Thanh Hoa (VNA) – A scientific project to evaluate and preserve primates in Pu Hu Nature Reserve in the northern central province of Thanh Hoa in 2019-2021 was recently approved.

The management board of the reserve area will research the current status and distribution area, gender, living conditions, food and threats to the species.

It is set to hold conferences in 53 villages and sign commitments to raise public awareness about rare primate protection.

In addition, 11 coordinating projects will be carried out to control hunting rifles in villages close to the reserve.  The board is also working to propose preservation measures and printing posters for communication work.

The number of rare primates is declining due to hunting and illegal deforestation. The project aims to enhance protection of the animals and prevent hunting activities, contributing to preserving biodiversity.

Pu Hu Nature Reserve is home to many rare animals, with up to 30 of them named in the Red Book of Vietnam and of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, including Tibetan bears, Malayan bears, gayals and Delacour’s langur.

Vietnam’s primates are mainly found in Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang and Thanh Hoa provinces, with many animals listed in the red book.-VNA