Yunnan Black Snub-Nosed Monkey

The Black snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti), also known as the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, is a large black and white primate that lives only in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan,where it is known to the locals as the Yunnan golden hair monkey (滇金丝猴) and the black golden hair monkey (黑金丝猴). Coniferous and deciduous forests in the mountainous regions of Yunnan are the ideal terrain for these primates.It is threatened by habitat loss, and is considered an endangered species. With their unique adaptations to their environment, these monkeys thrive at extreme altitudes despite the below freezing temperatures and thin air. This primate’s diet is mainly made up of the large amounts of lichens available in their region. Recent studies have provided more information on the Black snub-nosed monkey, but there is still much to learn about them.