Monkey long believed extinct is found

There’s a Myrtle Beach attraction where you can see wild animals at a fifty acre preserve.  It’s called T.I.G.E.R.S. Preserve and there you’ll  meet tigers, wolves, leopards, chimpanzees, orangutans, and other endangered species, many of them up-close and un-caged!  Have you ever seen a Liger?

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T.I.G.E.R.S. is the home of several different types of primates. Housed here is a troop of macaques made up of two Snow macaques, a Bonnet macaque, and a Rhesus macaque. This troop has starred in movies like Jungle Book, Ace Ventura Pet Detective II "When Nature Calls" and in NBC’s "Carriers".

I would like to share this intriguing story, I’ll get back to T.I.G.E.R.S. shortly…………..

Scientists in jungles of Indonesia have accidentally rediscovered a large, gray monkey so uncommon it was believed by some to be totally extinct.

Cameras were set up in the Wehea Forest on the eastern tip of Borneo island during June, to capture images of leopards, orangutans and other wildlife known to gather at the mineral salt licks.

The images that were returned caught everyone by surprise.  There were groups of monkeys none of the researchers had ever seen.

By this time, the only images of these monkeys called "grizzled langurs" that existed were museum sketches.

They were all pretty excited to say the least that this monkey still lives, and also that it’s in Wehea Forest.

The monkey has hooded eyes with pinkish colored nose and lips.  It once roamed the northeastern part of Borneo, the islands of Sumatra and Java, as well as the Thai-Malay peninsula. Experts were worried several years ago that they may be extinct since the forests had been destroyed by fires, human encroachment, agriculture and mining and an a field survey in 2005 that turned up empty.

The next step will be returning to the 90,000 acre-forest to try to find out how many grizzly langurs there are.  There are over 4,000 images captured over a two-month period, reports say. 

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Recently, T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) has been lucky enough to have some baby Yellow baboons join the family. The four of them have a great time tearing around the front yard and jumping from the trees. They also like to go for a dip in the pool although they are not good swimmers.

The staff at this Carolina Safari hopes that by creating this tour, the public will gain a new understanding and awareness of these and other endangered species. And hopefully help save them and the wild places that they live before they are lost to this world forever.  All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund and The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.

For more information on the tour in Myrtle Beach, please visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.


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