March 4, 2005The right to name a newly discovered monkey
species (pictured) went for U.S. $650,000 yesterday in an online
charity auction, with all proceeds destined for the Bolivian park
where the species was found. (Related photo: "Name
That Monkey [For a Price].) The anonymous winner, who has not yet
announced the species's name, outbid TV star Ellen DeGeneres. The
talk show host nevertheless raised thousands more dollars for the
park by auctioning some of her clothing and shoes.
"The Internet just became a safety net for this monkey and Madidi National Park," Wildlife Conservation Society President Steven Sanderson said in a statement. Madidiwhere the one-foot-tall (30-centimeter-tall), two-pound (one-kilogram) species was discoveredis home to more plant and animal species than any other South American preserve. (See more animal photos from the park.) Threats facing the park include "illegal settlements and unsustainable resource extraction," according to the society.