Professor of the Department of Forest Engineering Fabiano Rodrigues de Melo is representing the UFV on a mission to Ivory Coast, in search of the only species of primate considered extinct in the world, the “Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus”. According to the professor, this monkey, endemic to the African country, has not been seen for approximately 15 years.


Fabiano is contributing with his experiences related to the use of drones equipped with vision or thermal imaging cameras, which allow for more precise monitoring of fauna. He already presented this technology to us (remember the last edition of Pint of Science?) and now he is taking his knowledge to Côte d’Ivoire, to help with research, management and protection of endangered animal species.< /p>

In the words of Professor Fabiano: “In this new video, I show you a bit of my routine these days when I’m in Ivory Coast, Africa, on a very special mission. At the invitation of the Swiss Center for Scientific Research, in partnership with ReWild and Wildlife Conservation Society, two American NGOs, I was invited to lead a field team to try to find the only species on the planet that is considered extinct. The Piliocolobus waldronae is an endemic species of this African country and is critically endangered, according to the IUCN, and has not been seen since the last specimen was hunted in 2008. Furthermore, it has no formal record in the literature, be it a photo, video or vocalization. nothing is known about the biology of the species and it could disappear (if not forever) in the coming years. But nothing @biao.drone can’t solve! An official mission from the Federal University of Viçosa, which I’m proud of! “


Source: Video from Fabiando R. de Melo’s YouTube channel

Sources: ufvbroficial on instagram
              Fabiano R. de Melo on youtube


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