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Hotel makes way for an endangered monkey

THE demolition of a mountain-top hotel will help protect the endangered gray snub-nosed monkey in Guizhou Province.

The Mogushi Hotel was creating too much garbage in the Fanjing Mountain National Nature Reserve, according to Zhang Yanghong, tourism head of Yinjiang County.

The reserve's management began demolishing the 80-bed hotel on Monday. Its owner was paid 880,000 yuan (US$128,800) by Wuhan Sante, a company that will start operating a cable car into the reserve this month.

The Mogushi Hotel started operations in 2002 and was a favorite choice for tourists who wanted to see the monkeys and a sunrise. To get there, they had to climb 7,897 steps by foot.

A 3.4-kilometer cable car to the mountain will start operating on April 29, allowing tourists to visit the reserve in a day.

Zhang said the cable car will bypass the monkeys' habitat to minimize the impact. The monkey, the rarest among the three species of golden monkeys in China, lives only in the Fanjing Mountain National Nature Reserve.

Groups of the monkey were not found until the early 1980s when it was estimated there were only 200. The population is now 850.


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