To photograph Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys, I arranged a visit to Foping National Nature Reserve with Sid Francis of Sichuan Birding (http://sichuanbirding.cloudaccess.net/
) who probably knows the wildlife of central China better than anyone. However, despite the prospect of seeing one of the strangest looking mammals in the world, I had reservations about my trip. We were going to a research station where Chinese scientists are studying the behaviour of the Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys called Monkey Valley. In order to carry out their studies, the scientists feed the monkeys with corn and apples twice a day and mark them with coloured dye to tell them apart.