This Footage Of A Rare Ape Serves To Raise Awareness Of Its Diminishing Numbers

AnimalWirePublished: July 13, 2016950,351 views
Published: July 13, 2016

Fauna and Flora International has captured the world's first video footage of Myanmar Snub-Nosed Monkey. This new species (Rhinopithecus strykeri) was discovered in 2010 and has remained hidden from video cameras up until now. It has an almost entirely black fur with white only on their ear tufts, chin beard and perineal area. It also has a relatively long tail, approximately 140% of its body length.

Discovered along the Chinese border, specifically Kachin State in north-eastern Myanmar. Locals say that they are easiest to locate in winter. During rainy season, the water from the rain gets in their upturned nostrils, causing them to sneeze. That's the reason why this species is also called Sneezing Monkeys.

Their population is estimated around 300 and declining, due to habitat destruction from increased logging and development. While many species are known to live in small groups, this footage shows a rather large family, which raises the importance of preserving their habitat.

Since 2011, Flora and Fauna International, along with their partners and the local communities, have take immediate conservation actions towards preserving this important new species. The organization has started a community ranger program and are developing an alternative livelihood program for the peoples who are indigenous to the forest.

The trend of endangering whole species comes with a toll on the human race. Cutting down forest, meaning cutting down the natural habitats of the wild animals forces them to either retreat to the cramped innermost corners of the jungle or to gradually step on our turf into civilisations, bringing all sorts of unknown viruses and bacteria we’ve never encountered before. This is why protecting them is imperative to the survival of everyone on the planet.

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  • 4 rumbles
    CCS_FL · 1 year ago

    So they killed one to get a close up photo. Sad.

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      LisaDM · 1 year ago

      No...they HUNT them to eat. Good old man!

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    gardenofeden · 1 year ago

    Sure hide the faces of the people holding a dead one.

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    DavidHereaux · 1 year ago

    Obtained by local scumbags*

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    Margaritagurl47 · 1 year ago

    WOW!!! Y'all really are the more "intelligent" species, on this planet. I HOPE y'all burn in HELL, and your family SUFFERS, for the rest of your EVIL lives. SHAMEFUL!!

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    maryann222 · 1 year ago

    WTF!! So these POS freaks murdered this beautiful animal.....for what reason?? Effing sick POS freaks!!

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    valerie22 · 1 year ago

    Well just great. The first picture of one is a dead one humans killed...

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    carolcarp · 1 year ago

    I came to the comments to ask if this one was dead, and y'all just answered my question. Thank you! There are only "in the hundreds" living, and they shoot one of them?????? What is wrong with people?

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    Equinefine · 43 weeks ago

    That is so wrong to kill one and then show it as endangered. I know, no one knows why it is dead. Could have been poachers and they confiscated it. But still it was a bad choice.

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    Tampaboy · 24 weeks ago

    I’m sorry but where does it say someone shot the monkey so they could get a picture w it? They have scientists watching them in the wild so who’s to say the animal didn’t die of old age or other natural causes? Someone makes one claim without proof, facts or evidence and all of you poor simple minded emotional crybaby’s get “triggered” and follow right along like good little sheep on an assumption with out question. But I guess that’s pretty common in today’s world. People are to lazy and or gullible to have any kind of critical thought and just let someone else do it for them. Here’s an assumption, how many of you still watch CNN?

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    Ctomes317 · 16 weeks ago

    Where does it say that this monkey is dead?....Way back in 1953 we discovered this crazy thing called a TRANQUILIZER.