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Haven in the Highlands

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Snow monkeys: Have a thing about washing.

Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland is proposing to expand its collection to include some of the world’s rarest animals. The project has started with the introduction of a dozen Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys. Living in the mountainous areas of Honshu, they survive freezing temperatures in naturally heated volcanic springs. The monkeys are famous for washing their food. Other proposed additions are the Amur tiger, Red panda and polar bear. There are thought to be only 400 Amur tigers in the wild. The Amur tigers come from far Eastern Russia. Their decline is due to a loss of habitat and poaching for fur and body parts for certain medial treatments. This animal is regarded as the world’s rarest cat. The Red pandas look more like raccoons than their closest relative, the giant panda. Living wild in southern Asia, they are found in Bhutan, China, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Nepal. They mainly feed on bamboo, but also eat berries and occasionally eggs and young birds.

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