The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province has received three stump-tailed macaques (Macaca arctoides) for further care and eventual rerelease into nature.

The three endangered macaques, ranging in weight from 3kg to 8kg, were found by Bo Trach and Minh Hoa district rangers. They had sustained injuries from getting caught in traps set by poachers, according to Nhan dan (The People) newspaper.

The monkeys will be kept in the park for treatment before being released back into the wild in good health, contributing to preserving biodiversity in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area.

The stump-tailed macaque, also known as the bear macaque, is listed in the group of wild animals not to be exploited, captured and used for commercial purposes, as regulated in a government decree.

Established in 2001, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is among the 238 most important ecological zones in the world.

It was recognised by the UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site on geological and geomorphologic criteria in 2003.

The park is divided into three different subdivisions, including a zone under strict protection, an area for ecological restoration and an administrative area. The core zone subject to strict protection is located in Bo Trach and Minh Hoa districts, while the buffer zone covering 220,000ha spreads out over 13 communes in three districts - Bo Trach, Minh Hoa and Quang Ninh.

It is also home to a large number of faunal and floral species, including threatened species such as tiger, Asiatic black bear, and the recently discovered sao la.-VNA