Monkey some thought extinct found in Borneo forest
The Miller's grizzled langur as photographed by Simon Frasier University researchers.
January 20th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

Monkey some thought extinct found in Borneo forest

A primate thought to be extinct or near-extinction has been spotted in the rainforest on the Indonesian island of Borneo, researchers report.

Images of Miller's grizzled langur, a subspecies of Asian monkey, were captured on a time-lapse camera last summer and confirmed by researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

"When we found those first images, we were all pretty ecstatic," because many scientists had thought the creature was extinct, said Brent Loken, a doctoral student at Simon Fraser.

The Miller's grizzled langur is so rare that the researchers had trouble finding something to compare to their new pictures.

"There were no photographs that anybody else had taken of this monkey," Loken said.

The researchers had to use museum descriptions of the monkey to verify their find, Loken said.

UW-Oshkosh researcher Eric Fell said he got to see the creatures up close.

“I was sitting in a blind, so they couldn’t see me, but this one was 15 to 20 feet from where I was standing,” Fell said in a press release.

The Simon Fraser and UW-Oshkosh researchers found the langurs in locations 13 kilometers (8 miles) apart, a good sign for the species, according to UW-Oshkosh assistant professor Stephanie Spehar.

“The two places where Eric sited them and this other team that sited them are separated enough that these are two separate populations, which is significant because it indicates that it’s not just one isolated group,” Spehar said in a press release. “Because we found these two groups at the same time, that’s an indication that there may be a substantial population of these animals living there.”

Both groups of researchers found the Miller's grizzled langurs by accident.

Loken said he went to Bornea looking for the Bornean clouded leopard. He set up a time-lapse camera to hopefully capture images of leopard specimens, but it was the Miller's grizzled langur that got the camera time.

"When we first saw the monkey we were shocked because we weren't quite sure what it was," Loken said.

Fell was studying mineral licks, or ponds with natural mineral deposits where animals can get nutrients they require.

“Nobody would have been there to see these monkeys if Eric had not done this project and if he was not there observing the mineral licks. Without him doing this work, this discovery wouldn’t have happened,” Spehar said.

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  1. Huh

    Wow, I usually hate grammar and spelling Nazis, but "sited" (not sight/sighted, no sirree) and "Bornea"?? (this one's even spelled correctly in the beginning of the SAME article)

    February 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  2. Johnny Five

    Obama went on vacation AGAIN?

    January 21, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • Jesus

      this is my last rebuttal to the five year old "wisdom4u2" get a life

      January 21, 2012 at 2:56 am |
    • wisdom4u2

      LOL!! I have one, jesus; Obviously you don't! Move along now...troll!

      January 21, 2012 at 3:01 am |
    • marie

      With the nature of the responses to this article no wonder some humans let other species go extinct. What a waste of energy and I was going to say "thought process" but that would require.....never mind.

      January 21, 2012 at 3:13 am |
  3. wisdom4u2

    Those kind of Monkeys are not extinct, heck, I see them all over my neighborhood!!
    They be partying like it’s 1999.…on their front porches…barbequing!!

    January 21, 2012 at 2:21 am |
    • Jesus

      do any on you respect anything of just what come out of you mouth

      January 21, 2012 at 2:25 am |
      • wisdom4u2

        W T F are you babbling about?? Ummm....never mind….don‘t even try to answer that, Doofus!!!

        January 21, 2012 at 2:46 am |
      • Jesus

        Ok if you going to swear just say it and don't be a child i am talking about the fact that maybe five of the hundreds of comments on this article are about the actually article. The rest are the babbling idiots. so think about that before you go the attack next time, and my talking about respect and how barely anyone comment on this has none. the fact that people keep making comments comparing the monkey to our President. An that class would be called a lack of respect.

        January 21, 2012 at 2:54 am |
      • wisdom4u2

        Jesus ~~~ Okay, so I can see that I'm dealing with a person who has had a complete lobotomy....sorry, my bad!! You poor dummy!

        January 21, 2012 at 3:05 am |
  4. Beefburger

    I'll trade you pictures of an Indonesian monkey for pictures of my ex-wife's fat beaver.

    January 21, 2012 at 2:20 am |
  5. Sidewinder

    Do these critters poop out the husked coffee beans for that really expensive coffee from Indonesia? I hear it tastes like cr_p

    January 21, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  6. John Tighe

    Sadly, the monkey has probably wound up on some local menu.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Rhea

      The native Bornean, Dayak people, don't eat monkey for sure.

      January 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  7. adam

    Maybe they should quit announcing the discovery of each species of animal they find out to not really be extinct... This is will just make it easier for poachers to find the animal and either capture it or put it back on the extinction list....

    January 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  8. mofo

    Mmmm....I can't wait to eat that monkey!

    January 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Point

    Liberals can be found everywhere, even in the jungles of Borneo, though finding one this furry is quite rare.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Kam

      If you think that is a liberal you need to get your eyes checked or your head examined. Stop acting stupid.

      January 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • sharoom

      Nah man I think it just looks like a monkey.

      January 21, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  10. ZmajSnoshaj

    Great, it's the monkey that will wipe everyone out.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  11. Michael Buck

    Great...just what the rednecks want to hear...if it doesn't move shoot it...if it moves, shoot it until it doesn't move!

    January 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  12. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    What the heck is Obama doping in Borneo? I thought he was in the White House?

    January 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • CG

      I have to agree with White guy.

      January 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • A Girl in Dallas

      Not everyone in Texas is a racist troglodyte. People like you make us look bad.

      January 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  13. m

    This is good news for Republicans.

