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Photos protect Sơn Trà nature

Update: December, 19/2017 - 07:00
In bloom: Flowers in the Sơn Trà forest in Đà Nẵng. More than 1,000 plants and 370 animal species are found at the reserve. — VNS Photo Bùi Văn Tuấn
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ĐÀ NẲNG — The Việt Nam Association of River Basin and Coast Protection plans to publish 300 photobooks of the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve in Đà Nẵng City to raise funds for protecting its biodiversity.

Vice chairman of the association, Hồ Duy Diệm, said the book would include 120 photos from 100 Vietnamese and foreign photographers.

Beauty: A corner of Sơn Trà peninsula. — VNS Photo Lê Phước Chín

He said the association had called for voluntary contributions. All money from the book sale will go to the fund.

Primates: Red-shanked langurs, endangered primates, seen at Sơn Trà Reserve. A photobook is being published to raise money to protect the reserve.— VNS Photo Bùi Văn Tuấn

Last month, freelance photographer Lê Phước Chín and writer Buì Công Dụng, both from Đà Nẵng, displayed photos at an exhibition of red-shanked langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus), an endangered primates living in the Sơn Trà reserve, near HCM city.

Last week, a photo of the langur portrait was bought by a local resident at an auction to raise money for the fund.

Ancient: A gnarled old tree in Sơn Trà reserve. — VNS Photo Bùi Văn Tuấn

The 4,400ha Sơn Trà reserve, 10km from Đà Nẵng, is unique. Its biodiversity ranges from primary forests to oceans with more than 1,000 plants and 370 animal species.

The langurs in Sơn Trà Nature Reserve were declared endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2013, but the species has recently been classed Critically Endangered (CR) – nearly extinct.

Autumn: The forest in Sơn Trà can be colourful. — VNS Photo Bùi Văn Tuấn

More than 25,000 school students and more than 3,000 local residents have been educated on the importance of biodiversity in the Sơn Trà reserve on field trips between 2013-17. — VNS

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