New monkey discovery in Burma


World's first images of Mynamar snub-nosed monkey caught on film Credit: FFI/BANCA/PRCF

From Fauna & Flora International:

First images of newly discovered primate

Posted on: 10.01.12

World’s first look at the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

Researchers working in Northern Myanmar have captured the first photographs of the recently discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.

Announced today in Yangon, Myanmar, a joint team from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) and People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF), caught pictures of the monkey on camera traps placed in the high, forested mountains of Kachin state, bordering China.

“The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey was described scientifically in 2010 from a dead specimen collected from a local hunter,” said Frank Momberg of FFI, who organised the initial expeditions that led to the monkey’s discovery. “As yet, no scientist has seen a live individual,” he added.

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey sighting in Vietnam: here.

Genetic study sheds light on evolution and may help prevent extinction of the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey: here.

May 2012. Previously thought to only inhabit areas of north-eastern Myanmar, a recent discovery of a new population of Critically Endangered Myanmar snub-nosed by Liu Pu, a forest guard for Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, has now provided the first evidence that the species also exists in China: here.

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  2. Population of Snub-nosed Monkeys Increase in China

    Imagen activaBeijing, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The population of snub-nosed monkeys or golden primates of Guizhou has increased from 300 in the 1980s to 750-800 at present, thanks to efforts to protect its unique habitat in that Chinese province.

    About 1.6 million dollars have been invested over the past ten years in the Mountain Nature Reserve of Fanjing, in the city of Tongren, to preserve the forests and strengthen the stability of the environment where that endangered species lives.

    When that protected area was established in the 1980s, there were only about 300 specimens of Rhinopithecus brelichi (the scientific name of this monkey, which is native to China), said Reserve Director Zhang Weiyong, quoted by local media.

    Years of efforts to preserve the habitat and native vegetation have allowed increasing the population of these monkeys, said Zhang, adding that they mainly live in the subtropical forest at an altitude of 1,000-1,800 meters above sea level.

    The Mountain Natural Reserve of Fanjing is also home to other rare and endangered animals and plants such as black bears and Abies fanjingshanensis, a conifer from the Pinaceae family that is native to China.

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