Golden snub-nosed monkeys play in snow in central China reserve
The number of golden snub-nosed monkeys at Shennongjia National Park in central China's Hubei Province has soared over the last decade and a half thanks to efforts by local authorities to improve the natural environment, with almost 1,500 of the monkeys now roaming in the park.
A recent census carried out by the park on the golden snub-nosed monkeys shows there was an increase of 189 snub-nosed monkeys since 2005, with 1,471 now recorded at the site. The study also found that their total habitat area has expanded from 210 square kilometers up to 354 square kilometers over the past 15 years.
The comprehensive census lasted for more than 100 days across three natural reserves – Shennongjia, Xingshan, and Badong. It concluded that the total observed population, the total number of monkeys, and distribution area all increased by 25 percent, 14.7 percent, and 68.6 percent respectively compared to the figures recorded in 2005.
In 2005, the golden snub-nosed monkey species in Shennongjia received artificial food supplements, which has ensured a 100 percent survival rate for newborns.
In 2018, a regulation on better protection took effect to further protect the species in Shennongjia.