“Extinct,” Pop-Eyed Primate Photographed for First Time

From National Geographic-Daily News

James Owen in London
for National Geographic News
Published July 19, 2010

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

Photograph courtesy ZSL

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

(Related: “‘Extinct’ Bird Seen, Eaten.”)

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. Read more

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