Cat Ba Langur

Cat Ba is a large forested limestone island in Ha Long Bay. It's about 20km by boat from Haiphong. It's got a population of about 15,000, mostly living in Cat Ba town. It's also home to one of the very beautiful primates from the world, the Cat Ba Langur.

How Cat Ba Langur is special?

Nevertheless, the langurs are also set to become known internationally for one more reason. If a miracle happens soon, they'll be the initial big species to become extinct! Is there a crisis? . A century of incessant warfare and hunger has resulted in the depletion of wildlife for food and abandoned many of Vietnam species fighting for survival. Some of that are dangerously close to disappearing forever.

Among the most endangered, Vietnam's few surviving. Cat Ba Langurs are the last of their type in the world, except for two orphans at a rescue center elsewhere. There is only 69 langurs stay deep in the forest, with only six males. Even though the densely wooded area is a protected National Park, an acute lack of funds leaves the langurs susceptible poachers, hunters and encroachments on their habitat through development on the island.

What's being done?

Currently, there isn't much standing between the langurs and oblivion. Nevertheless, Zoological Society for Conservation of Species and Populations and Cat Ba Langur Project led by Rosi Stenke from Munich in Germany, are making strenuous efforts to reverse their downward slide. Rosi came to Cat Ba in 2000 and has dedicated herself to rescuing the langurs. Undaunted by the absence of resources and circumstances at the time, and working almost single handed, she's been notable successful. At the 9 months before her arrival, poachers murdered 30 langurs. Since that time, only 3 have fallen prey of hunters firearms. Thanks to a $60, 000 donation from the US, some of the island's most issues are being addressed.

Efficient waste disposal measures are being put in place, a fresh water supply facility is under construction, and efforts to improve the living conditions of farmers and also makes them less reliant on forest products are being executed. These long term activities are vital to ensure the island's outstanding bio diversity. Nonetheless, in the brief term the langurs grip on their lifeline is dangerously fragile. The population has been stabilized. But in a low level that is dangerously - poachers can easily change the balance at any time. Rosi has recruited a bunch of farmers from among the local population and trained them to become Forest Rangers.

They're committed to protecting the six communities of langurs scattered throughout the forests and small offshore islands and are successfully keeping the poachers atLan Ha bay.

What help is needed for Cat Ba langur?

Sadly, there are inadequate capital to undertake a breeding program to strengthen the survival prospects of the six groups of langurs. Breeding programmes usually involve catching animals, breeding offspring and releasing them into the wild. The small Cat Ba langur colonies are divided by agricultural pursuits purchase and reimbursement is necessary bands purchase and reimbursement also necessary.

To enable the different purchase and reimbursement is necessary from human action purchase and reimbursement is necessary property to its natural state. Since purchase and reimbursement is necessary income source of many poor farmers, property purchase and compensation is necessary. Where breeding males are trapped on islands, they should be recorded. This requires equipment and expertise.

Among a rich number of fauna species in Cat Ba National Park. But the langur is the most interesting. They are in small quantity so we will need protecting. trekking tour in Cat Ba National Park is not easy for you to see them. But if you are lucky enough you can see it sometimes. Also We all need to have awareness of preserving this species to partly protect the important nature diversity of Vietnam.

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