February 9, 2009
Rare monkey making a comeback in China
China has experienced success in rebuilding the population of a rare snub-nosed monkey, government officials say.
The number of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys in their primary habitat -- southwestern China's Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve -- has risen from about 500 in 1983 to about 1,300 today, Xinhua reported. Overall, there are about 2,000 of the monkeys in China.
In recent years, the number of the Yunnan monkeys here has been increasing by some 30 to 40 every year, said He Xinming, a nature reserve clerk in Weixi county.