Friday, July 1, 2011

Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

Guernsey Post has been issued the stamp series features the endangered species, the Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey on January 29, 2004.The Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey lives in the mountainous regions of south-western China and is at the top of the state protection list along with the Giant Panda. 

Breeding in captivity has, however, been successful and it is hoped that new babies will be the beginning of a successful conservation programme for the animal. The adult and sub-adult golden snub-nosed monkey is sexually dimorphic. Adult males ,was estimated at over 7 years of age, have large bodies covered with very long, golden guard hairs on their backs and cape area. The crest is medium brown while the back, crown to nape, arms and outer thighs are deep brown.

The Golden Monkey has a big soft blue muzzle, bare bluish skin around the eyes and the feature that gives them their name, a small turned up nose. The Golden snub-nosed monkey is found in groups ranging in size from 5-10 individuals to bands of about 600.

The Golden snub-nosed monkey eats (from greatest to least in amount) lichens, young leaves, fruits or seeds, buds, mature leaves, herbs, bark, and flowers. This diet varies from season to season, showing a correlation once again between food availability and home range.

1 comment:

mike said...

I think its a great story so thanks.

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