Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys live at the highest altitude of any primate, except for humans. The forests they live in are 3,000-4,500m above sea level, and they wander far and wide in search of food.
Scientific name: Rhinopithecus bieti
Black snub-nosed monkey
The world's highest-ranging primate lives 4,000m up in the forests of the Hengduan Mountains.
Almost completely unknown until the 1990s, the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey lives 4,000m up in the forests of the Hengduan Mountains, at the highest altitude of any primate other than humans.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The black snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti), also known as the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, is an endangered species of primate in the Cercopithecidae family. It is endemic to China, where it is known to the locals as the Yunnan golden hair monkey (滇金丝猴) and the black golden hair monkey (黑金丝猴). It is threatened by habitat loss. It was named after Bishop Félix Biet who collected it.
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