Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on April 8, 2010
What’s worse than a roaming monkey? How about a monkey that’s on-the-go because he’s been pushed out of his habitat by climate change?
Talking about White Bearded De Brazza’s monkeys, who got their name from French explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. Normally found in the wetlands of Africa, these guys have recently been spotted far from their natural homes, hiding in the forests of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.
According to Richard Leakey, son of famed paleontologist Louis Leakey, this extremely rare migration is just one of several pieces of evidence that Africa’s climate is rapidly changing. Leakey’s peeved at African authorities, claiming they’re ignoring the crisis. He continues to urge them to take action and address the issues at hand.
Although Africa doesn’t emit anywhere near as much CO2 as Western civilizations, they’ve been disproportionately affected by the climate changes. Which sucks for the monkeys and other African wildlife who don’t understand why their habitat is changing.
Especially since migration could end up being a way station for extinction.