Lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis) is the world’s newest species of monkey. This monkey was recently discovered living in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Scientists say it is only the second discovery of a monkey species in 28 years. Like a lot of new species that has been recently discovered, this animal is well-known to local hunters but previously unknown to the outside world.
The Guardian reports that Lesula has a “shy and quiet” disposition, with “a naked face and a mane of long blond hair”. It spends its days munching on fruits and veggies and makes its home in a 6,500 square mile habitat on the ground and in the trees of the central DRC’s lowland rain forests.
According to Smithsonian.com, "researchers from Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History first came across the species in 2007. A primary school teacher in the DRC was keeping a female Lesula as a pet. The researchers thought the animal resembled the owl-faced monkey, but with different coloring. Puzzled, they took a few samples from the teacher’s pet. Later, genetic testing confirmed their hunch: it was a new species. They published their findings in the journal PLos One."
[via MailOnline via Smithsonian]