China's golden monkeys make a comeback
Updated: 2006-02-20 09:09
China's golden monkeys, a species more endangered than giant pandas, have
made a surprising comeback with populations quadrupling in the past two decades.
China's golden monkeys, a species more
endangered than giant pandas, have made a surprising comeback with
populations quadrupling in the past two decades.
The snub-nosed monkeys, which are found only in southwestern Guizhou
province, have risen in number from 200 in the early 1980s to around 800, Xinhua
news agency said.
Despite its growing numbers, the animal is still endangered, Xinhua cited
experts saying Sunday.
Poaching and forest fires are two of the main causes for the decrease in
population, according to Yang Yeqin, director of Guizhou's Fanjingshan National
Nature Reserve, where most of the monkeys live.
The gregarious animals are also vulnerable to human diseases, such as
tuberculosis, cholera and measles, Yang said.
Researchers believe that the number of the snub-nosed monkeys would not rise
rapidly even if their habitats were enlarged.
However, the numbers would drop dramatically if their habitats dwindled,
which may lead to their extinction, said the researchers.
Wildlife experts said the animals' living space must be extended, monitoring
and protection of their environment must be strengthened and a breeding base
should be established to save the animals.