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    Temminck's Red Colobus (Procolobus badius temminckii)

    Image taken in Abuko Forest in The Gambia.

    This large arboreal leaf-eating primate is a subspecies of Western Red Colobus. Of the three Western Red Colobus subspecies this and the nominate subspecies are now classified as endangered (IUCN 3.1) whilst the third -Miss Waldron's Red Colobus is critically endangered and may now be extinct.

    Western Red Colobus are often hunted by Chimpanzees and by Humans (bush-meat). In 1994 many chimps were fatally infected with the deadly Ebola virus contracted from their Western Red Colobus prey and given that chimps and humans share over 96% of their DNA there is a clear risk to humans.

    There has been a huge explosion in the bushmeat trade in recent years -which includes small antelope and various primates including both the African Great Apes. Independent of the ecological calamity that this is creating there is a real threat that wild non-human primate-based viral diseases will jump the species barrier resulting in new life-threatening human diseases.
    Indeed many researchers now believe that the inter-species transfer of a Simian immunodeficiency retrovirus from infected monkeys to humans via bushmeat followed by the subsequent mutation of the virus, is probably what created the Human Immunodeficiency Virus -the cause of AIDS, which is now killing so many poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Framed by a friend.

    Al JC, 1Snowboarder, Tall Bob, and 36 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Inzievar 34 months ago | reply

      Very informative but who could resist that wee face.

    2. cjc4454 34 months ago | reply

      Thanks for posting it in our group, and congratulations on your other honors :)

    3. biancapreusker 34 months ago | reply

      What leaves??? :-)

    4. jimmyedmonds 34 months ago | reply

      This is an OUTSTANDING MAMMAL photograph !!!
      Outstanding - Mammals
      Outstanding Mammal Photography

    5. Marcel vn Duinhoven 34 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot, love the eyes and details.

    6. gustaf wallen 33 months ago | reply

      Nothing can be more enchanting than the wild untouched and uncorrupted beauty .

    7. One more shot Rog 30 months ago | reply

      Another great shot!

    8. Bhada :) 30 months ago | reply

      Great shot!!

    9. marcellucray 29 months ago | reply

      lightning shot.............................

    10. Mike_t_by_the_sea 28 months ago | reply

      you sure put that lens to work

    11. emylily 28 months ago | reply

      OOOHH!! Soo cute! love it

    12. cyanocorax 25 months ago | reply

      We'd love to be able to show this and any other wildlife photos you have on the Encyclopedia of Life ( Thanks for using CC licenses. We'll help with tagging!

    13. EncyclopediaOfLife 25 months ago | reply

      Encyclopedia of Life curator Robert Hole, Jr has trusted your image on the EOL site

    14. coyrooster 15 months ago | reply

      Your photograph got my attention some weeks ago but it wasn't until today, seeing it featured as the banner image for your Gambian Wildlife set, that I read your very informative caption. Thank you for that ... and for this marvelous portrait.

    15. coyrooster 13 months ago | reply

      Ah so, we meet again and such a pleasure it is. (The link below goes to the page where your picture appears.)

      Seen at BORN to be WILD

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