40 black shanked douc langurs found in Dong Nai

Last update 11:37 | 12/07/2017

Some 40 black shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nigripes), divided into three herds, have been found living on Chua Chan Mountain in southern Dong Nai Province’s Xuan Loc District.

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

This is the highest number of black shanked douc langurs found in the area. The black shanked douc langur belongs to group 1B – the group of endangered species that needs priority protection under Vietnamese regulations.

The discovery was made when the local forest management and relevant agencies conducted searches on the mountain after they were informed by locals about the appearance of black shanked douc langurs in the area. Tiếp tục đọc

Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn


Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades

A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act. Tiếp tục đọc

Canada fisherman killed by whale moments after rescuing it from net

Joe Howlett helped to rescue a north Atlantic right whale that had become heavily tangled in rope and was struck by the mammal afterward

Joe Howlett helped rescue a Young right whale tangled in fishing gear in Canada’s Bay of Fundy.
Joe Howlett helped rescue a Young right whale tangled in fishing gear in Canada’s Bay of Fundy. Photograph: International Fund for Animal Welfare
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A Canadian lobster fisherman who saved dozens of endangered whales after they became tangled in fishing nets has been killed – moments after a last successful rescue.

Joe Howlett, from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, boarded a vessel off the province’s eastern coast on Monday to help rescue a north Atlantic right whale that had become heavily tangled in rope. Tiếp tục đọc

Three tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam


The global trade in elephant ivory, with rare exceptions, has been outlawed since 1989 after populations of the African giants dropped from millions in the mid-20th century to around 600,000 by the end of the 1980s AFP/STR

HANOI: Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly three tonnes of ivory hidden among boxes of fruit, officials said Sunday, the latest haul to spotlight the country’s key role in the global wildlife smuggling trade.

Police in the central province of Thanh Hoa found 2.7 tonnes of tusks inside cartons on the back of a truck that was on its way to Hanoi, according to a report on their website. Tiếp tục đọc

Down in the dumps over a ‘natural’ compromise


Update: July, 06/2017 – 09:40

Thu Vân

Earlier this month, the Environment Minister said “we can’t dump waste into the sea.”

More than understandable, given all the facts and dire warnings that were brought to the fore on World Oceans Day (June 8).

And no Vietnamese will ever forget what happened in April last year when steel maker Formosa discharged untreated effluents into the sea, killing millions of fish and disrupting, if not destroying, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people living on the country’s central coast. Tiếp tục đọc

Cyclists to challenge the Sơn Trà Mountain Race


Update: June, 21/2017 – 17:00

A zigzag road of Sơn Trà Mountain offers scenic bike race for riders. — VNS Photo Công Thành

ĐÀ NẴNG — More than 100 amateur cyclists will partake in the Sơn Trà Mountain race on Sunday (June 25) promoting the protection of the red-shanked douc langur in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve.

Chairman of the city’s bicycling association Đỗ Anh Tuấn told Việt Nam News that the race aims to encourage local residents and tourists to help protect nature and wildlife in Sơn Trà Nature Reserve. Tiếp tục đọc

Taking care of turtles in Cúc Phương


Update: June, 18/2017 – 09:00

Shell dweller: An Indochinese box turtle. Photo courtesy of Nguyễn Thu Thủy
Viet Nam News Nestled in the dense greenery of Cúc Phương National Park, a team of volunteers and staff work tirelessly to look after around 1,000 rare and endangered turtles. Lê Hương & Hồng Vân report.

Taking trays containing freshly ground paste of vegetables and fruit, Lina V. Wedel and Simon Brauburger head for nearby enclosures to feed the turtles, one of the important tasks they perform every morning. Tiếp tục đọc

Have you ever seen so many elephants?


Update: June, 18/2017 – 09:00

National heroes: Somewhere in the Central Highlands around 1963 as captured in a still frame by journalist Wilfred Burchett on a visit to the liberated zones of South Việt Nam. Photo courtesy of George Burchett

by George Burchett

In April 2015, I was invited by the Cercle des Francophones (Francophone Association) of Hà Nội to present the film Loin du Vietnam (Far from Việt Nam) at the Hà Nội Cinémathèque. The film was made collectively  in 1967 by some of the great names of new French cinéma: Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais, in support of Việt Nam’s resistance to US aggression.

I was familiar with the film, but decided to do some extra research for the occasion. Tiếp tục đọc

Conservationist concerned for tourism project’s impact on northern Vietnamese archipelago


Updated : 05/23/2017 19:08 GMT + 7

Accepting a request made last week by Tuoi Tre News, Neahga Leonard, project director of the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project in Hai Phong has shared his thoughts on how local wildlife habitat could be impacted by the Cat Ba ecotourism resort and entertainment complex in the namesake archipelago.

Aside from its transportation system, the project will also include three golf courses, an amusement park, and several components to leverage the tourism potential of local areas such as Qua Vang Cave, Lan Ha Bay, Viet Hai Village, and Cat Ong Island.

In that context, local conservationists are concerned that the Cat Ba langur species, the most endangered species in Vietnam, will face multiple threats. Tiếp tục đọc

The last nghien wood kingdom is being destroyed

Last update 07:30 | 03/04/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The nghien (excentrodendron tonkinense) kingdom growing on the rocky mountains in Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang is getting smaller because of illegal logging. 

