New species of endangered langur discovered|Richard_F|richard@cfz.org.uk|04/04/04 at 19:32:50|richard_f|xx|0|217.43.51.167|New species of endangered langur discovered

03/30/2004

Ha Noi, Mar. 30 (VNA) - About 50 endangered langurs have been discovered in the Pu Luong Natural Reserve in Thanh Hoa province.


Experts from the Fauna and Flora International (FFI) said the endangered langurs live in 10 groups in the Pu Luong limestone range.



The FFI experts also found rare animals in need of special care and protection, such as leopards, white pheasants and cats, in the natural reserve.--


http://www.vnagency.com.vn/NewsA.asp?LANGUAGE_ID=2&CATEGORY_ID=32&NEWS_ID=92704
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[Note -- FFI website, http://www.fauna-flora.org/, does not have an up to date press release section, so I don't know for certain if this is a new species or just a new population of a known endangered langur.]

|| Re: New species of endangered langur discovered|Richard_F|richard@cfz.org.uk|04/23/04 at 00:06:56|Richard_F|xx|0|217.43.51.176|New Populations of a Critically Endangered Primate (Delacour's Langur) Confirmed in Pu Luong NR, Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam

From Fauna & Flora International, Vietnam Programme
Saturday, April 17, 2004

Scientists from a group comprising conservation NGOs and Vietnamese national authorities today confirmed the existence of several new groups of Delacour's Langur, a critically endangered primate species, at Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc Districts in north-west Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. The discovery comes at a crucial juncture for the langur, which is endemic to Northern Vietnam and considered one of the world's top 25 most endangered primate species. The discovery was made during a joint study conducted by the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) managed by Frankfurt Zoological Society, and the Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong Conservation Project, managed by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Vietnam Forest Protection Department.

Delacour's Langur, popularly named 'Vooc Mong Trang' in Vietnamese ('the langur with white rump') on account of the white colour of its lower body and upper legs, occurs only in a belt of limestone karst mountains that stretch across northern Vietnam. This area, known as the Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong limestone range, represents the last refuge for the species whose populations are estimated to have declined by over 50% in the last ten years alone.

The population of Delacour's Langur in the wild is believed to have dwindled to a mere 300 animals. Only two of the known sub-populations comprise as many as 30-35 animals. One exists in Van Long Provincial Nature Reserve, located in Gia Vien District in Ninh Binh Province. The second has been confirmed in Pu Luong Provincial Nature Reserve by the newly reported sightings in the wild.

Tilo Nadler, Director of the EPRC, which was founded ten years ago specifically to promote efforts to conserve the Delacour's Langur, believes the latest sightings offer additional hope for the survival of the species. However, he notes that much remains to be done to prevent extinction of the langur in the wild. 'Over half of all populations of the langurs are severely threatened by hunting, which represents the greatest short term threat to the primate. Additionally, habitat loss and further fragmentation of the remaining populations makes them extremely vulnerable to extinction'.

Programmes to strengthen law enforcement and educate the local people are urgently required. Stricter enforcement of existing anti-hunting and forest protection laws, and prosecution of offenders, is a necessity. Measures to control firearms and the rampant trade in wildlife for meat and medicine will be especially necessary for the success of efforts to conserve the species.

The Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong Conservation Project (see notes for Editors) is working to support the efforts of the Forest Protection Department and their locally based rangers, who at present lack the capacity to effectively protect all the sub-populations. The project also aims to raise local awareness of the species' plight, as its survival will depend heavily on gaining the support of all local and national authorities as well as local communities.

Notes for Editors

For further information contact:

Hoang Lan Huong,
Communications Officer
Fauna & Flora International, Vietnam Programme
# 55, To Hien Thanh, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: + 84 (0) 4 978 4470/71
Fax: + 84 (0) 4 978 4440
Email: huong.lan.hoang@ffi.org.vn or vietnam@ffi.org.vn
Web: www.fauna-flora.org

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