DA NANG (VNS) — The central city, in collaboration with the Centre of Biodiversity Conservation, GreenViet, has launched a programme to protect the red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) in the Son Tra Nature Reserve here.
Some 55,000 li xi (lucky money) bags will be offered as part of the programme.
Biologist Bui Van Tuan from GreenViet said the programme has called for the local community in the city to boost communication on the issue of protecting the primate and biodiversity at the reserve.
The li xi bags, which bear the image of the red-shanked douc and a message on environmental protection, aim to raise awareness among the community, tourists and nature lovers, encouraging them to join hands in conserving the flora and fauna of the 2,500ha reserve.
Tuan said the lucky money bags will be distributed free to all residents. He hoped the wildlife protection message would spread among the community during the Tet (lunar New Year) holidays (from February 6-14).
The Son Tra Nature Reserve, 10km away from the city's centre, shelters nearly 300 red-shanked douc – a kind of langur that was declared endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2013.
GreenViet has co-operated with the Frankfurt Zoological Society of Germany, the San Diego Zoo Global in the United States and the IUCN to protect the red-shanked douc langur at the Son Tra Nature Reserve in Da Nang.
Earlier this year, the centre inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Son Tra–Ngu Hanh Son's Forest Protection sub-Department to improve patrols to protect the langur. — VNS