An endangered primate (known scientifically as Delacour’s lutung) was returned to the Hoa Lu – Van Long special-use forest in northern Ninh Binh province.

It was released by residents in neighbouring Ha Nam province’s Kim Bang district on April 7, the local authorities announced.

The langur was discovered in Thanh Son commune the same day. The animal had a radio collar fitted, however the authorities had lost its signal after the primate was released.

According to Nguyen Thi Thu Hien, coordinator of the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre at Cuc Phuong National Park, the animal was being raised in a wetland area for a pilot programme with the forest.

The Delacour’s lutung (Trachypithecus delacouri) is a critically endangered species of lutung native to Vietnam. It is considered to be one of the world’s most endangered primate species.-VNA