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Golden Snub-nosed Monkey

Rhinopithecus roxellana


The adult and subadult golden snub-nosed monkey is sexually dimorphic. Adult males (estimated at over 7 years of age) have large bodies covered with very long, golden guard hairs on their backs and cape area. The crest is medium brown while the back, crown to nape, arms and outer thighs are deep brown.


endemic to the mountains of central and southwest China


Locals in this park, Da Ping Yu, have habituated a troupe of about 40 Golden Snub-nosed monkeys. The park is part of 30 reserves in the Qinling mountains, also home to Giant Panda and Takin. It's taken a few years but the monkeys are comfortable around humans but not aggressive at all. They are still totally wild and free to go as they please. The park closes down in winter and they are left on their own again. They hang around a bit for the food they provide, like apples and corn but still eat their natural food. Many of the trees are striped of bark, which they have eaten. It was absolutely amazing to see these animals so close. The video is a compilation of 2 short clips. The first a small group of monkeys are feeding and the alpha male walks onto the scene. The second is a really short clip of a pair grooming themselves and then they go back to their resting position, hiding their heads in each other to keep warm from the cold. I wanted to add the link to my other National Geographic Spotting of the Week -

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151 Comments (1–25)

la20madryn201540 8 years ago

so cute!

la20madryn201513 8 years ago


patty 8 years ago

It is very nice. Its head is orange and his body is grey. He lives on trees.

Form II Brown

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 8 years ago

Thanks SM, Desmond and bonner.

bonner31 8 years ago

that is so funny :)

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Wow, Possibly one of the Cutest monkeys I have ever seen!

StirredMocha 9 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

You are very welcome :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thank you very much Hema and Gilma.

How did I miss that gorgeous spotting!! Congratulations, dandoucette.
Superv photography, fantastic spotting, they have such a beautiful face and their head color is just lovely.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Simply superb Dan! A Masterpiece!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Sera and Muckpuck.

Muckpuk 9 years ago

So lovely. What a beautiful monkey.

SeraArnold 9 years ago

Gloriously alien looking! Beautiful photos too - many thanx

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks josefina.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

I had an amazing time! Just got home a few days ago and have started to share some spottings already. For videos, first you have to upload them to Youtube or Vimeo. Once you've done that, you will see heading on the right side when you are uploading or editing a spotting, that says 'Add a video'. Just copy and paste you link into this space and you're done. Hope that helps.

HazelMarley 9 years ago

No problem- hope you had a good time. :)
How do you upload videos to project Noah?

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago


HazelMarley 9 years ago

No problem, dan. Safe traveling! :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Hazel. I appreciate all your comments. I'm traveling now but I will get to them soon.

HazelMarley 9 years ago

These monkeys are amazing. Your photography is great, too. Thanks for posting this! :D

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Jellis and balqie.

Jellis 10 years ago

Cute little guys.

balqie 10 years ago

wwwuooww... amazing.
wish i could see them in indonesia...

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks vivian!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China

Spotted on Dec 1, 2011
Submitted on Dec 24, 2011

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