I’ve been neglecting the endangered species category for awhile, but when I squeezed out way too much brown paint the other day, I did a number of simple painted line drawings with the excess. For one of them, I used a reference for snub-nosed monkeys that I had in my file of animals. I don’t know if it’s just this photo, but the blue face is very exaggerated compared to others I’ve seen. The strong blue works well with the brown lines though.
Snub-nosed monkeys are found in southern China and northern Vietnam and Myanmar. They live in large groups in the same mountain forests that giant pandas prefer. This habitat is disappearing, due to human settlement, but especially due to forest destruction as a result of logging. The monkeys are also hunted for their fur and body parts, which are used in Chinese medicine. It seems no creature is immune from the voracious appetite of Chinese medicine.
For their part, China has established reserves for both monkeys and pandas in an attempt to save both. However, the species of snub-nosed monkeys that live in Vietnam and Myanmar have no such protection and are critically endangered.