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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.

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    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 (www.eol.org). 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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