Protecting Red-Shanked Douc Langur (Da Nang Community Actions)

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Red-shanked douc, Son Tra Peninsula - Trung Quang

April 24, 2016, advertising panels at 5 bus stops start displaying the image of the Red-shanked douc langur, as considered the icon of biodiversity of Da Nang city, in order to call for protecting the species.

The Red-shanked douc langur in Son Tra has been considered and promoted as the icon of biodiversity by Da Nang people. Especially after the case that the douc’s home in Son Tra peninsula has signed of being destroyed after Tet Holiday, Da Nang citizens have paied more attention in this species and its role in the development of the city. Up till now, there have been more organizations, enterprises and individuals raised their voice in protecting the Red-shanked douc langur in Da Nang city.

Red-shanked douc, Son Tra Peninsula - Trung Quang
Red-shanked douc, Son Tra Peninsula – Trung Quang

Aiming to celebrate the World Biodiversity Day, on April 24, 2016, they start displaying the Red-shanked douc’s images at firstly 5 bus stops at crowded places with an attractive message “Together we can save the Red-shanked douc”.  These panels will develop to other bus stops next weeks.

Red-shanked douc’s information board at bus stop in Da Nang City

With the information in the panel, Da Nang people can reach to interesting facts about the Red-shanked douc langur in Son Tra peninsula such as “The Red-shanked douc langur was recognized as the queen of primates with 5 colors on their body. In 2016, scientists agreed to raise up the conservation level of this species from Endangered (EN) to Critical endangered (CR) in IUCN Red List and need to be protected strictly. In Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang, there are about 300 individuals of this species left, with some interesting facts: Live in family with a unit of 5-7 individuals and only one adult male in each family; They belong to the leaf-monkey group with main food ingredient is young leave (80-90%) and flower, young fruit and bark.”

Le Thi Trang, Vice Director of GreenViet, said: “After 3 years implementing raising awareness programs of local community about saving the Red-shanked douc langur in Son Tra Peninsula, GreenViet believed that it is the time for Da Nang people to take actions to protect their natural resources“.

Red-shanked douc, Son Tra Peninsula - Trung Quang
Red-shanked douc, Son Tra Peninsula – Trung Quang

Da Nang City is leading to the International Biodiversity Day with range of meaningful activities, which contribute to promote the Red-shanked douc langur soonly become the icon of biodiversity of Da Nang City.

(Source: www.greenviet.org)

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