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Experts discuss ways to save planet's primates

Update: August, 13/2014 - 08:36
New primates stamps released on the occasion of the 25th Congress of the International Primatological Society. The five-day congress aims to raise public awareness about primate research and conservation around the world. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyet

HA NOI (VNS) — Scientists from 56 countries discussed how to conserve primate species at the International Primatological Society's 25th Congress yesterday in Ha Noi.

The five-day congress, which wraps up on Sunday, aims to raise public awareness about primate research and conservation around the world.

Despite conservation efforts over the past five decades, primate species in Viet Nam and other countries faced the threat of extinction due to illegal hunting and trading as well as habitat loss, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan said at the congress.

He added that Viet Nam had finished building the legal framework on nature conservation and set up a specialised-use forest system covering more than 2.2 million ha, including 30 national parks and 114 nature reserves.

Tetsuro Matsuzawa, President of the International Primatological Society, said that efforts to conserve primate species in Viet Nam had gained remarkable achievements. These began with establishment of the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park in 1993, which has since rescued more than 260 individuals, successfully bred around 240 individuals of 12 species and released over 50 individuals to the wild. The centre is currently taking care of more than 150 individuals. Following the success of the Cuc Phuong Centre, other centres were established in HCM City, southern Dong Nai Province and Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Kien Giang Province.

Viet Nam is now home to 26 primate species and subspecies recognised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, including five endemic to the country: vooc mui hech (Tonkin snub-nosed monkey), vooc mong trang (Delacour's langur), vooc Cat Ba (golden-headed langur), cha va chan xam (grey-shanked Douc) and khi duoi dai Con Dao (Con Dao long-tail macaque).

New stamps feature endangered primates

HA NOI — Four new stamps and a block design featuring the images of rare primates that face extinction in Viet Nam have just been released on the occasion of the 25th Congress of the International Primatological Society.

Designed by painter Do Lenh Tuan, the stamps measure 31mm x 46mm, while the block measures 65mm x100mm.

The designs bear vivid images of the rare primates with their distinctive features and habitat, along with an appeal to the public to join hands to protect the primates before they become extinct.

The images of the five endemic species were printed on a stamp collection in 2002.

On the occasion of the international conference on primates, the second edition of a book entitled Primates in Fragments: Complexity and Resilience has also been released. Articles by 104 scientists from 23 countries address various matters concerning primates, such as their distinctive features, living environment, food choice, use of natural resources, changing habits and infectious diseases. — VNS

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