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This is a hard, tough and durable wood with no termites, even if it is buried underground. Tay and Nung ethnic minorities like using nghien wood to make columns of houses and floors. Walking on nghien-made floors never produces creaking. Nghien-made chopping boards are favored, because the knife cuts are clean won’t leave debris. Tiếp tục đọc

Sơn Trà National Tourism Site plan temporarily suspended


Update: May, 29/2017 – 12:00

Foundations of columns in a construction site on Sơn Trà Mountain. Rapid development of hotels and resorts on the peninsula could turn Đà Nẵng’s natural habitat into a desert and the world’s large population of red-shanked douc langurs could face extinction, experts warn. — VNS Photo Công Thành
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — By August end, any activity related to implementation of the Sơn Trà National Tourism Site Development plan or construction on the Sơn Trà Peninsula in Đà Nẵng City must be suspended. Tiếp tục đọc

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 6: Khoa học của sự tôn kính thiên nhiên

NĐT – 18/05/2017 – 20:53 PM

Chính phủ vừa có yêu cầu việc điều chỉnh quy hoạch liên quan đến bán đảo Sơn Trà cần tiếp thu ý kiến trên tinh thần thực sự khoa học và cầu thị. Đây là một thông điệp rất đáng mừng, nhưng vấn đề là khoa học nào? 

Cây đa hàng nghìn năm tuổi trên núi Sơn Trà – Ảnh: Công Bính

» Để voọc Sơn Trà còn đất sống 

Hai ngàn rưỡi năm trước, Trang Tử bảo, đời ta có hạn còn tri thức thì vô bờ, lấy cái có hạn mà đuổi theo cái vô bờ thì nguy khốn, biết là nguy khốn mà còn đuổi theo thì nguy khốn hơn (Ngô sinh dã hữu nhai, nhi tri dã vô nhai; dĩ hữu nhai tùy vô nhai, đãi dĩ! Dĩ nhi vi tri giả, đãi nhi dĩ hĩ! – Nam Hoa Kinh). Cho nên, các nhà khoa học chân chính đều khiêm nhường kính ngưỡng trước thiên nhiên, đều coi tri thức mà mình có được chỉ là hạt cát trong mênh mông biển cả. Tiếp tục đọc

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ cuối: Một gợi ý cho vấn đề nan giải

MTG – Đăng lúc: 22.05.2017 14:12

Một góc bán đảo Sơn Trà bị đào xới, thi công biệt thự trái phép.

  Giả định rằng Chính phủ quyết tâm trả lại cho Khu bảo tồn thiên nhiên những gì vốn là của nó theo ranh giới được xác lập đầu tiên thì những dự án lấn chiếm Sơn Trà sẽ được xử lý như thế nào ? Đó là vấn đề nan giải không chỉ đối với chính quyền TP. Đà Nẵng mà cả đối với Chính phủ.

Xin nhắc lại, hầu hết các dự án lớn xâm chiếm bán đảo Sơn Trà được chính quyền Đà Nẵng cấp phép và giao đất trong thời điểm trước khi có Quyết định số 1976/QĐ-TTg ngày 30-10-2014 Tiếp tục đọc

How many red-shanked doucs are left on Vietnam’s Son Tra peninsula?


Updated : 05/24/2017 18:55 GMT + 7

While a recent independent study claimed that there are still over 1,300 red-shank doucs on central Vietnam’s Son Tra peninsula, primate experts believe the number to be much lower.

Red-shanked doucs are monkey-sized primates characterized by their golden face, black hands and feet, and maroon-red ‘stockings’ from their knees to their ankles.

The endangered species, native to central Vietnam, are known locally as ‘the queen of all primates’ due to their extravagant appearance. Tiếp tục đọc

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 1: Chuyện về ông ‘thần rừng’

MTG – Đăng lúc: 02.05.2017 11:26

Hệ sinh thái tại Sơn Trà đang bị xâm hại khiến cộng đồng xã hội hết sức bức xúc. Ảnh loài Voọc chà vá chân nâu quý hiếm tại Sơn Trà – Ảnh: Lê Tuấn

   “Nếu có sự kết hợp hài hòa nhất giữa tự nhiên và xã hội thì sự kết hợp đó chính là Hoàng Đình Bá” (giáo sư Trần Quốc Vượng). Và khi nhắc đến Sơn Trà, không thể không nhắc đến ông thần rừng này.

Lần đầu tiên tôi đặt chân đến Sơn Trà là vào năm 1978, lúc tôi đang là bộ đội, khi chiến tranh biên giới Tây Nam nổ ra và cả nước đang chuẩn bị chống quân Trung Quốc xâm lược ở biên giới phía Bắc. Toàn đại đội của tôi được lệnh vào Sơn Trà bằng tàu quân sự qua đường biển, nói là để “truy quét tàn quân địch” nhưng thực chất có lẽ là tham gia làm tiền trạm cho cấp trên kiểm soát một vị trí chiến lược nhằm chuẩn bị bố trí phòng thủ nếu chiến tranh diễn ra trên toàn quốc. Tiếp tục đọc