By Diane Small
Look at this little guy! He looks a bit sad, and no wonder–many people in his native habitat think he tastes delicious. Say what??!
Yes, seriously. In South East Asia, the snub nosed monkey has been hunted for food for centuries, and is still today considered to be a delicacy. This fact, combined with habitat destruction due to increased economic and human development in the region, is resulting in the near-extinction of the species.
With probably fewer than 300 of these animals left alive, it is now a race against time to save this beautiful species from becoming extinct. In fact, leading experts say that this could happen within just 18 years
While one country where this cutie lives, Myanmar, has taken some small steps to conserve the species, scientists are calling for more action from bordering China, where economic and population growth means a greater loss of natural habitats, to help protect not only the snub nosed monkey, but the area’s rich biodiversity in general.
According to an article in Science Daily news, “This monkey group was actually found in an area designated as a nature reserve 30 years ago and while local people have been hunting the species for ages, local managers knew nothing about it. This highlights the need to improve wildlife management in China, as it is likely quite a few new species of plants and animals may be discovered in the border areas between China and Myanmar.”
At Eluxe, we believe that diversity is luxury, and we aim to help conserve endangered species around the world.
If you would like to help save this species, there’s a lot you can do. Start by sharing this article to spread awareness – it doesn’t cost a penny! But if you do have some money – even a little bit – that you could donate to this cause, please visit here.
It’s amazing what a little awareness and a few dollars can do to save a species! Flora & Fauna.org have already used donations to do the following:
– Create conservation awareness campaigns in China and Myanmar to inspire people in forest regions to become guardians of the monkey
– Provide small grants to hunters to earn an alternative income by raising livestock or growing rice instead of hunting wild animals, giving them a real alternative to hunting.
As a result of these efforts, forest communities in South East Asia are now becoming champions of ‘Snubby’. For example, they have established no-hunting zones and ensure that hunters do not target the monkey. Let’s help those zones expand!
All images: Wikimedia commons