First images of newly discovered primate
Posted on: 10.01.12
World’s first look at the 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.