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Rare langurs released back into the jungle

Update: November, 17/2017 - 09:00
A Hà Tĩnh langur begins a new life after being released into the wild. — VNS Photo Công Thành
Viet Nam News

HÀ TĨNH — Four Hà Tĩnh langurs (Trachypithecus hatinhensis), an endangered primate species, have been released into the Kẻ Gỗ Nature Reserve in the central provincve of Hà Tĩnh as part of a re-introduction programme.

The programme is run by the Endangered Primates Rescue Centre (EPRC), the Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet), an NGO in biodiversity communications in Việt Nam.

GreenViet, a partner in the operation, said it was the fourth consecutive release in the reserve since 2015. Twelve, of which two died in conflicts against local monkey groups, have now been returned to nature.

Biological researchers from GreenViet said the langurs were captive-born individuals from Cúc Phương National Park in Ninh Bình Province.

They said they will follow the released langurs for a few weeks to six months with tracking devices. Biologists hope they will build up a new colony in the 45,000ha reserve.

The Hà Tĩnh langurs, which are listed as endangered species by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species), exist only in a restricted area of central Việt Nam and eastern Laos.

The largest population of 200 individuals is in Quảng Bình Province, and a small group lives in Quảng Trị. About 80 Hà Tĩnh langurs have been born in captivity at the EPRC in Ninh Bình. — VNS

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