Dong Nai moves to protect black-shanked douc langurs

last update 10:12 | 09/08/2017

The Forest Ranger Sub-department of southern Dong Nai province has completed a project to protect the black-shanked douc langurs found recently on Chua Chan mountain, in Xuan Loc district.

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A family of black shanked douc langurs lives in Nui Chua National Park

The project, which will be submitted to the People’s Committee for approval, aims to create a favourable habitat and feeding area for the langurs, scientifically known as Pygathrix nigripes, an endangered species to help them grow in number.

Functional agencies will minimize human presence in the langur-inhabited area of around 24 hectares and take measures to prevent illegal hunting as well as communicate to help the community understanding the mission of protecting wild animals.

In June, tens of black-shanked douc langurs have been spotted in Chua Chan mountain in Suoi Cat commune of Xuan Loc district, by the forest protection division of Xuan Loc district and Long Khanh township.

Ton Ha Quoc Dung, deputy head of the division, said there are two herds with nearly 20 langurs living at about 300 metres up Chua Chan mountain. Another herd of langurs was spotted at about 600 metres up the mountain.

Notably, there are pregnant and baby langurs in all the 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.

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 north eastern Cambodia and southern Vietnam.

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


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