Rare ‘leaf mon­keys’ sighted in China

The Hitavada - - WORLD -

A LARGE group of rare Phayre’s leaf mon­keys has been spot­ted in south­west China, an an­i­mal ex­pert said. More than 200 of the leaf mon­keys, a Class I state-pro­tected wild an­i­mal, were seen by vol­un­teers in Yun­nan’s De­hong Dai and Jingpo ear­lier in Jan­uary.

It was the big­gest group ever spot­ted in China, Xin­hua news agency re­ported. “A group of Phayre’s lan­gurs usu­ally con­sists of no more than 30, so the lat­est dis­cov­ery is really un­usual,” Chen Jian­wei, with Bei­jing Forestry Univer­sity said.

Phayre’s leaf mon­keys, also known as Phayre’s lan­gurs, scat­ter in western Yun­nan and in eastern and north­ern Myan­mar.

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