Rubber plantations are destroying natural forests and threatening this monkey species.
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The Phayre’s leaf monkey was once found across the northeastern forests of India but is now found in fragmented pockets in three Indian states.
With an uptick in rubber production in India in the late 1960s, vast acres of rubber trees replaced natural forests, creating a monoculture environment. The Phayre’s leaf monkey has been forced to adapt and change its diet. Rubber tree leaves and twigs now account for approximately 67% of its diet.
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