Thursday, March 03, 2005
Rare monkey suffers as protection is withdrawn
The fate of the critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkey just got more desperate. With little notice and less explanation, two German conservation organizations have decided to stop funding anti-poaching patrols at two locations that are home to half the world's remaining population of between 100 and 300 individuals.
The monkey, Rhinopithecus avunculus, is one of the world's 10 most critically endangered primates. It is protected at two locations in northern Vietnam - Na Hang nature reserve and a proposed reserve called Cham Chu - by 30 wardens paid for by Münster Zoo and the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations in Munich.
But with just one month's notice the organizations have pulled the funding, and money scraped together by Vietnamese local authorities to pay for the patrols will run out this month. A spokeswoman for Jörg Adler, the director of Münster Zoo, says, "The lack of interest and cooperation of local authorities gave conservation efforts in this region no reasonable chance."
Posted by C. at 11:54 AM