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Xiangguqing: Magical home of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys

Updated:2018-07-03 08:33:14   China · Yunnan

Yu Jianhua works as a ranger at the Baima Snow Mountain National Nature Reserve in Weixi County, Yunnan. Every morning he hangs the leafless mini-shrubs of the Usneabarbata plant over tree branches while calling out to the monkeys in the language of the Lisu ethnic minority group.

Soon the black-and-white monkeys begin to respond excitedly, racing across the forest, and the Xiangguqing valley immediately comes to life.

As the most representative species of the nature reserve, the Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys are receiving more care than ever, and now they are not afraid of humans at all. The Xiangguqing population consists of more than 70 monkeys, divided into eleven normal families and one all-male family. “

In the hierarchy of Yunnan snubnosed monkeys, the most powerful male monkey generally rules the largest family and holds the highest position in the population,” Wang Chunping, a graduate student of Southwest Forestry University, said while observing the monkeys through a telescope. 

Under careful human supervision, Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys are steadily increasing in number and many male monkeys have formed families.

By Chen Chuangye

Keywords:   Yunnan snub-nosed monkey