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    The Cat Ba Langurs in Cat Ba Island

    The Cat Ba langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus poliocephalus), which is one of the most endangered primates in the world is also part of that incredible biodiversity,

    Cat Ba langurs are one of many species of langur, whose life is closely stick with limestone areas. It means that their dwelling place contains mainly limestone covered karst forests. They usually sleep in caves during the long year to save them from disagreeable weather conditions. A crowd of langurs may even use twelve diverse caves as a site to take a rest. It is common that they spend only one or two nights in the same cave before driving to other feeding and sleeping areas.

    The Cat Ba Langurs in Cat Ba Island 1

    If you have never heard of the Cat Ba langur, do not be surprised. It is popular with few people. Fewer still get a great opportunity to see these difficult to find, black-furred monkeys, which are unambiguously adapted to the rocky landscape and spend much of their time getting far away from the battering rains in limestone caves.

    However, that does not mean that you have few chances to find them. The species was driven to the edge of extinction 20 years ago because of the impetuous poaching for local medicine and from “sport” hunting by travelers exploring the island. It was not easy to preserve the langur. The first thing to do was to prevent them from being hunted, which is the main reason removing a few langurs from the ever-shrinking population every year. There is only one organization responsible to protect the species — started monitoring the langurs and preserving the biggest groups. They also tried their best to strengthen safeguards within Cat Ba National Park — engaging guards and promoting the capacity of staff, meeting with local people, and founding an official langur sanctuary within the protected area.

    The Cat Ba Langurs in Cat Ba Island 2

    The Cat Ba langur does not look too much extraordinary from other langurs in Vietnam — other than a few clusters of yellow along the crown, cheeks and neck. However, their behaviors stand apart. The langurs in Cat Ba Island get most of their watery substances from vegetation and handbags of trapped rainwater. The species has also originally adapted to the rough environment. They can eat a wide selection of foods, including offsets, flowers, dry bark and fresh fruit, some of which include high quantity of fiber and tannic acid and many of which carry materials that would be harmful to other species, consisting of humans. They choose the protected overhangs and caves which are averagely 42 meters (137 feet) above the level or water as their sleeping areas. Many areas where the last langurs use to live simply cannot be approachable by humans on foot.

    Among a large number of fauna species in Cat Ba Island, the langur is one of the most interesting. They are in small quantity and need protecting. We all need to have awareness of preserving this species to partly protect the nature diversity of Vietnam.
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