Primates in Our Care
At Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre in Vietnam we care for rescued endangered primates, rehabilitating them so healthy animals can be released back into the wild.
Many primates arrive malnourished, stressed and in a state of social deprivation. To prepare them physically and mentally for the wild is often essential before they can be released. Luckily some are only recently out of the forest, and can be released relatively quickly. However, others have spent years in captivity, and/or were hunted as babies. For them, it can be many years before they are ready to be released. Every released animal is monitored by expert rangers.
Sadly some individuals can never be returned to the wild, but they are given long-term, quality care in captivity.
Please help support them on their journey
To rebuild the lives of these primates we need your help. You can sponsor an individual primate; providing money to support their care throughout the different stages of their rehabilitation (food, medical care, radio tracking equipment). One third of the money will also be used to provide support for the local community, increasing their awareness of their native primates and helping their livelihoods.
INDIVIDUALS FOR SPONSORSHIP(although if you wish you can support any one of our primates at Dao Tien)
Golden-cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae)
Kizzy (Golden-Cheeked Gibbon)
This feisty young lady was just a few months old when she arrived at Dao Tien in November 2012. She had a severe compound fracture on her right arm, probably caused by falling from the canopy when she was captured. She made a full recovery and is now in a semi-forested area completing her Tree Training her best friend Dong (a young male) and adult female Dao who has proved to be an excellent 'big sister' to Kizzy.
Dien (Golden-Cheeked Gibbon)
This young male arrived in April 2013, less than a year old and peppered with gun-shot pellets. He was found curled up on the floor of a small rat cage, severely malnourished. He has made a fabulous recovery, spurred on by the great relationship he has with a young female called Kalle, and is now a very confident, tough young gibbon and both are now in a semi-wild area perfecting their tree skills.
Pygmy Loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) and Bengal slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis)
Batman (Pygmy Loris)
Named after his big ears, Batman was severely malnourished when he arrived at Dao Tien in 2012. All of Batman's teeth had been ripped out by hunters before being sold as an illegal pet. This means he can never return him to the wild. This beautiful young male has however, found companionship with an orphaned younger pygmy loris named Hoai. Batman will stay with us, helping out other loris on their rehabilitation journey.
Olive (pygmy loris)
Olive was rescued in February 2015 from a local scrub forest. She was in good condition, even with a cauliflower ear and one eye. It is believed all her injuries are from wild interactions. Olive is very secretive, behaving like a true wild loris. She has been housed next to an orphaned juvenile Taite, and instantly they started sleeping close at the mesh. As Olive behaves so wild we believe she will be a great role model for Taite, ,ensuring she gets a true pygmy loris education. In August 2015 they were introduced, this was one of the most lovely introductions we have ever done. Taite was so desperate to be close to Olive, sitting next to her and after a short time they were grooming.
Taite (pygmy loris)
Taite is an orphaned young female pygmy loris estimated at four months old when rescued in March 2015. Her mother was sadly eaten as bush-meat before the forestry police brought her to Dao Tien. Little Taite has a very strong will to survive and has settled in well. She now lives with her surrogate mother Olive until mature enough for full release.
DiDi (Bengal slow loris)
Di Di was rescued in July 2015 from a South- West Province of Vietnam bordering Cambodia. She came with a collar and chain, so tightly connected to her cage she could not move. She is not yet mature but already has one cataract. Behaviourally she is very good, and our staff are helping build her up by catching small lizards for her that she loves. At the moment we are waiting for DNA results from hair samples to establish where she comes from (Vietnam or Cambodia) then we can start a plan to get her back to the forest.