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5 critically endangered langur monkeys slaughtered in Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam – Poachers in Vietnam have slaughtered five critically endangered langurs, a type of monkey killed for bushmeat and traditional medicine, state media said on Tuesday.

Forest rangers and police found the gray-tailed douc langurs dead during a regular forest patrol in Quang Ngai province.

Limited to the forests of central Vietnam, the known global population of this type of langur is less than 1,000, according to conservation group Fauna and Flora International (FFI).

Other conservation groups believe their numbers may be higher as some habitat areas have yet to be investigated.

The primate is a regular victim of the illegal wildlife trade and is wanted for bushmeat, traditional medicine and the pet trade, according to FFI. They are also threatened by deforestation.

It is listed as “critically endangered”, the highest risk category under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

In Quang Ngai, the poachers fled, leaving behind a motorcycle, bullets and silencers, the VNExpress news site said in a report.

Local authorities “are examining the case,” he added.

The gray-shanked douc langur is listed in Vietnam’s “red book” making it a criminal offense to kill one.

A baby Douc Langur hanging from its mother at the Singapore Zoo. File photo: SINGAPORE STRAITS TIMES / AFP

But law enforcement is a huge problem.

“The authorities must find those responsible,” said Ha Thang Long, director of GreenViet, which works in biodiversity conservation in central regions of Vietnam.

“If we fail to bring them to justice, this will continue to happen.”

Under Vietnamese law, poachers in such a case could face up to seven years in prison, he added.

Vietnam is home to some of the world’s most endangered species, including the giant Red River softshell turtle, the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, and the saola, a type of mountain antelope.

Wild animals are under constant threat in the country, with their body parts in great demand for both food and traditional medicine.

5 critically endangered langur monkeys slaughtered in Vietnam

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