The number of snub-nosed monkeys, an endangered species, in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang has grown to over 100, said Hoang Van Tue, head of the management board of the Khau Ca Species and Habitat Conservation Centre.
He added that Ha Giang has the largest population of snub-nosed monkeys anywhere in the world.
Statistics released by Fauna and Flora International (FFI) show that in 2002, there were only 250 such monkeys left in the world, of which 60 were living in Khau Ca Forest.
The Khau Ca snub-nosed monkey conservation centre was established in 2008, covering Tung Ba, Yen Dinh and Minh Son communes in Vi Xuyen and Bac Me districts.
With support from FFI and other international organizations as well as the provincial authorities and local people, the centre set up a community-based forest protection and conservation area, which enables it to protect the snub-nosed monkey population and monitor their development.
The shy and mysterious snub-nosed monkey is one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world. VNA