JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

​Vietnamese province plans to buy forest land to expand habitat for endangered douc langurs

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 09:50 GMT+7

Local authorities in Quang Nam are considering buying off privately owned forests to make home for an endangered group of gray-shanked douc langurs in the central Vietnamese province.

Gray-shanked douc langur, commonly known as “costumed ape,” is a douc species native to such Vietnamese provinces as Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Kon Tum, and Gia Lai, and one of the most endangered in the world.

Hon Do Mountain, located in Tam My Tay, a village in Nui Thanh District of Quang Nam, is currently home to at least two families of gray-shanked douc, consisting of some 20 individuals.

The apes live in a narrow forest land of about ten hectares atop the rocky mountain.

The animals’ habitat is surrounded by vast wattle plantations by local people, with the nearest natural forests located three to ten kilometers away.

“Their survival is being threatened by the shortage of food, habitat, unfavorable weather, severe hunting, and wildfires,” claimed representatives of GreenViet, a an organization working to save Vietnam's biodiversity, after a field trip to the area.

GreenViet thus suggested expanding the current habitat for the ‘costumed apes’ by 80-100 hectares.

Local authorities may purchase part of the nearby wattle forest land to make space for the expansion, Le Tri Thanh, chairman of the Quang Nam administration, said at a meeting on Thursday, after being briefed of the field trip survey by GreenViet.

Thanh said Quang Nam authorities acknowledge the necessity of protecting the endangered apes, as well as coming up with long-term solutions to preserve their natural habitat.

Besides the narrow habitat, the survivor of the gray-shanked douc langur population in Tam My Tay is also being endangered as they live too close to an industrial area in Nui Thanh, Thanh added.

“One of the solutions to this problem is to buy off privately owned forests in the area to guarantee spacious habitat for the gray-shanked douc langur,” said the chairman.

There are currently around 500 gray-shanked doucs left in Vietnam. The animal is listed in IUCN Red List as one of the 25 most endangered apes in the world.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Ha My / Tuoi Tre News


Read more




Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news