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New Monkey Species Found in Uganda 32

Posted by samzenpus
from the but-can-it-clean-the-bathroom dept.
Anonymous Coward writes "The discovery of a new monkey species that's found only in Uganda is being overshadowed by the imminent destruction of much of the animal's habitat."
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New Monkey Species Found in Uganda

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  • by AbsoluteXyro (1048620) on Wednesday March 21, 2007 @07:30PM (#18437193)
    Hey. Survival of the fittest, right? If nature intended these monkeys to live, they would have been endowed with bulldozer crippling super-strength! Or they would at least look cute. But they weren't, and they don't.
  • by soren100 (63191) on Wednesday March 21, 2007 @07:51PM (#18437395)

    This decision was attacked by many Ugandans, who saw it as a threat to tourism and water resources.

    This is interesting because it shows that the "locals" in Africa are becoming aware of the value of land for eco-tourism and the value of the fresh, clean water in the area.

    Hopefully this discovery can help the citizens of Uganda fight back against cronyism and corporatism and help preserve nature.

    If the land gets razed, it will only go to make more sugar and palm oil plantations, which would just go into making more Twinkies or other junk food. I am really glad there are people fighting to preserve the land and the monkeys!

    • by had3l (814482)
      Maybe they should get into the Monkey Business.
    • by stratjakt (596332)
      make more sugar and palm oil plantations, which would just go into making more Twinkies or other junk food.

      There's little sugar in junk food, the industry has been taken over by high fructose corn syrup.

      The sugar and palm oil is for ethanol and bio-diesel, respectively. Ethanol is the future of the sugar industry, it's less and less relevant as a foodstuff every day.

      You thought the razing of forests was bad when we were just trying to feed ourselves? Just wait until the knee-jerk reaction to climate chang
  • by erroneus (253617) on Wednesday March 21, 2007 @09:24PM (#18438335) Homepage
    ...I was no where NEAR Uganda. I mean it!
  • Were they throwing chairs?
  • CowboyNeal? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Bl4d3 (697638) on Thursday March 22, 2007 @02:26AM (#18440215)
    Who let CowboyNeal loose in Uganda? And why is someone trying to destroy his home.. that's not fair
  • Note that this is about the Ugandan grey-cheeked Mangabey. There are other grey-cheeked Mangabeys too, and as a whole that species is currently not in danger of having their habitats destroyed.
    • by Jugalator (259273)
      Sorry, got it clarified on Wikipedia that is was first thought to be a new subspecies, but has since been upgraded to its own species. So the title isn't wrong or anything, but it should probably be said anyway, because one may think they're saying that these Mangabeys are threatened, while only a specific part of them are.
  • New Species of Monkey Gone Extinct in Africa
    You know it's only a matter of time, so now you can say that you read it here first.
  • by vga_init (589198)

    I'm damned tired of all these hippie environmentalists talking about their species and deforestation. Every time they want to get in the way of human progress they try to confuse us with taxonomic "data" and "facts." Doesn't Slashdot realize that this is just a liberal commie conspiracy? DOESN'T ANYONE

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