26 Jan '13, 7am

Photos: Population of critically-endangered 'gorilla of Indonesia' on rebound

Photos: Population of critically-endangered 'gorilla of Indonesia' on rebound

Saving Indonesia's monkey with a heart-shaped bottom (06/05/2012) North Sulawesi is one of the world's most beautiful places. Verdant forests and stunning coral reefs, combined with high levels of species endemism, make it a top biodiversity hotspot. But pressure on the region's natural resources is mounting. Mining projects, conversion of forests for plantations, overfishing, and the expansion of a commercial bushmeat trade is endangering some of Sulawesi's most charismatic animals, including the distinctive Sulawesi crested black macaque. Found only in North Sulawesi, the crested black macaque could be one of Indonesia's most iconic conservation symbols, but relatively few people know of its existence. And the locals who do may be inclined to eat it as a delicacy.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0127-black-macaques-recover...

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