Last week, Vietnamese news on Phapluattp.vn reported that a teacher in a remote part of Vietnam’s Central Highlands had encountered a group of poachers on their way to sell a grey-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix cinerea). After explaining that poaching was illegal, he managed to convince them to hand over the animal so that it could be released to the natural environment. To raise awareness of wildlife protection in his local community, he also hung up a banner in front of his house stating that the poaching and selling of wildlife attracts serious punishment.
The teacher’s actions set a great example not only to his students and neighbors, but also to Vietnamese people who live in remote areas and national park “buffer zones”. We love hearing about locals doing the right thing and encouraging others to do the same!
The extremely rare grey-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix cinerea) is one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates and is only found in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Less than 1,000 grey-shanked doucs now remain in the wild. The species is classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix I of CITES and Group IB of Vietnamese Decree 32/2006/ND-CP.
Photo courtesy of T.QUỐC