Conserving Primates in Cuc Phuong
When it comes to wildlife conservation, Vietnam is trying to raise awareness about the illegal trade in wildlife that poses a major threat to the survival of many endangered species. Various organizations are very conscious of the need to take care and protect these unique and at risk rare animals. Such is the case of the Endangered Primate Research Center located in Cuc Phuong National Park, about 90 kilometers south of Hanoi. It is one of the projects supported by our charity Khiri Reach that among others supports animal welfare. The center is home for 150 individuals of 15 primate species and sub-species in which six species exist nowhere else in captivity.
Besides its rescue duties, the primate rescue center has also led important activities including a program to release captive animals back into the wild achieving success measured by the animal’s ability to search for food and readapt to the environment. An easy day trip from Hanoi, the park can organize night trips into the forest. These special tours offer opportunities to see the more elusive mammal species such as the Black Giant Squirrel, the Indian Flying Squirrel, Samba Deer, Loris and several small carnivores.
Cuc Phuong National Park is also home to beautiful tropical birds, many of them endemic to Vietnam and Indochina. Some of the 308 species of rare birds that visitors might encounter are the Silver Pheasant, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill, and Bar-bellied Pitta. Cuc Phuong is becoming a must-see destination for scientists, birdwatchers and for those travelers looking for a closer experience with the natural world.
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