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Tibet's Mangkam: paradise for snub-nosed monkeys
11:25, May 05, 2010  



The monkeys mainly live in deep forests or on high mountains in Tibet''s Mangkam County and Yunan''s Deqin Prefecture, with its number estimated at 2,000 all over the country. (Photo Source: momriver.org)

The number of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys, a rare primate species, in Tibet''s Mangkam Nature Reserve, has soared to 600 from 50 since the reserves'' establishment 24 years ago.

Because of rampant poach, the number of this precious animal plummeted from 2,000 in the 1960s to no more than 60 in the early 1990s, according to the Mangkam County Forestry Bureau.

Meanwhile, as the monkey groups live in scattered places and are separated from one another, their breading is also limited by seldom gene exchanges between natural populations.

The monkeys mainly live in deep forests or on high mountains in Tibet''s Mangkam County and Yunan''s Deqin Prefecture, with its number estimated at 2,000 all over the country.

Lying at an altitude of 3,500 to 4,500 m, the 1,853-sq-km Mangkam Nature Reserve was set up in 1986 to protect primitive forest landscape and wildlife including Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, clouded leopards and wild oxen.

Source: Xinhuanet


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