Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Meet The Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

Also referred to as the Sichuan Golden Snub-nosed monkey, is native to southwestern China along the Tibetan plateau. The largest populations occur in Woolong Natural Reserve in Sichuan Province. Little is known about these elusive monkeys, as they spend much of their time in high mountainous forests that span an upwards of 3000 feet. They are highly social monkeys, forming units of 20-30 in winter, which often come together into larger troops of up to 200 in the summer. Several of these groups may in turn combine temporarily to form enormous bands of up to 600. (But then how can they be elusive if there's 600 of them running around...) Often times the larger groups are sub-divided into smaller family units comprising of one dominant male and around 4 females with their young. Unfortunately, like most unique animals, Golden Monkey's loss of habitat is the greatest threat to their existence. In addition, their meat is of a high value in China which is further depleting their numbers. Snub nosed monkeys. So out here.

via arkive


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