Newborn golden snub-nosed monkey makes public debut in south China

Articles May 04, 2019 08:46

Clinging tightly on its mother, a newborn Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey made its public debut at the Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park in south China's Guangdong Province on May 1.

Since its birth two days before the start of the four-day May Day holiday, the monkey baby has not left its mother's loving arms.

Keepers at the park said that they were unable to tell the gender of the baby until the mother let her guard down.

"The monkey mother has been holding the baby tightly since it was born. She has shown some maternal instincts, and we saw her feeding the newborn. Everything seems to be ideal now," said Huang Tongwen, the breeder of the newborn monkey.

The hair of the baby monkey is typically gray and white. In a few months, its fur will turn gold like the rest of this species.

Earlier in April, another female baby golden snub-nosed monkey has made its public debut at the park. As the breeding season passes, the golden snub-nosed monkey family at the Chimelong Safari Park has grown to a father, three mothers and ten babies. 

Newborn golden snub-nosed monkey makes public debut in south China  

The golden snub-nosed monkey is an endangered species and is under first-class state protection in China. It is one of the three species of snub-nosed monkeys that are native to China. Its natural home is in the mountainous forests of southwest China.

Only five species of snub-nosed monkeys still exist in the world, and all of them are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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