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Scientists want ‘rare species’ protected in Atiwa Forest

A Rocha scientists are calling on government to help protect the habitat of one of the world’s most endangered species discovered in the Atiwa Forest in the Eastern Region.

The rare terrestrial monkey in the Atiwa Forest of the Eastern Region was said to have been discovered by the A Rocha scientists through the use of infrared camera trap.

The primate is said to have lived in only a handful of sites in western Ghana, eastern Cote d’Ivoire and southern Burkina Faso but now endangered.

Speaking with TV3, Daryl Bosu, the National Programs Director of A Rocha Ghana, said that the discovery is “very important and critical because this species is one of the most endangered in the world”.

“It means that if we don’t care for them in their habitat, they are going to get extinct from this world.”

He said that the discovery has come at a time when there are threats of bauxite mining in the Atiwa Forest.

Daryl Bosu pleaded with government and other environmental watchers to help save, first, the Atiwa Forest and the rare terrestrial monkeys.

By Solomon Mensah|3news.com|Ghana

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