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Thursday, 11 December 2008

New colony of rare monkeys found in Vietnam

New colony of rare monkeys found in Vietnam
Researchers have discovered a new population of one of the world's rarest monkeys in the forests of northern Vietnam, raising slender hopes for the species's survival.

By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent
Last Updated: 6:52AM GMT 11 Dec 2008

The monkey was considered to be extinct in the 80s
The Tonkin snub nosed money dwindled to the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and hunting by humans - a trend exacerbated by the creature's relatively fearless and inquisitive nature. In the 1980s scientists believed it was extinct.
More recently only 200 were believed to remain and the latest discovery of a new colony of 20 monkeys, including young, offers a glimmer of hope for the species

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