Dong Nai province moves to protect black-shanked douc langurs

The men could face up to seven years in jail and a fine of VND100 million ($4,480). Vietnamese police are investigating the killing of nine endangered primates whose body parts were to be used for traditional medicine, officials said Tuesday. The black-shanked doucs -- monkeys with grey-blue faces and long tails -- are among many rare species under threat in a country where wildlife trafficking is rife. Police are probing three men between the ages of 19 and 35 suspected of poaching the animals, investigator Mai Hong Quang told AFP. "They were caught carrying the dried animals on their bikes in July. We have now banned them from leaving their residence, pending investigation," Quang said. "The men told us they wanted to sell the dried primates they had shot dead in deep forest for use in traditional medicine," Quang said. If charged with killing an endangered species, the men could face up to seven years in jail and a fine of VND100 million ($4,480). Vietnam is home to some of world's most endangered species, including the mountainous antelope Saola, the Red River giant soft-shell turtle and the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey. Though legislation on wildlife protection is in place, critics say the laws are not always effectively enforced and poaching of rare or endangered species continues. Black-shanked doucs (Pygathrix nigripes) are related to the red-shanked and grey-shanked douc langur, all found in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The red-shanked and black-shanked douc langur are both…... [read more]

Both of them are listed in the red books of Vietnam and the world. The Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) has received a yellow-cheeked gibbon and a black shanked douc langur in Vietnam, which were voluntarily handed over by locals on August 18. According to EPRC’s Facebook page, the endangered yellow-cheeked gibbon, aged 4, was found stuck on a snare in the forest three years ago by Pham Thi Tu's family in the remote mountains of Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands. The family decided to bring it home without knowing how endangered and rare this species was. She lost two fingers after that accident. Since then, the gibbon has been raised like a member of the family, given human's food like rice, meat, fish or even coffee in the morning. She was showered every few days, lived together with the family under the same roof, and has become very used to walking bipedally like humans. Tu voluntarily gave the endangered gibbon to the EPRC on the request from the district’s forest protection officials. The black shanked douc langur, just six months old, weighs about 800 grams. A week ago, Doan Duc Loc, a man from Ho Chi Minh City paid VND5 million ($221) for the animal from a local in the southern province of Binh Phuoc. The two threatened animals have been transported to EPRC in Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh. They have shown signs of being stressed after a 40-hour trip.…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - With an area of 72,000 hectares spreading over the three provinces of Lam Dong, Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai, harmonious nature, and a diverse habitat, the National Park of Cat Tien has a very rich fauna and flora system and many rare species, including primates. Mr. Nguyen Van Dien, Director of the Cat Tien National Park, said there are more than 130 individuals belonging to five different primate species in the park, including the red-faced monkey, the pig-tailed macaque, black-shanked doucs langur, golden cheeked gibbon and coolies. All of them are listed in group 1B (endangered, rare). Ecological experts said most of the national parks in Vietnam have only a few species of primates but Cat Tien gathers many primate species of all three regions in Vietnam – the north, the south and the central region. The black-shanked doucs langur is the endemic leaf-eating species of Vietnam and Cambodia. Not as flexible as other monkey species, black-shanked douc langurs are prone to changes and incidents (they usually sit and cover their faces by hands while facing external impacts). Dr. Vu Ngoc Long, Director of the Southern Institute of Ecology, said the golden cheeked gibbon species is highly endangered. This is a species with highly conservative behavior. If their habitat is narrowed or split, they will continue to be there instead of moving to another place. The park is also the home to small loris, the species also named in the Red Book of Vietnam and the world.…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) — Wildlife trafficking in Viet Nam and the high demand for exotic meat, jewelry, medicine and even pets is a threat not only to bio-diversity, but also to public health, according to environment experts. Experts said the illegal trade of products, which has both domestic and international origins, increases the risk of spreading diseases because trafficked animals are not quarantined. According to the Forest Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, about 5,400 violations related to wildlife management and protection were reported across the country over the last five years. Nearly 60,000 endangered wildlife species were seized. In February, customs officers at Noi Bai International Airport and other agencies detected 180kg of ivory hidden in personal luggage from Angola to Viet Nam. Last November, customs officers at Hoanh Mo Bordergate in the northern Quang Ninh Province found about three tonnes of ivory and pangolin hidden in perch-carrying boxes. Last August, customs and police found 593kg of ivory and 142kg of rhino horns at Tien Sa Port in central Da Nang. Further investigation helped them to find an additional 2,181kg of ivory and 4,000kg of pangolin that had been illegally imported from Nigeria and Malaysia by the Hung Huy Bao Ltd Company. Last December, police in HCM City caught a pet store owner in the process of delivering nine water rats and a black-shanked douc langur to his clients who buy exotic animals to raise as pets. The owner, Huynh Anh Khoa, 23, admitted to…... [read more]

