Endangered grey-shanked douc monkeys discovered in Vietnam

This video from Vietnam is called Chà vá chân xám (Grey Shanked Douc).

From Animal Science Blog:

Endangered Grey-Shanked Doucs in Vietnam

A team of researchers from WWF and Conservation International (CI) has discovered the world’s largest known population of grey-shanked doucs (Pygathrix cinerea), increasing chances that the Endangered monkey can be saved from extinction.

The grey-shanked douc is one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates and has only been recorded in the five central Vietnamese provinces of Quang Nam, Kon Tum, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, and Gia Lai. Fewer than 1,000 individuals are believed to still exist, and until now, only one other population with more than 100 animals was known.

“This is an exciting and important discovery because of the large size of the population,” said Barney Long, Central Truong Son Conservation Landscape Coordinator for WWF Greater Mekong – Vietnam Program. “It’s very rare to discover a population of this size with such high numbers in a small area, particularly for a species on the brink of extinction. This indicates that the population has not been impacted by hunting like all other known populations of the species”.

3 thoughts on “Endangered grey-shanked douc monkeys discovered in Vietnam

  1. Ecosystems of Vietnam’s long coastline are in peril
    Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:55PM EDT

    By Grant McCool

    NHA TRANG, Vietnam (Reuters) – It was the destruction of coral reef and over-fishing that moved artist Nguyen Lieu to paint brightly coloured canvasses warning Vietnamese that their coastal environment is in peril.

    “Nha Trang is the most beautiful bay recognized worldwide but exploitation there is chaotic,” Lieu, 53, said at Galerie DEWI, where 15 of his oil paintings were exhibited in June and July.

    His home town on the south-central coast has smooth sandy beaches, islands and mountains, but it also carries the burden of the ugly side of rapid development and fast-growing tourism.

    It is a story being repeated up and down the impoverished country’s 3,200 km (2,000 mile)-long coastline, despite awareness among officialdom and non-governmental groups to harmonize conservation and making a living from the sea.

    Oil slicks, dead rivers and polluted air are part of an often-bleak environmental picture as Vietnam’s 85 million people head toward industrialization.

    Lieu’s art is unusual in communist-run Vietnam in that it displays a consciousness about a contemporary global issue. Seen through his eyes, there is a dire need to preserve and protect coral reefs and marine life for future generations.

    For good reason, environmentalists say. Research shows Vietnam is a “biodiversity hotspot” with ecosystems under threat. Less than 25 percent of coral reefs surveyed have living coral and 75 percent are at high or very high risk, eight times the southeast Asian average.


    Lieu’s impressionist works in the exhibit “Sea 80 Square” each feature a mother protector as an elongated, cloaked figure in a conical hat or a face in the ocean.



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