Qinling snub-nosed monkey

Qinling snub-nosed monkey
I am happy to share that another one of my images has been awarded in the prestigious European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. The image was photographed in China and features two Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys – an adult on the right and a juvenile on the left. These amazing animals are listed as Endangered by the IUCN as only some 3,800 individuals still exist. Most people have never seen these creatures, and awareness is a critical first step towards the successful conservation of any species. Their main threat, as often, is habitat-loss. For instance, lichens are the main staple of the monkey’s diet and dead trees have the greatest lichen coverage. Unfortunately, dead trees are harvested, thus reducing the quality of the habitat and availability of food. The monkey is a highly selective feeder, so damage to its habitat seriously impacts the species.
Marsel van Oosten

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