“Extinct” Primate Photographed for First Time


“Extinct” Primate Photographed for First Time

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One of the first known pictures of a Horton Plains slender loris.

Long thought to be extinct, one of the world’s rarest primates has been caught on camera for the first time, scientists announced Monday.

Discovered in 1937 but “missing” for 60 years, Sri Lanka’s Horton Plains slender loris was presumed to have died out. In 2002 a fleeting nighttime sighting of something looking like the elusive tree-dweller, however, gave conservationists hope.

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Lonely Lorises

About 8 inches (20 centimeters) long and weighing just 11 ounces (310 grams), the slow-moving loris has been doomed as forests have been felled for firewood and to make way for tea plantations and other farms, Turner said.

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