Friday, May 25, 2012

Wild at Heart: The Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

Tomorrow, May 26th, is the opening of "Wild at Heart: Keep Wildlife in the Wild," the endangered species benefit that Andrew Hosner and I are co-curating at Thinkspace. 20% of the proceeds of the show will go to Born Free USA to help threatened wildlife. Hope to see you there!

Laura Bifano "Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys"

The Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey is an arboreal monkey native to the mountainous forests of China that lives in bands ranging in size from 5 to 600 individuals. With four months of winter snow cover in their alpine habitat, they tolerate the lowest average temperatures of any non-human primate in the world. Found at elevations as high as 11,000 feet, the monkeys subsist mainly on lichens, supplemented by seeds and fruit in season. They are threatened by habitat degradation across their range, and are especially impacted by peasants gathering dead wood for firewood, as it provides a growth substrate for the lichen they eat. The golden snub-nosed monkey population now stands at between 8,000 and 15,000 individuals. Many of them live in national preserves, where they are touted as one of China’s national treasures while being further stressed by ecotourism, as exposure to humans can result in lower reproductive rates and greater vulnerability to disease.

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