Focus on Vietnam
The primates of Vietnam are one of the top global priorities for primate conservation. Five species have been consistently included on the list of the Top 25 Most Endangered Primates, and a recent Red List workshop highlighted the worsening situation for much of Vietnam's primate fauna. Of the 25 species and subspecies of primates recognized in Vietnam, seven are Critically Endangered, nine are Endangered and six are Vulnerable. In all, nearly 90% of Vietnamese primate taxa are threatened according to Red List criteria — a crisis by any standards.
In this section, we focus on the primates of Vietnam — the threats they face, the actions underway, and the discoveries being made that give fresh hope.
Symposium Abstracts: Conservation of Primates in Indochina
The Frankfurt Zoological Society and Conservation International have published the abstracts from the recent symposium on Indochinese primates, convened last November in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam.
Call for Papers: Conservation of Primates in Indochina
The Frankfurt Zoological Society and Conservation International are generously hosting a symposium, "Conservation of Primates in Indochina," to be held November 26-30, 2008 in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam.
Primate Fauna of Vietnam
Some of the world's rarest and most beautiful primates are found in Vietnam — and, as this taxonomic summary demonstrates, virtually all of them are threatened with extinction.
Significant New Population of Pygathrix cinerea
The discovery of a new population of Pygathrix cinerea highlights the issues and challenges of primate conservation in Vietnam. A joint team of scientists and conservationists from WWF and CI has located a population of nearly two hundred grey-shanked doucs — which may represent up to one-fifth of the entire species.
The Vietnamese Journal of Primatology
A new journal is now being published that focuses on the systematics, biology and conservation of the severely endangered primates of Vietnam.
Primate Conservation Training Course in Vietnam
A needs assessment conducted by Conservation International (CI) in 2005 determined that Vietnam had only a handful of individuals with suitable training in primatology, and an insufficient amount of reference material available to guide conservation decision-making. To help address these needs, CI is providing training and additional support to enhance primate conservation efforts throughout the country.
Action Plan for the Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey
The first Action Plan for the Critically Endangered Rhinopithecus avunculus, compiled by Dr. Le Xuan Canh and Dr. Ramesh Boonratana, presents an ambitious strategy for the conservation of one of Vietnam's rarest primates.