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An incredibly rare species of monkey has been photographed by a conservationist during an expedition to the Amazon, constituting the first time the creature has been seen in 80 years!
Sporting golden hair on its limbs and shaggy fur covering its body, the ‘Vanzolini bald-faced saki’ is one a handful of monkey species which live in remote parts of the Amazon and have largely remained mysterious to researchers.
However, Dr. Laura Marsh put together an expedition to the area earlier this year in an attempt to find the Vanzolini bald-faced saki.
As one can see, Marsh’s mission was a resounding success as she managed to not only see the creature, but also photograph it during a moment which profoundly moved the researcher.
“It was fantastic,” she told National Geographic, “I was trembling and so excited I could barely take a picture.”
In a detail which may make Bigfoot hunters turn green with envy, Marsh’s saki sighting took place a mere four days into the expedition which stunned the group who expected a much more difficult and possibly even fruitless search.
With the Amazon developing at a worrying pace, Marsh and her colleagues hope that the newfound evidence for the breathtaking creature can help get it classified as ‘threatened’ and possibly protect the rare animal from hunters.
Source: National Geographic