One of those remnants covers the Atewa mountain range. Scientists reviewing the results of remote photography in the range were astounded to find what they though would soon be gone forever. The white-naped mangabey
(Cercocebus lunulatus) is a critically endangered monkey whose numbers have declined by 50% in the span of three decades. Habitat loss and poaching are the primary causes of their decline. White-naped mangabeys have distinctive dark markings on their faces that resemble sideburns. The photos were taken in May 2017 as part of a survey of the region, but the monkeys' presence in eastern Ghana was not realized until December. They are known to inhabit a small number of forests in western Ghana, but none were thought to still live in the eastern part of the country. These may be the first photographs of this rare type of mangabey in the wild according to a researcher.
|credit: A Rocha|