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Tool Skills of Rare Burmese Monkeys Threatened by Human Farming, Domestic Dogs

15 August 2013

A rare form of monkey found only in Burma and bordering Thailand has seen its ability to use stone tools threatened by farming and domestic dogs, a science news portal reports. Burmese long-tailed macaques, which use the tools to crack oyster shells along the coast, must now compete for food with humans harvesting oysters, Science Daily reports, citing a study at a Thai national park. Harassment from dogs used to protect nearby farms is also distracting young monkeys from learning the tool techniques from their elders. Burmese macaques are one of three primate species worldwide that use stone tools.