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Hà Tĩnh Langur, Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cúc Phương National Park
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ENDANGERED (IUCN Red List of Threatened Species)
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.
Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
Image by Anomieus
The Indian rhino is the second largest living today Nashornart. It has only one horn, which can be up to 61 cm long. The Indian Rhino is an excellent swimmer and loves wallowing in the water for hours. The Indian rhinoceros is one of the most endangered animal species on Earth, the stock is estimated to number about 2,400 animals. Both of the animals at Schönbrunn are hand-reared orphans of Nepal.
The Vienna Zoo at Schönbrunn is the oldest existing zoo in the world and was voted Europe's best zoo in 2009. Each year more than two million visitors come to see the panda baby, newborn elephants and many other rare animals.
Today the Zoo at Schönbrunn is considered one of the best and most modern zoos in the world. The animal compounds have a particularly generous and natural design. More than 500 animal species - from Siberian tigers and hippos to one-horned rhinoceroses - live here.
Endangered mountain sweet pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra jonesii)
Image by USFWS Endangered Species
Photo credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS
Southern Appalachian bogs are one of the rarest natural communities in North America and are often home to rare plant and animal species. The conservation of these habitats and the species found there is a high priority for the Service and many of our partners. This photo is a mountain sweet pitcher plant, a bog species listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.