal van der Waal van der Waal van de Wijde de Wereld Wildlife Fund in the Congo has made unique images of the monkey species. The images are proof that the Bouviers red fringe is flourishing again in the Central African country.
Here you can see the animal:
In 2015, a Belgian biologist took a picture of the monkey, on which Van der Wale, who works as coordinator of nature conservation projects for the WWF, decided to look for the animal.
The search in the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park in Congo was quite difficult, says the Dutchman now to DeccEit. “It was three days of travel to get there, in the middle of the jungle. Really in the middle of nowhere. When I went there, I had malaria, so I was very sick.”
Sound of the Crown Eagle
After that, the expedition had to go into the forest. Rangers had already been sent into the forest in advance to find the monkeys. They pointed out a certain area where the search could begin. “After two days we hadnt seen anything, but on the third day I had him on film.”
To lure the monkeys, the sound of the crown eagle was imitated. “Thats a big bird of prey hunting monkeys. The monkeys respond to that sound with an alarm call,” explains Van der Wond. “Thats a very specific sound that makes you know where he is, and then its important to go there.”
end, Van der Wale mocked a group of five monkeys with a baby, of which he eventually captured one of them. “He acted as a kind of backguard for the group, he looked at us and kept an eye on the place.”
According to Van der Wap, the monkey is special because it only occurs in that one natural park in the Congo. “Thats unique, a monkey that only exists in one place.”
The researcher would like to do further research on the monkey species. “We dont really know anything about it yet. We dont know what he eats, how he behaves. We want to investigate that to find out what his vulnerabilities are so that we can better protect him.”
To do so, Van der Wap wants to hang cameras and microphones in the habitat of the Bouviers red fringe monkey. “That way, you can do a lot of research without those monkeys knowing youre there.”
The World Wildlife Fund protects the animal together with the local government. According to Van der Wap, the monkey is not in much danger of being punched for the meat. “The fur seems to stink and therefore the meat would not be tasty either.”