Environmental Training in Kon Ka Kinh National Park:
Green Forest Magazine focusing on primates - 2008
As part of Education for Nature Vietnam’s National Mobile Wildlife Trade Education Progra, ENV conducted a short five day training program for participants from Kon Ka Kinh National Park and neighboring Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve focusing on raising awareness about the protection of the critically endangered grey-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus cinerea). The grey-shanked langur is a native of both aeas and endemic to the provinces in central vietnam and is threatened locally by hunting and the wildlife trade.
This training was aimed at preparing ENV’s local partners at both protected areas to integrate a primate lesson plan specfically focused on the grey-shanked douc langur’s protection. ENV has carried out similiar training focused on some of Vietnam’s critically endangered primates at Cuc Phuong National Park and Van Long Nature Reserve with Delacour’s Langurs and Pu Huong Nature Reserve in Nghe An Province focused on White-cheeked gibbons.
This project was supported by the Houston Zoo and the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation.
Van Long Nature Reserve. Home to the endangered Delacour's Langur
Vietnam is home to 25 primate species of primates and is considered one of the world’s highest priorities for primate conservation. Five species – Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri), Cat Ba langur (Trachypithecus p. poliocephalus), grey-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix cinerea), Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus), and Hainan gibbon (Nomascus nasutus) – are listed among the top 25 most endangered primate species in the world.
in 2009, The Houston Zoo partnered with Education for Nature Vietnam to secure funding for a National Mobile Wildife Trade Education Program in Vietnam focused on primate species. The Houston Zoo and Education for Nature Vietnam received a matching grant from the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation to carry out this project
Education for Nature – Vietnam was established in 2000 as Vietnam’s first non-governmental organization focused on environmental education. Its mission is to foster a greater public understanding of local, national and international environmental issues including wildlife protection, biological diversity and climate change. There is also an emphasis on increasing public participation in strategic initiatives. The organization specializes in the following five program areas: Training Environmental Educators, Developing Community Awareness, Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade, Technical Assistance to Field Programs and production of the children’s magazine Green Forest.
Check back in a few days for an update on the project.