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Forest officers in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has found the carcasses of five endangered douc langurs in a forest but no poachers inside. They were patrolling the forest in the contiguous zone between Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces when they found the dried carcasses in a makeshift tent belonging to a 58-year-old Lam Dong resident. Two of the five carcasses were intact while the remaining had been butchered into 10 sets of arms and legs, bones, flesh, organs and skins. Pieces of dried carcasses of the black-shanked douc langurs seized by Lam Dong forest officers. Photos: Lam Vien The officers also found a hand-made gun, bullets and power saws in the tent. They think poachers hunted the douc langurs in the forest in Binh Thuan Province’s Tuy Phong District and brought them to the tent to hide. The Lam Dong police have been asked to investigate. The black-shanked douc (Pygathrix nigripes) is an endangered species of monkey found in the forests of Vietnam and Cambodia. This species is unique among the doucs in having a largely greyish-blue face. Thanhniennews... [read more]

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh, has taken legal action against a man for violating regulations on the protection of precious and rare wild animals, Vietnamese media said. >> Traffickers of black-shanked douc langurs indicted The proceedings are being made by the park's forest protection office against 33-year-old Doan Xuan Hoa, a local man, who was caught illegally carrying a dead wild animal, weighing 8 kilograms, on a motorbike on the Ho Chi Minh Road by a patrol team of the forest protection office on November 4, 2011, said Le Thanh Tinh, the director of the national park. Hoa's act violated regulations on the protection of precious and rare wild animals, pursuant to Article 190 of the Penal Code, Tinh said. The dead animal carried by Hoa was a voọc, a langur species with scientific name Trachypithecus hatinhensis, one of the rare and precious animals listed in Vietnam's Red Book and under strict protection. Hoa failed to show any documents to prove the origin of the dead animal, so the forest rangers made a report on the violation and seized it. In August 2014, competent agencies at the Park also detected the illegal transport of the dead bodies of 10 voọc of another species, with scientific name Pygathrix nemaeus, a red-faced monkey and a white-cheeked gibbon. The animal bodies had been dried.. The Park then referred the case to police for investigation, but the case was suspended later…... [read more]

Forest rangers in the central city of Da Nang released an endangered douc langur to a nature reserve on Thursday. The douc was previously discovered by Phan Van Quy, a local farmer, in a forest in Hoa Vang District. Quy said the six-kilogram ape looked frightened as if it had been strayed from its troop. He then handed over the douc to the Hoa Vang District Forest Protection Division, which in turn took care of the animal and released it to the Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve. In June, a grey-shanked douc that went astray into Bai But Tourism Area was also handed over to the municipal Forest Protection Department. After several days of treatment, the department released the douc to the Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve. Since 2005, the department has rescued and released nine douc langurs to the wild. The douc langurs are among the most beautiful primates in the world. All three species are endemic to Indochina. The three species are the red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus), black-shanked douc langur (Pygathix nigripes) and gray-shanked douc langur (Pygathix cinereus).... [read more]

Tran Quoc Viet, a young teacher in the Central Highlands who saved a rare monkey from hunters earlier this year, has taken another injured monkey into his care as of last Thursday, Tuoi Tre reported. The science teacher at Mang But Commune Secondary School in Kon Tum Province also runs a small store selling things not available in the highlands such as fish sauce, dried fish and oil for light, allowing him some extra income to pursue his wildlife hobbies. His store was packed with people that Thursday afternoon. They jostled over a monkey around three months old. It had a cut across its abdomen after being caught in a snare. A man from the Ba Na ethnic group offered to sell it to Viet. The teacher recalled how he got the monkey for only VND150,000 (US$7). "I told the man it's not a normal monkey, but a douc langur, and the government strictly bans its hunting, and that any harm to it can be punished by at least ten years in jail." After the transaction, Viet asked the hunter to tell any other hunters that knew about the monkey that it had escaped. "It's actually a normal monkey. But I didn't have enough money for a real trade. I had to scare them so they gave it to me at any price." Viet and his brother, who is staying with him, stayed up for two nights keeping a fire in the house to warm the monkey. He also bought…... [read more]

Wildlife conservationists seek to counter long standing 'tradition' in Vietnamese society "A criminal caught him in the jungle. A criminal sold him to a restaurant. A criminal killed him. Don't be the criminal that eats him!" warns a public notice at a wildlife rescue station in Ho Chi Minh City. But Nguyen Thi Diep does not see herself as a criminal. The 69-year-old resident of Ho Chi Minh City says fist-sized elongated tortoise meat steamed with dodder white wine and white pepper has proved to be a very effective remedy for her enlarged heart (cardiomegaly). She had breathing problems, dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpilations and fluid retention, forcing her to retire young from her job as planning manager at the HCMC Department of Agriculture in 1979. About 30 years ago, one of her elderly neighbors told her about the elongated tortoise meat. "I bought one at a local market and ate it all as advised, but nothing happened," Diep told Vietweek. "So I decided to eat another one, and this time it worked. Since then, I no longer have any heart disease." The Binh Duong native, a housewife since her retirement decades ago, has not kept knowledge of the remedy to herself, but willingly shared it with everyone who has the same health issue that she did. She sees it as providing valuable help to someone, since the cure doesn't require much money and helps patients to avoid very expensive treatments including surgical procedures. The problem is that Diep,…... [read more]

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