Coco & Conrad are missing from group C – Coco is a large adult female with long, dark chest fur and a small pink spot on her left breast and on her inner left thigh. Her son, Conrad, is a young juvenile male best described as an old man trapped in a tiny body (think woolly monkey version of Benjamin Button). They were last seen on December 7, 2014 near camp happily foraging with other members of their group. Everyone from group C, especially Chloe, Coco’s daughter and Conrad’s big sister, are patiently awaiting their return. Not knowing their whereabouts (i.e. if they are simply living in a new group now or if they are actually deceased) is very stressful. If found, please let them know that they are sorely missed and if they’ve decided that their new home is better than their last the least they could do is send a trill or two our way to let us know that they are okay.
Written by K. Ellis
I got some pretty heavy news my first day back to the station. While searching for a few of our radio-collared animals, I heard one of my favorite monkeys on mortality (when there is no activity the collar will pulse much faster than the normal rate to alert the researcher that either the animal has died or that the collar has fallen off). We pinpointed the collar to a large tree fall in the middle of D’s home range, but were unable to actually locate the collar before nightfall. I had the highest of hopes that Digit had managed to rip off the radio-collar and was now roaming the forest a free man. However, this fantasy would never play out as we found what remained of Digit and his collar under the tree fall the next morning. Digit’s cranium was intact and many of his bones were concentrated in one area, directly under the tree that had fallen. Thus, we have ruled out predation as the cause of death. The question remains, however, was Digit snoozing away when the tree went and he somehow got pinned under the tree as it fell or was he already injured and unable to move quickly enough to get out of harms way in time? Only poor Digit will know.
Digit was first identified as a subadult male in 2008 and noted to have two missing digits on his right hand for which he later acquired his name. In July of 2014 he was fashioned with a radio-collar allowing us to track him and his group. By this time, Digit had grown into a strapping adult male. Over several months of observation, Digit was noted to be a kind monkey and an integral member of the group. While he could often be found socializing with the moms and infants of the group, his true passion was to gallivant through the jungle on his own or with his trusty sidekick Docket (another adult male of the same age). And, although he was not much of a ladies man, he did have some successful copulations while under observation. Who knows maybe come summer we’ll have some little Digits running around (and Digit, or at least his genes, will live on)…