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.

Xie Hongfang, chief of the reserve's administration bureau, said Monday the increase was attributable to the steady environmental improvements and a crackdown on poaching, the state-run news agency said.

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.