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By Huang Beibei, People's Daily Online
Deep in the remote forests of southwestern China live the rare and obscure Yunnan golden (or snub-nosed) monkeys. Their human-like features have made them the subject of legends in China. But neither their elusiveness nor their human appearance has stopped them from becoming one of the most endangered primates on Earth.
Discovered by scientists in the 1890s, then lost and thought to be extinct until 1962, these monkeys are a continuing mystery.
Recognizing the need for drastic action to protect the Yunnan golden monkey, Yunnan set up Shangri-la Snub-Nosed Monkey National Park to protect this legendary species and save the best primary forests in an area of the Three Parallel Rivers, the famous world heritage site, that's sandwiched between The Yangtze River and The Mekong River.