Colony of Rare Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkeys Uncovered in Vietnam

December 13, 2008 / 2 Comments

Every time we talk about why each threatened species got so close to disappearing forever, the inevitable answer seems to be human activity (be it habitat destruction or excessive hunting).

tonkin snub nosed monkey 1 Colony of Rare Tonkin Snub nosed Monkeys Uncovered in Vietnam

The Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys are one of the rarest primates on Earth. Though only 200 of them exist, new hope emerged as another group of angry-looking monkeys has been found in wild in Vietnam by a group of scientists. While moving through the dense forests, they uncovered a rare treasure – 20 Tonkin monkeys that had three young among them, indicating a vibrant clan and active breeding.

tonkin snub nosed monkey 2 Colony of Rare Tonkin Snub nosed Monkeys Uncovered in Vietnam

Their initial reaction to human contact was panic and danger which shows that hunting is still prevalent in these lands as the snub-nosed monkeys recognize people as a threat. That means that the whole clan should be protected because there is a long and hard road to recovery before we they get out of the “Red Zone”. Meanwhile locals, the Vietnamese government and the conversational organizations are working hard to make sure that we do not lose them.

Source: DailyMail