Takin chasing golden monkeys captured on camera in Chinese reserve

LANZHOU (XINHUA) – An infrared camera installed in a nature reserve in northwest China’s Gansu Province has captured footage of a takin (also called cattle chamois or gnu goat) chasing two golden snub-nosed monkeys out of its territory.

While collecting data from the cameras at the Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve, workers found the 20-second clip shot on April 9, said He Liwen, an official with the administration of the reserve.

Both listed among the most endangered animal species in China, takins and golden snub-nosed monkeys are rarely seen together at the same site.

“Wild animals have their own territories. If an animal finds any other species in its own territory that may pose a threat to itself, its offspring or their food, it will chase the other animals away,” He said.

Located in the southern part of Gansu, the reserve is home to many rare animal species including giant pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys and takins.

The reserve has more than 180 infrared cameras installed, which shot over 2,000 video clips and 10,000 photos in the first quarter of this year. With the improved ecology, more and more wildlife has been captured by the cameras.

“More cameras will be installed to capture more rare scenes on the basis of minimising human interference,” He said.

File photo shows golden monkeys play at a valley in Foping County, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on August 3, 2018. PHOTO: XINHUA