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Action Plan for the Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey

Endemic to Viet Nam, the critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkey is currently known to occur in four isolated locations in the northern part of the country. It has been assessed as one of Viet Nam’s highest-priority primate taxa, deserving immediate conservation action, and is listed on The World's Top 25 Most Endangered Primates.

Since its rediscovery in the early 1990s, there have been several efforts to conserve the species and to protect its habitats. However, its dwindling populations have given rise to serious concerns for the long-term viability of this species. Thus, an initiative led by Viet Nam’s Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources (IEBR), with technical input from the South East Asian Primatological Association (SEAPA) and financial support from Primate Conservation, Inc. (PCI), has resulted in A Conservation Action Plan for the Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey in Viet Nam.

This Action Plan is expected to become a vital conservation tool, providing the relevant governmental agencies with a comprehensive and well-planned strategy for implementing essential field activities, as well as offering donor agencies and non-governmental organizations a coordinated, nationally-endorsed program to invest in. This Action Plan has been compiled by Dr. Le Xuan Canh and Dr. Ramesh Boonratana, based on information gathered through a series of stakeholder consultations in the second quarter of 2005, and during a stakeholder workshop held in Tuyen Quang Provincial Capital in July 2005. Dr. Le Xuan Canh is the Director of IEBR; both he and Dr. Ramesh Booratana are officials of SEAPA and long-standing members of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group.

A Conservation Action Plan for the Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey in Viet Nam (0.61 MB)