The Ta Dung Natural Reserve in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong has implemented a programme to monitor Cha Va Chan Den (black-shanked douc) and several species of the pheasant family as part of efforts to protect rare animals.

This programme aims to count the number of living members and study the habitat and development of these species.

From July to December last year, researchers reported 10 sightings of black-shanked douc inside the reserve with a total of 64 individuals counted. They also said adult individuals outnumbered that of the young.

Black-shanked douc (Pygathrix migripes), a primate found only in eastern Cambodia and southwestern Vietnam, is classified as Endangered in the 2007 Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature

Scientists have also seen several rare species of the pheasant family, including major groups of Ga Loi Van (Lophura nycthemera annamensis) in evergreen forests. They sighted a few Ga Tien Mat Do (Polyplectron germaini) and raised alarm over the drop in number of this species. Several individuals of Ga So Hong Trang (Arborophila brunneopectus albigula) were also spotted.

Scientists warned that illegal hunting by people living in the buffer zone poses a serious threat to these bird species.

The provincial forestry sector was urged to keep a close watch on the exploitation of forestry resources of local people. More communication activities are needed to raise their awareness of resources protection.-VNA