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Primates under threat

Update: January, 09/2016 - 12:00

A number of animals of this Earth are rather like humans.

Like us, they belong to the group of animals known as primates.

Some primates are in danger of dying out.

Among these endangered primates are types that live here in Viet Nam.

The Cat Ba langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus).
The Cat Ba langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus). -  Photo bushwarriors.org

HCM CITY (VNS) — Primatologists have identified the 25 most endangered primates globally, of which three are endemic to Viet Nam, according to a press release from the Fauna & Flora International (FFI)- Viet Nam Programme.

The Cat Ba langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus), Delacour's langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) and Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) are the three Vietnamese species to figure in the emergency action list: the 2014-2016 World's Top 25 Most Endangered Primates list.

The Cat Ba langur was reported to have less than 70 individuals now while the numbers of the other two species dropped to below 200.

Eleven species that occur in Viet Nam are listed as critically endangered, up from seven in the 2008 list.

"These updated assessments continue to highlight the importance of Viet Nam as a centre of primate importance globally," Dr Ben Rawson, FFI-Viet Nam Programme Country Director and IUCN SSC Co-Vice Chair for SSE Asia Region, said.

"They also highlight that Viet Nam is at risk of being the first country to lose a primate species to extinction."

No primate extinctions have been recorded in the 20th or 21st centuries.

Le Khac Quyet, a leading Vietnamese primatologist, said, "We need more actions to conserve Viet Nam's endangered primates and their habitats by improving population protection, afforestation, law enforcement and conservation biological studies as well as involvement of local people in wildlife conservation."

FFI's work spans the globe, with over 140 projects in over 40 countries, mostly in the developing world.

The FFI Viet Nam Programme focuses on the conservation of Viet Nam's most threatened wildlife and important habitats and eco-systems.

A particular focus of the programme has been primate conservation activities that span more than 15 years and have resulted in the discovery and protection of some of the world's rarest primate species.

FFI-Viet Nam programme are currently working on the conservation of five of these species: The Cat Ba langur, the Tonkin sub-nosed monkey, the Cao Vit gibbon, the grey-shanked douc, and the western black-crested gibbon.

The 11 species from Viet Nam now on the brink of extinction are:

1. Cat Ba langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus)

2. Delacour's langur (Trachypithecus delacouri)

3. Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus)

4. Grey-shanked douc (Pygathrix cinerea)

5. Red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus)

6. Black-shanked douc (Pygathrix nigripes)

7. Cao Vit gibbon (Nomascus nasutus)

8. Western black crested gibbon (Nomascus concolor)

9. Northern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys)

10. Southern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus siki)

11. Con Dao macaque (Macaca fascicularis condorensis) . — VNS

GLOSSARY

Primatologists have identified the 25 most endangered primates globally, of which three are endemic to Viet Nam, according to a press release from the Fauna & Flora International (FFI)- Viet Nam Programme.

Primatogolists are scientists who study and know a lot about animals called primates.

The group of animals known as primates are those with hands, feet with toes and eyes that face forwards. Humans are primates, so are lemurs, bushbabies, tarsiers, marmosets, monkeys and apes.

Animals that are endangered are few in number because of being under threat.

Globally means all over the world.

If an animal is endemic to Viet Nam, it lives there in the wild and nowhere else.

The Cat Ba langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus), Delacour's langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) and Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) are the three Vietnamese species to figure in the emergency action list: the 2014-2016 World's Top 25 Most Endangered Primates list.

A species of animal is a type of animal.

"These updated assessments continue to highlight the importance of Viet Nam as a centre of primate importance globally," Dr Ben Rawson, FFI-Viet Nam Programme Country Director and IUCN SSC Co-Vice Chair for SSE Asia Region, said.

An assessment is an estimate. An updated assessment is an estimate that comes from studying and research that has been done very recently to make an older assessment more meaningful.

Le Khac Quyet, a leading Vietnamese primatologist, said, "We need more actions to conserve Viet Nam's endangered primates and their habitats by improving population protection, afforestation, law enforcement and conservation biological studies as well as involvement of local people in wildlife conservation."

To conserve Viet Nam's endangered primates means to keep them and save them from being wiped out.

A primate's habitat is the place where it has the correct amount of food and shelter to survive.

The FFI Viet Nam Programme focuses on the conservation of Viet Nam's most threatened wildlife and important habitats and eco-systems.

An eco-system is a community of living things that share the same home and, often, live off one another. An eco-system may be as small as a pot plant on your window or as enormous as the entire world!

A particular focus of the programme has been primate conservation activities that span more than 15 years and have resulted in the discovery and protection of some of the world's rarest primate species.

Span, in this case, is a verb meaning the amount of time the programme has taken so far.

 

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following in the Word Search:

1.      An animal studied by primatologists.

2.       A type of primate.

3.      A type of animal that lives in both Asia and Africa, one of which is known to scientists as Rhinopithecus avunculus.

4.      Nomascus nasutus; Nomascus concolor;  Nomascus leucogenys and Nomascus siki are all different types of ___________

5.      The number of species that occur in Viet Nam are listed as critically endangered, which is up from seven in the 2008 list.

 

 

 

 

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