Bil Browning

Gay philanthropist's new monkey species: Rhinopithecus strykeri

Filed By Bil Browning | November 08, 2010 6:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Jon Stryker, new monkey species, Rhinopithecus strykeri

Noted gay philanthropist Jon Stryker has been given a unique and rare gift by scientists. Researchers who discovered Rhinopithecus-strykeri.jpga new species of monkey have named it Rhinopithecus strykeri in recognition of Stryker's support of great apes. David Mixner brings us the details:

Jon is one of the world's leading champions in an effort to protect primates. Since the foundation began it has contributed over thirty million dollars to help save them...

They are located in the wilds of Myanmar where approximately 330 of these primates still live. They are so rare they have never been photographed...

The drawing with this post is an artist's rendering of the new monkey. I still wonder though, if they're so rare that they've never even been photographed, how do they know there's 330 of them? That seems rather specific for such an uncommon species.


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Lynn Miller | November 9, 2010 2:26 PM

Congrats to Mr. Stryker. Having plants or insects named after someone is commonplace, but a primate...? That must be a rare honor.

But the poor monkey. The species has an upturned nose, so when it rains water falls into its nostrils causing the monkey to sneeze. Typically, the monkeys have to tuck their head between their legs when the rain comes.

Oh, and while I have on my geeky glasses... the estimate of their population is 260 - 330, so maybe the estimate is less precise than the quote suggested.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajp.20894/abstract;jsessionid=9E6757F370AC9486AC0287C52F2D3DF1.d01t01

And... you can see a photograph of one of the monkeys, which was killed for food, here:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/101027-snub-nosed-monkey-sneezes-new-species-science-discovered-eaten/