New species of monkey discovered in the Congo
The first new species of monkey found in Africa in the last 28 years was reported by researchers from the United States and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the open access peer reviewed journal Public Library of Science on September 12, 2012.
Locally known as the lesula, the first example of this species was a young captive animal seen in 2007 in a school director's compound in the town of Opala in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This specimen hinted at being a new species due to its unique coloration and facial characteristics but insufficient evidence was collected to confirm this specimen as a new species.
The researchers observed seven sperate wild lesula that had been captured by local people around the upper Lomami River Basin to the Congo.