Tonkin snub-nosed monkey

The Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (Pygathrix avunculus) weighs approximately 15 kgs (male), and they are located in subtropical lowlands and forests on limestone territory. The Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey is endemic to some parts of North Vietnam, and in 1947, it was alleged that the only occurrences were from a Song Koi River area (forests). In the late eighties, experts thought they were extinct. However, sightings resumed in 1989 or thereabouts.

Still, it cannot be denied that their numbers are on the way down, and this is caused mainly to the loss of their abode due to hunting and ground-cultivation. If the experts are to be believed, at least seventy percent of the original habitat of the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkeys had been annihilated. The fact is, from 1996 to 2004, the IUCN has categorized the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey as Critically Endangered. Commercial acquisition of bamboo is also a contributor to this annihilation.

Foods of the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey are basically leaves, and this includes bamboo leaves, and fruits also. The fruits are consumed basically during the autumn days.These monkeys are arboreal, and there had been no reports that they could navigate through water.

The social organization of these monkeys is basically a single-male clique. Every group is made up of that one male, then many females plus their young. Norm-wise, the size is about fifteen individuals, but that is far from being conclusive. These groups congregate at sleeping places and while feeding. Sometimes, they journey as a "pack".

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