Thursday, October 27, 2011

Endangered Monkey Pushed To Be 2016 Olympic Mascot

monkey mascot 2016 olympics
Rio de Janeiro environmental officials are hoping to make an endangered monkey species the face of the 2016 Olympics.

According to the state's environmental ministry, the muriqui or woolly spider monkey is one of several animals native to the state that is at risk of extinction.

The monkey is native to the Atlantic rainforest, which covers several Brazilian states, as well as Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.

Centuries of deforestation and development have seen the rainforest shrink from 1.2 million square kilometres to under 100 thousand square kilometres today.

At the launch of their "Muriqui Rio 2016" campaign, environmentalists displayed merchandise bearing the proposed mascot.

Full story here.

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