Watrecolour in progress. As you can see I am making use of a wonderful colour pigment here, Quinacridone gold. Winsor and newton artists’ watercolour, as you can tell it is like a yellow ochre/ burnt sienna mix but with a bit of gold, perfect for this little chaps fur!
The golden snub-nosed monkey is endangered due to habitat loss. It is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. These monkeys live in highly seasonal forests in Hubei, Shaanxi, Gansu, and Sichuan. The monkeys experience severe winters with snow cover for up to 4 months of the year. They endure the lowest average temperature of any non-human primate in the world. That lovely golden fur is nice and thick, so keeps them warm. To fight against heat loss at night they sleep in sleeping clusters in the low canopy of the trees.
This primate is found in a number of protected areas, including Baihe Nature Reserve, Foping Nature Reserve, Shennongjia Nature Reserve and Wanglang Nature Reserve. The golden snub-nosed monkey is also listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meaning that international trade in this species is prohibited.
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With the exception of artists, inventors, and teenagers - we humans are diurnal daytime creatures on the whole, and although it’s one thing to be out and about during the night in a street lit urban environment, it’s a very different scenario if you find yourself in, say… oh, I don’t know, a forest per se. Where, if you’re lucky, you may hear the unmistakable cry or hoot of an Owl: natures very own nocturne, a stark reminder of the unknown peril of night, and a creature that has featured heavily in myth and folklore throughout the ages.