The four species of endangered primates that we rescue and rehabilitate naturally belong in the surrounding region of south Vietnam.
|Black-shanked douc (Pygathrix nigripes) are South-east Asian colobines. Primatologists know very little about this speciesbut they have become endangered through habitat loss and hunting.
They live mainly in the high canopy but, though sometimes venturing to the ground, they can get caught by indiscriminate ground snares in the forest. More recently they are increasingly targeted for the growing demands for their intestines as a gourmet delicacy. The Vietnamese Forestry Protection Department are dealing with this increased demand by enforcing the law with stronger custodial sentences. Today in Vietnam it is not uncommon to go to prison for several years if found hunting endangered primates.
In Vietnam there is increased awareness of the illegal trade thanks to the work of Education for Nature (ENV) http://envietnam.org/index.html.
ENV was established in 2000 as Vietnam's first non-governmental organization focused on the conservation of nature and the environment. Their mission is to foster greater understanding amongst the Vietnamese public about environmental issue of local, national and global significance, ranging from the protection of wildlife and natu8ral ecosystems to climate change. ENV has the following of thousands of young Vietnamese, enabling greater surveillance of illegal activity, resulting in stronger awareness and law enforcement throughout Vietnam. For more details please go to their website or follow the links bellow for specific cases regarding the battle to save black-shanked douc from extinction. We hope this will give you a greater understanding of the problem, and the battle on the ground that is takling place to stop this illegal killing.
A young black shanked douc male found dead after attempting to chew off his own leg while caught by an indiscriminate ground snare.