Monday, July 19, 2010

Rediscovery of a shy primate

The Horton Plains slender loris, a 20-cm primate with huge eyes, was thought to have vanished from its habitat in the trees of Sri Lanka some time during WWII. A claimed sighting in 2002 sparked a serious effort to find it again, and the animal's first-ever photograph has just been released. The rediscovery was a joint effort by scientists from the Zoological Society of London, the University of Colombo and the Open University of Sri Lanka.

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