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Baby Delacour's Langur, Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cúc Phương National Park

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Baby Delacour's Langur, Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cúc Phương National Park
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CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (IUCN Red List of Threatened Species). The Delacour's langur is is considered to be one of the world's most endangered primate species. In previous decades, Delacour's langurs were reported to live in troops of up to thirty individuals, but in more recent years, the typical group size seems to be much smaller, with only about four to sixteen members each.

The population of Delacour's langurs has declined rapidly in recent years. As of 2006, only nineteen populations were known, following a dramatic decline in the total population of around 20% between 1999 and 2004. Since that time, two of the populations have been extirpated, and only that in the Van Long Nature Reserve may still be large enough to remain viable.

The primary threat to the species is hunting for traditional medicine, with loss of forest habitat and the local development of tourism also being a potential risk. As of 2008, less than 250 animals were believed to remain in the wild, with nineteen in captivity.


The Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and conservation of endangered primates, and to the protection of their habitats.

The overall goal of the EPRC is the establishment of stable populations of highly endangered primate species in captivity as a source for reintroduction programs.

The EPRC is home to about 150 primates in 15 taxa (species and subspecies), - many of which are critically endangered - including six species which are kept only at the EPRC and in no other facility in the world.

All of the animals at the EPRC, except for those bred in captivity, are victims of poaching and the illegal animal trade. Nine primate species have bred at the center and a total of more than 100 infants have been born, some of them being the first ever of their species to be born in captivity.

The primates are kept in more than 50 large enclosures and in two electrically fenced semi-wild areas of primary forest which are 2 ha and 5 ha. These semi-wild enclosures are the first steps towards its ambitious goal of reintroducing the primates to their natural habitat Langurs and gibbons have been released into these areas and have been successfully maintained there for several years. The center employs 20 Vietnamese people as animal keepers.

To support the reintroduction of highly endangered species, the EPRC also works to preserve and protect their natural habitats. They have worked closely with the Management Board of Van Long Nature Reserve, located close by, to successfully prepare the reserve for the successful reintroduction of the Delacour’s langur. Other successful reintroduction programs have taken place or are planned.


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