Golden snub-nosed monkey is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of Central and Southwest China.
Habitat loss and degradation are the main threats to the golden snub-nosed monkey. Commercial logging represents a clear threat to species as it destroys their habitat, causes them to move elsewhere and alters their ecology. Even the sound of chainsaws and other logging machinery disturbs the species. In addition, local residents also contribute to habitat deforestation by selling firewood in markets as well as using it for cooking and other household uses. Forests are also often cleared for agriculture and pastoralism.
Hunting has also been called a significant threat to the species. In some regions however, local residents will only occasionally hunt and eat the monkeys illegally, with monkey meat not being a significant portion of diets. Golden snub-nosed monkeys are also hunted for their fur and trapped by poachers. Also, while not the target of such devices, golden snub-nosed monkeys are sometimes killed in wire snares aimed at capturing musk deer.
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