5 Interesting Facts About Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkeys

08 Nov 2012, Yunnan Province, China --- Black snub-nosed monkeys are seen in Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, Yunnan Province, China, Nov. 2012. The black snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti), also known as the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, is an endangered species which could only be found in some high altitude mountain areas of China's Yunnan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region. --- Image by © Ma Xiaobo Photography China/Corbis

Here is a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys cuddling up to keep warm

Today I want to write about a very strange looking primate, the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. Also known as the black snub-nosed monkey, these beautiful looking animals grow up to 83 cm long, with a tail that is up to 75 cm long.
  2. They have a very strange diet, mainly eating lichen that grows on tree trunks, which isn’t very nutritious.  Lichen takes a long time to grow, so these guys travel a lot in search of food.
  3. Their weird noses don’t have any bones and their nostrils are turned upwards.
  4. They have long shaggy fur to protect them from freezing winters.  When the babies are born, they are completely white and they get darker with age.
  5. Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys live in high altitude forests in south western China.  They are found in higher altitudes than any other primate and are endangered.  There are only about 2,000 of them left in the wild due to habitat loss and hunting.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys?

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