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Quang Nam attempts to help endangered langurs

14 August 2018 | 10:50:00 AM

The central province of Quang Nam has planned to buy forest land from local people to increase the protection of endangered gray-shanked douc langurs.

 

On August 9, a delegation of Quang Nam authorities led by vice chairman of provincial People’s Committee Le Tri Thanh surveyed the habitat of the langurs at Tam My Tay Commune, Nui Thanh District. 

  

Gray-shanked douc langurs in Quang Nam


According to Quang Nam Forest Protection Department, there are around 20 gray-shanked douc langurs living in at least two herds on just a mere 10-hectares of primary forest in Nui Thanh District.

Thanh said that the environment for the species is too limited and especially affected by the farming activities of local residents.

He stressed the need to enhance public awareness about the risks the langurs are facing to prevent illegal hunting.

The province has also planned to buy local land to expand the environment for the langurs around the Hon Do Mountain area. The reforestation of the primary forest will be conducted to give them a better habitat.

The gray-shanked douc langurs have been listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNC) Red List as one of the world’s 25 Most Critically Endangered primates worldwide and only found living in Vietnam. However, they are on the verge of being wiped out.

By Cong Binh | dtinews.vn

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