Dryas Monkeys Found Alive

24 October 2020 # Hope

Using remote cameras attached high up in trees and in the understory, researchers have captured the first ever video footage of a new population of the rare Dryas monkeys (Cercopithecus dryas) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Central Africa. The new population was found near the Lomami National Park in the DRC.

For a long time, the elusive Dryas monkey was believed to exist only in the Wamba-Kokolopori forest in central DRC, according to Terese Hart, director of the Lukuru Foundation TL2 Project.


Fewer than 200 Dryas monkeys are believed to survive in the wild today. While the camera trap footage can help in determining conservation efforts needed to protect the species, Detwiler’s team is also investigating whether this species is a close relative of the Vervet monkey by analyzing its genetic data.