Conservation of Primates in Indochina

Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam
November 26-30, 2008

The Frankfurt Zoological Society and Conservation International are pleased to announce a symposium, "Conservation of Primates in Indochina," to be held November 26-30, 2008 in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam.

Five years ago, Vietnamese and foreign scientists gathered in Cuc Phuong National Park to discuss current research on, knowledge of, and conservation issues facing the primates of Vietnam. Conservation of Primates in Vietnam, an edited volume of the symposium's lectures, was published in 2004.

In the years since, research has flourished on the genetics, behavior, ecology, taxonomy, and conservation of Vietnam's primates. In addition, primatological studies from neighboring countries have deepened our knowledge about other closely related and closely situated Asian primates, particularly the leaf monkeys of southern China.

Vietnam has four endemic primate species, yet several related primates have distributions that, while restricted in range, extend across political boundaries. Vietnamese primates share habitat types and conservation threats with the primates of eastern Laos, Cambodia, and southern China. Consequently, it is most fitting that this year's symposium prominently features the broader region of Indochina.

The fee for participants is US$100 (for foreigners) or 800,000 VND (for Vietnamese), which includes:

• Accommodation in Cuc Phuong National Park (4 nights)
• Meals during the symposium (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners)
• Transportation between Hanoi and Cuc Phuong National Park (by bus)
• A visit to Van Long Nature Reserve (transport by bus and boat)

This is a serendipitous year in which to meet, as 2008 marks the 15th anniversary of the Endangered Primate Rescue Center in Cuc Phuong National Park and the 150th anniversary of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Please submit abstracts and questions to:

Ben Rawson
Conservation International
b.rawson {at}

Tilo Nadler
Frankfurt Zoological Society
Endangered Primate Rescue Center
t.nadler {at}

For more information on the primates of Vietnam, please see our Focus on Vietnam section. For more about the Endangered Primate Rescue Center and Cuc Phuong National Park, please visit the EPRC website.