A new set of postage stamps entitled ‘Vietnamese Primates’ will be issued in 2014 to commemorate the 25th International Conference on Primates, to be held for the first time in Vietnam.

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Information and Communication and the Vietnam Post Corporation.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) "Red List", there are seven species of critically endangered primates in Vietnam, as well as nine endangered primate species and seven vulnerable species at risk of becoming endangered.

According to the IUCN, 90% of Vietnam's primate species live under the threat of extinction. For this reason, experts on primates and international conservation have named five species located in Vietnam to the list of the world’s 25 most endangered primates.

The stamp initiative, featuring rarely-seen primates endemic to Vietnam, aims to contribute to the conservation of the primates and other endangered wildlife.-VNA