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Hi. We are monkeys – very special monkeys. We are golden snub-nose monkeys and we live in Hubei province in China. 

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Monkey talk

Hi. We are monkeys – very special monkeys. We are golden snub-nose monkeys and we live in Hubei province in China.

We live in a big forest high in a national park where it is cold for much of the year. In fact, snow is on the ground for almost half the year.

There aren't many of us left here, but things are getting better because the park rangers take good care of us. There used to be only about 300 of us here, but now there are more than 1000.

We like to eat seeds, fruit, especially apples, tree bark, insects and small animals. If you come to visit, buy some peanuts from park workers. We like peanuts.

Just put a peanut in your hand and make a fist – close your fingers around it. We will open your fingers one by one and take the peanut, break open its shell and eat it. But please don't do that with an empty hand. That's not funny.

Adapted from a story by Karnjana Karnjanatawe, a travel reporter for the Bangkok Post. You can see the full story here:http://www.bangkokpost.com/travel/travel-feature/412330/heart-of-the-middle-kingdom

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Vocabulary:

bark: the hard out covering of a tree - เปลือกไม้, เปลือก

empty: having nothing inside - ว่างเปล่า

finger: one of the four long thin parts that stick out from the hand (or five, if the thumb is included) - นิ้วมือ

fist: your hand when your fingers are closed tightly - กำปั้น, หมัด

insect: any small creature with six legs and a body divided into three parts. Insects usually also have wings. Ants, bees and flies are all insects - แมลง, แมง

province: on of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด

seed: the small hard part produced by a plant, from which a new plant can grow - เมล็ด, เมล็ดพืช

shell: the hard outer part of eggs, nuts, some seeds and some animals - เปลือก

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