|Red-shanked douc langurs. — Photo arkive.org
NINH BINH (VNS) — The Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Viet Nam (EPRC) has received a young red-shanked douc langur from the Thua Thien-Hue Forest Protection Department.
The centre said the little langur, which is about 10 months old, had an eye infection and flu, and has received treatment there.
The EPRC, which is based in Ninh Binh Province, is home to 160 rare primates, including 15 species and sub-species, which have been either rescued by Vietnamese authorities or were born there.
The reproduction rate of these species is very high, with five Delacour's langurs giving birth to five babies and 10 Hatinh langurs giving birth to 16 babies at the centre.
The centre is only foundation in the world that takes care of three species of douc langurs -- the grey-shanked douc langur, red-shanked douc langur and black-shanked douc langur – and has 28 of them.
In 2007, eight Ha Tinh langurs were released into the semi-wild enclosure at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and they could search for food, habitat and indulge in other natural behaviour.
Earlier this month, the centre also released a little male pygmy loris into the forest. — VNS