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Good news for forest animals

Update: August, 15/2015 - 12:00

Luckily for animals like the langurs and the gibbons, their forest homes are going to get more protection.

This will be happening because of an agreement between Viet Nam government agencies and an international environmental organisation.

It will mean that more work will be done to help guards who protect the forests from people wishing to destroy them and the creatures that live in them.

A red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) is caught by a biologist in the natural reserve in Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang City.
A red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) is caught by a biologist in the natural reserve in Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang City. - Photos courtesy of the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Viet Nam

DA NANG The Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Viet Nam have inked a five-year conservation plan.

The agreement covers strengthening of the management and supervision of biodiversity in national parks and natural reserves in the Central and Central Highlands regions.

Head of the representative Dr Ha Thang Long told Viet Nam News that the agreement would support and improve the legal enforcement of flora and fauna protection in Kon Ka Kinh National Park and Ngoc Linh Natural Reserve in the Central Highland Gia Lai and Kon Tum Provinces, respectively.

He said the co-operation deal would also promote conservation activities and biodiversity research in the park and the natural reserve.

"It's the beginning of a change in thinking of the state agency to boost biodiversity in Viet Nam. The joint action by NGOs and government agencies will pave out a long-term strategy for wildlife and biodiversity protection in parks and natural reserves in Viet Nam," Long said.

"Following the agreement, VNFOREST will develop its National Biodiversity Supervision and the Primates Conservation programmes in national parks, technical training courses for rangers, and build on wildlife," he said.

Experts from the Frankfurt Zoological Society's Viet Nam Primate Conservation Programme said Kon Ka Kinh Park was home to the largest group of grey-shanked douc langurs (pygathrix cinerea), a critically endangered (CR) species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Meanwhile, the Ngoc Linh Natural Reserve has seen a large group of yellow-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus gabriellae), an endangered species.

The national parks and natural reserves in the central region from Quang Binh to Gia Lai provinces are home to species that are facing the risk of extinction, such as Sao La or Asian biocorn (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), grey-shanked douc, the red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) and the tiger, besides the elephant.

The Frankfurt Zoological Society has provided US$18,000 to $25,000 a year to support rangers in the Kon Ka Kinh Park since 2010, to boost patrolling in the park to protect the most endangered primates, and on field training courses for students of primate conservation and protection in Viet Nam since 2006. VNS

 

GLOSSARY

 

The Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Viet Nam have inked a five-year conservation plan.

To ink a conservation plan means to sign an agreement about a conservation plan.

A conservation plan is a plan to make sure the treasures of nature are looked after and not lost to humans' development of the planet.

The agreement covers strengthening of the management and supervision of biodiversity in national parks and natural reserves in the Central and Central Highlands regions.

Supervision means being in charge of something and watching it at the same time.

When there is biodiversity, there is a high number of different living creatures in a certain place. These may be plants, animals or very small bacteria in the soil. Living things use one another to survive.

Head of the representative [P1] Dr Ha Thang Long told Viet Nam News that the agreement would support and improve the legal enforcement of flora and fauna protection in Kon Ka Kinh National Park and Ngoc Linh Natural Reserve in the Central Highland Gia Lai and Kon Tum Provinces, respectively.

Legal enforcement means making sure that laws are obeyed.

Flora means plant life; fauna means animal life.

When the word "respectively" appears at the end of a sentence, it means that things listed in that sentence sense belong in a certain order. In this case, it means that the Kon Ka Kinh National Park is in the Central Highland Gia Lai Province and that the Ngoc Linh Natural Reserve is in Kon Tum Province.

He said the co-operation deal would also promote conservation activities and biodiversity research in the park and the natural reserve.

Co-operation means working together.

To promote conservation means to say good things about it.

"It's the beginning of a change in thinking of the state agency to boost biodiversity in Viet Nam."

To boost biodiversity means to improve it.

"Following the agreement, VNFOREST will develop its National Biodiversity Supervision and the Primates Conservation programmes in national parks, technical training courses for rangers, and build on wildlife," he said.

Primates are the group of animals that include monkeys, orang-utans, chimpanzees and humans.

Experts from the Frankfurt Zoological Society's Viet Nam Primate Conservation Programme said Kon Ka Kinh Park was home to the largest group of grey-shanked douc langurs (pygathrix cinerea), a critically endangered (CR) species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Pygathrix cinerea is the scientific name for a grey-shanked douc langur. Scientific names are in the ancient Roman language known as Latin.

If a wild animal is critically endangered there are very few of them left and they could very easily be gone forever.

Meanwhile, the Ngoc Linh Natural Reserve has seen a large group of yellow-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus gabriellae), an endangered species.

An endangered species is a type of plant or animal that is in danger of disappearing.

The national parks and natural reserves in the central region from Quang Binh to Gia Lai provinces are home to species that are facing the risk of extinction, such as Sao La or Asian biocorn (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), grey-shanked douc, the red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) and the tiger, besides the elephant.

When a plant or animal reaches extinction it is gone forever.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1. When a type pf animal is close to extinction, there are many of that species on Earth.

2. Nomascus gabriellae is the scientific name of the red-shanked douc.

3.  IUCN stands for the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

4. The Son Tra Peninsula is in Da Nang City.

5. Elephants are among the creatures that live in the national parks and natural reserves in the central region from Quang Binh to Gia Lai provinces

ANSWERS:

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 1. False; 2. False; 3. True; 4. True; 5. True.

 

 

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