    January 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  14. lMNOP

    Monkey was quoted as saying "Where's my ****ing cigarettes?"

    January 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  15. edmundburkeson

    This message is not Al Gore approved!!!

    January 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Paimo

      adamBATTAGLIA Posted on whit, your pictures are bnuelievable. sure, i'm really jealous but also REALLY JEALOUS. congrats on what seems to be a successful trip so far. can't wait to see the show.

      April 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Imran

      To have a chance for true caghne, we must take lesson from our past Our history proves we have a foundation of rebellious nature among other questionable behaviors. Let's not argue that but accept it! Now we have a rebellious president who refuses to do things based on the same old policies, procedures and political traditions. I have read the opinions and blogs of others on various website, I see a people afraid of the unknown Without rebellious people like OBAMA true leaders do not exists! If there were not rebellious people standing up for civil rights of woman and minorities than we would still be living in a world as backwards as some third world countries. Without people who are not afraid to admit that the old policies, procedures and practices of this nation are failing the people than progress will not be made. To break free from a failing system something completely new and different must take place and many will not understand the new at first.Obama's leadership style is democratic meaning internal drives and impulses that are centered on human relations and teamwork. He fosters communication that is open and usually two-way creates a spirit of collaboration and joint effort that result in staff satisfaction. I agree he does have some traits of permissive (laissez-faire) style, internal drives and impulses that tend to have some established policies; but abstains from complete leadership. What that tells me about President Obama is that he has enough humility and compassion for others to admit that being the President of the United States is not a ONE MAN JOB! Unless it is Jesus Christ himself than there is not a MAN capable, trustworthy or intelligent enough to handle that load! He is a leader who teaches us to work together. As humans we are all imperfect and until we all fully grasps that concept than many President Bush’s (prideful and self centered) will destroy this country. I wish people would stop judging and being so critical instead ask how they can help. We have a leader who does not mind gathering intelligent minds together so working towards the best possible solution can be achievable. Based on history the democrats do not have all the answers and nor do the Republicans, but given the opportunity to come together no one can come against us! Finally, remember another piece of American history: United we stand divided we fall. We use to be the leading nation in many aspects but now each side, each party and the American people have become so prideful and selfish that we are destroying the fabric that made us great. Yet, one day we will die but our children learning from our mistakes we continue in those mistakes only to destroy what little we have left behind. We cannot continue in the old way the new way must come even if it is uncomfortable at first.Jesus was a rebel in his day too, breaking the traditions of religious leaders and political powers of that time.

      April 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  16. Rob

    As good as this news is it has now put that monkey and those left in danger. Yeah some people will leave it in peace. But not poachers they sadly will see dollar signs and yes people will want them for pets or some kind of meal. The best way for another species to survive is for it to go unnoticed by this one the 7 billion primates that are a terror.

    January 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Theo

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      April 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  17. PETA

    Monkey – It's whats for dinner........

    January 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  18. Memerizer


    January 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  19. BJJSchecter

    Drive monkey, drive!

    January 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • SirDaBasher


      Hahahaha , Very funny one

      January 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  20. yawn

    cnn always gets news last.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • SirDaBasher

      At least this Monkey has good taste in life , The Monkey chose Borneo

      January 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  21. C.S.

    So I guess it's not extinct then is it??? Wow is this really news? Guess this just goes to show that ANYBODY can get on the computer and blog---awayyyyyyyyyyyy.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • medical student

      Anyone can also just get on the computer and leave comments highlighting their complete lack of education, and utter disregard for scientific discovery as you have demonstrated.

      January 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Conor

      Finding out that a species is in fact not extinct is not only wonderful news but a completely valid reason to write a blog.

      January 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Iwan

      If it is 48% failure, the world ewrpos of nations can take it that Obama stands true to his morals of charisma with which he came into Power to represent the most powerful democracy that is highly sensitively based where mind’s temporary imperfection stands to catch up with the change that was necessary for America and necessary for the world at large to reckon in human terms.One year of Obama’s role is insufficient to make an assessment because dilution of Presidential Charisma to match with public consumption is not a joke – I would therefore say 48% failure rating as projected is “transition”—and not a fact because it is related with the performance of relative time over which his (Obama’s) Charisma stands linked with the Infinite of Its unconscious state in him evolving and what is evolving as good can only indicate at present that (Obama) needs 4 years plus – to make things smooth for America and the world; reason – because he is a natural being blessed to receive inputs on his charisma to make mind’s temporary imperfections to move with his flexibility on them that are in the offing after the initial grounds appearing disturbing have been laid both for America as nation and the world tiding over the past governing history of this good earth.Well, this is a short and sweet comment on what stands reported.

      April 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  22. bad2worse

    Well it looks like it's not extinct anymore. Next!

    January 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  23. Tyler

    Is it's name Oofty-Goofty?

    January 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • twang

      looks more like a rufus jackson

      January 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  24. Obamabus

    I want one!

    January 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • i_know_everything

      for dinner?

      January 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  25. FU

    "Scientists" can't really expect to be called that after finding a monkey, can they?

    January 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • medical student


      Zoologists, biologists....are....scientists.....


      really people like you make me wonder how our species still exists at all

      January 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Msc.

      Whatever you do, stay in school. If you've dropped out, return immediately.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  26. smc

    I wonder who else "sited" them?

    January 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • XO

      Spell check glitch

      January 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
      • Dave S

        No, spell-check won't see it. Brain glitch. Get used to tortured English; it's all over the web. [sigh]

        January 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  27. thes33k3r


    January 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  28. jefflebowski

    Monkey news. Karl Pilkington would be happy.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm |


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