Amazing family saves primates

A bright morning and the sun sends fragile rays through layers of leaves in Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh. The twittering of birds and chattering monkeys is a natural alarm for staff at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC). Two attendants slowly walk on the path between the trees and cages of primates that need special cares. They talk about the monkeys they put geographical positioning rings on yesterday. They will release them back into the wild in few days. For the past 20 years, Nguyen Thi Thu Hien and Tilo Nadler have enjoyed the start of each day walking round the center. H​ien (left) and Tilo have nurtured their happiness at the centre (Courtesy Photo of the family) Nadler first went to Cuc Phuong in 1991 to make a report for German TV on Delacour’s langur – one of the world’s rarest primates, which was discovered by a French expedition in 1930, based on two skins from a local hunter. After more than 50 years without any information about this primate, in 1987 the first living individuals were seen in the national park. Nadler sent a project proposal to Frankfurt Zoological Society for conservation work and research. In January 1993, he started the primate center in Cuc Phuong. It was the first in Indochina. “The first goal of the center was to provide housing for trapped or injured primates,” he said, “This work not only help the animals, but supports the work of… [Read full story]


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