Quang Nam province protects primates from peril

A gray-shanked douc langur (pygathrix cinerea) in central Vi​etnam. Qu​ang Nam Province plans to restore a 80ha forest to protect a herd of 50 gray-shanked douc langurs in N​ui Th​anh District. (Photo: GreenViet)

Quang Nam (VNA) – The central
province of Quang Nam plans to restore a 80ha forest as habitat for a herd of
gray-shanked douc langurs living in Dong Co village, Tam My Tay commune.

Huynh Tan Duc, director of the provincial
Agriculture and Rural Development, said the forest area in question had been
allocated for acacia – one of the most profitable woods in the central region,
but this stole the endangered langurs’ natural habitat.

He said the langurs now live in a 5ha primary forest, and face being hunted by
locals as well as poachers.

“We will replant some indigenous species to provide food for the primates. A
large area of forest will be restored from the commune to the riverhead of Phu Ninh,
Bac Tra My and Tien Phuoc districts in the province,” Duc said, adding that the
forest area will help connect with primary forests in neighbouring Quang Ngai
province.

“The department will collaborate with local
administrations and rangers to hold more patrol and protection of the langurs,
and communications for local residents on the importance of the langurs,” he
said.

The department will survey the langurs and their habitat in order to create a
safe shelter for them in a 4,000ha forest in Tam Tra commune, Nui Thanh
district, he added.

Tran Huu Vy, director of the Centre of Biodiversity Conservation, GreenViet,
said that the centre will help the province track the langurs and offer more
measures to protect the endangered primates.

In a recent report by the province’s Forest Protection Division, a herd of
about 50 gray-shanked douc langurs was found living in a 10ha forest in Dong Co
village of Tam My Tay commune over the past 10 years.

The department called for support from biologists, international organisations
and wildlife protection programmes to share their experience and suggest
measures to protect the langurs.

According to experts from the Frankfurt
Zoological Society’s Vietnam Primate Conservation Programme, some 1,000
gray-shanked doucs have been found in forests of five provinces, including Quang
Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.

Gia Lai’s National Kon Ka Kinh Park has the largest number of langurs in the
country.

The gray-shanked douc langur is listed on the
International Union for Conservation of Nature red list as one of the world’s
25 critically endangered primates.-VNA



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