Kien Giang, 26th July 2012 – Wildlife At Risk (WAR) has received one individual of Indochinese Slivered Langur (Trachypithecus villosus) for first time, from Kien Giang Forest Protection Department (FPD). The langur is about six month old and weighed 1kg. Previously, the FPD of Kien Luong District, Kien Giang Province confiscated this animal from a local people who hunted it in the forest. Currently, the langur is receiving proper cares and rehabilitation at Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station for possible release back to the wild.
Indochinese Slivered Langur is listed in the Vietnam Red Book as Vulnerable species (VU) and protected under Vietnamese Law. Since 1975, the population of this species has been reduced steadily due to habitat lost and illegal hunting for pet, medicine and meat. In Kien Giang province, limestone ecosystem that is home to the Indochinese Silvered Langur is being exploited for cement and other building material productions. The langur has nowhere to live and will soon face the extinction, if no effective conservation method is applied.
According to Mr. Dương Duy Cuong – Veterinarian at Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station “We are very glad that this baby Langur was rescued just one day before the inauguration ceremony of Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station. We hope that there will be no illegal hunting in the future so that wildlife doesn’t have to face the extinction.”