PANO - White-naped langurs, also called Trachypithecus Hatinhensis, are listed in 1B, the critically endangered category in Vietnam’s Red Book and IUCN Red List.

More than 10 years ago, there were only a few dozens of white-naped langurs living in the deep forests of Tuyen Hoa district (Quang Binh province); however, they were always at risk of being hunted. Once in the forest, veteran Lt. Col. Nguyen Thanh Tu, born in 1962 in Thiet Son village, Thach Hoa commune, accidentally met a herd of white-naped langurs. Since then, Lt. Col. Tu has gone to each hunter and local’s house in the area to encourage them to protect white-naped langurs, which are on the verge of extinction. His deed has helped increase the number of langurs to more than 200, contributing to protecting this rare wild animal.

Translated by Quynh Oanh