The White-Throated Guenon, also known as the red-bellied monkey
and the red-bellied guenon, is a diurnal primate that lives on trees
of rainforests or tropical areas of Nigeria and Benin. They are
usually frugivores but insects, leaves, and crops are also in their
diet. They usually live in small groups of four to five individual
monkeys however, there have been groups of 30 discovered, and in
cases, some males wander alone. They are arboreal, living in moist
tropical forest and the wettest parts of dry tropical forest, however
they can also be found in secondary bush and old farmland. Males
weigh from 3.5-4.5 kg and females weigh 2-4 kg. Females give birth
to one offspring, which is a factor of decreasing population. They
were once considered extinct due to constant hunting for the fur
of their unique red belly and white front legs, but a small group
was subsequently found near the Niger River in 1988. They are still
considered an endangered species due to their decreasing population.
They are present within Nigerian forest reserves and sacred groves
in Benin, but hunting and logging restrictions are difficult to
enforce or nonexistent. They are one of the species that live in
the Guinean Forests of the West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot.
Meanwhile, the Revolution ended.
In the days after, there was the job
of putting our dreams together and crafting
a new reality. Chaos is fun
for a while, but ultimately order
is needed to successfully fold week into week.
No one wants to serve on the clean-up crew,
but it is honest work sweeping up
broken chairs and glass and spent
ammunition. Being a radical is not
an occupation after the radicals win.
So much to do, so many departments
to organize. Promises to keep.
And so, out of the rubble and litter
we comb the deposed, ask
if they will please show us
how these things really work.
Ken Poyner’s latest collections of speculative poetry, Stone the Monsters,
and Lessons From Lingering Houses
, emerged in mid-2021.
He spent 33 years working in the information arts, and lives with his
power lifting wife, several rescue cats, and multiple betta fish in the
lower right-hand corner of Virginia.