Another animal from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s “Rarest of the Rare” list of critically endangered species 2010.

White-headed langur. (Photo: Peking University Chongzuo Biodiversity Research Institute)

    The Asian white headed-Langur, also referred to as the leaf monkey because it only feeds on leaves and fruits. Previously found in 16 areas of the Guangxi Province of southern China this species is now limited to only three or four areas. The steep mountains and the valley below are its natural habitat in the Nongguan Nature Reserve. The outer part of the reserve has been turned into an agricultural land for sugarcane and rice crops.

    (Photo: Peking University Chongzuo Biodiversity Research Institute)

        Dr. Pan Wenshi, a biologist from the Peking University, has been living at the Nongguan Nature Reserve, trying to do everything possible to save this species from extinction. When he first arrived, forest officials were planning to blow up three of the karst mountain cliffs on which they lived, but with persuasion from Wenshi the blasting was stopped. Today with his continued efforts to save this race the Langur population has gone up from 96 in the 1990s to a present 500.