Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Monkey Day!

I want to wish everyone a very happy Monkey Day!

Today is the day to celebrate all things monkey, ape, and generally primate-related.

This Emperor Tamarin has his party mustache on!

photo from wikipedia

We tend to celebrate Monkey Day everyday in my family, with monkey stuff hanging around the house (get it?  hanging?  'cause monkeys hang in trees? get it? ...)

This little guy hangs on our fridge.

I know King Kong is technically a great ape (very great), but I thought I'd include this painting that hangs in our dining room (painted by my husband).

On a more serious note, today is a good day to learn about endangered species and habitats.

I'd like to introduce you to the critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkey.

Tonkin snub-nosed monkey picture - one of the hundred most threatened species
Photograph by Xi Zhinong, Minden Pictures/Corbis

Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys have a distinctive look with a flattened face, an upturned nose, pale blue rings around the eyes, and large pink lips.

Credit: Nguyen Van Truong
Credit: Nguyen Van Truong/FFI

This species of monkey, believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the early 1990s, is native to northern Vietnam.  Like many endangered species, the population decline in the wild is due to habitat loss and hunting, and it is estimated that only 200-250 Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys are left in the world.  But, there is some encouraging news involving this species.  A survey performed in 2013 in the Khau Ca Species and Habitat Conservation Area in the Ha Giang Province in Vietnam recorded 108-113 individuals living in the protected area, up from around 90.  Hopefully, the continued protection of the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in the Khau Ca Species and Habitat Conservation Area will ensure the species' survival.

photo from

By the way, I, of course, am wearing my Monkey Day socks.

I hope you all have a fantastic Monkey Day!  


  1. Happy Monkey Day! How interesting. I've never heard of that species before!

  2. Happy Monkey Day, and nice socks! :)

  3. Aww, how nice! Great to raise awareness and I have to say that mustachioed monkey is adorable :)

  4. The Emperor Tamarin might just be the cutest thing in the world.

  5. Thank you, Erin! Those socks are multi-holiday socks. I wear them on Christmas, too. Happy Monkey Day to you!

  6. Thank you , Jaelan! I love learning about new species, especially endangered ones. I think the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey kind of looks like it's wearing makeup, so it's great to feature on a beauty blog!

  7. Argh, I missed Monkey Day! I do have some monkey socks though, so I feel like I would be appropriate to have a belated celebration on my feet.

  8. It's never too late for a Monkey Day celebration, so put those monkey sock on!