SNUB-NOSED MONKEYS

The snub-nosed genus, Rhinopitecus,
includes 5 species and 3 subspecies

Rhinopithecus roxellana

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Endemic to a fragmented area along the Tibetan Plateau in southwestern China, the endangered golden snub-nosed monkey is one of the few primates who thrive in temperate montane forests. With snow blanketing their habitat for as long as four months in the winter, the golden snub-nosed monkey can withstand the coldest…

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Rhinopithecus brelichi

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

The gray snub-nosed monkey is found in the Fanjingshan Nature Reserve in the Wuling Mountains in south-central China. There is also evidence that the species may be present in nearby forests. They live in mixed deciduous and evergreen mountain forests with heavy rainfall (79 in, or 200 cm, per year) and snowfall in the…

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Rhinopithecus strykeri

CONSERVATION STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Discovered in 2010 and identified as a new species in 2011, the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey lives between N’mai Hka River and Salween River in Kashin State at the border of Myanmar and China. Although the exact distribution of this monkey population requires more investigation, it is estimated that the total population does…

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Rhinopithecus avunculus

CONSERVATION STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Presumed extinct before its rediscovery in 1989, the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, also called Dollman’s snub-nosed monkey, is one of the world’s most endangered primates. Found only in northern Vietnam, this rare and elusive Old World monkey is one of two Rhinopithecus species found in Southeast Asia, the other being the…

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Rhinopithecus bieti

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

The Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, also referred to as the black-and-white snub-nosed monkey or black snub-nosed monkey, is endemic to the Yunnan Province of China—specifically in the Yunling mountain range in northwestern Yunnan and southeastern Tibet. This region borders the Tibet Autonomous Region to the…

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