Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Vietnam Birdlife survey team finds rare primate

During a recent survey to prepare for the establishment of Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve in Vietnam's Quang Tri province, a team from the BirdLife in Indochina Programme and the local forest department proved how important this kind of work can be for all types of biodiversity – when they discovered a new population of globally threatened primate.

Twelve Hatinh Langurs Trachypithecus francoisi hatinhensis were discovered living on a limestone cliff in the survey area. The local Van Kieu minority people call the species 'Con Cung', which roughly translates as "black, cliff-dwelling monkey with a long tail".

The actual number of Hatinh Langurs present in the area is thought to be considerably higher than twelve, as inclement weather and a lack of time prevented more intensive searching.

Story here.

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