Thursday, April 01, 2010

Mysterious Bale Monkey Survives Mostly On Bamboo

bale monkeyEthiopia's mysterious Bale monkey eats almost nothing but bamboo, according to the first study of the primate.

Discovered in 1902, little is known about the monkey, named after the region in Africa in which it lives.

But scientists have now discovered it spends most of its life in the trees of a bamboo forest, eating young leaves to avoid getting poisoned.

Very few primates depend on bamboo, and the Bale monkey's reliance on it makes the primate vulnerable to extinction.

Researchers from Ethiopia, US and Norway describe the behaviour of the Bale monkey for the first time in the International Journal of Primatology.

Full story here.

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