The forest ranger department in the central province of Quang Nam has been assigned to strictly protect 30ha of remaining natural forests in Nui Thanh district’s Tam My Tay commune and crackdown on illegal poaching to save the endangered gray-shanked douc langur.

 There are about 50 langurs living in the area. The animal is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNC) Red List as one of the world’s 25 Most Critically Endangered primates, and only found living in Vietnam.

Local authorities have also requested relevant agencies to complete a conservation project targeting the endemic species. According to the project, between now and 2028, the province is set to spend 134 billion VND (5.78 million USD) on the work. The funding is sourced from the local budget and donations of travel agencies and international organisations.

Apart from guarding the remaining 30ha of natural forests across Hon Do, Hon Ong, Duong Bong, Duong Ban Lau mountains, by 2028, Quang Nam will change at least 150ha of production forests into specialised ones to expand the langur’s habitat./.