Vietnam is home to eleven langur species, four of which are found nowhere else in the world. Most of them are critically endangered.

Langurs are hunted and used in traditional medicine, or eaten in some remote areas. They are also sold as pets and kept at resorts, hotels, businesses and private homes; however, they rarely survive because of their specialized diet. 




A red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus nemaeus) confiscated by forest rangers in Quang Nam province. This animal, voluntarily turned in by a local resident, was later transferred to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center.
Photo by Tim McCormack