10 July 2017

Threatened langur species found in Dong Nai province

NDO/VNA – Tens of black-shanked, douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes), an endangered species, have been spotted in the Chua Chan mountain in the Suoi Cat commune of Xuan Loc district, in the southern province of Dong Nai.

Ton Ha Quoc Dung, deputy head of the forest protection division of Xuan Loc district and Long Khanh town-ship, said that there are two herds, consisting of approximately 20 langurs, living at about 300 metres up the Chua Chan mountain, whilst another herd of langurs was spotted at about 600 metres up the mountain.

Notably, there are pregnant and baby langurs found in all three herds, he said, adding that this is the first time his forest protection division has discovered such a large number of langurs in Chua Chan mountain.

Dung said that his division is carrying out measures to protect the black-shanked douc langurs and the relevant agencies have also recommended that local residents have friendly attitude towards the animals and not to hunt them.

Black-shanked douc langurs are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). They are found to be indigenous to the north eastern region of Cambodia and southern Vietnam.

The Prime Minister has recently issued Decision 628 requesting that localities and sectors urgently deploy plans to preserve primate species in the country.



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