Cat Ba langur
poliocephalus poliocephalus), also known as Golden-headed langur, is
endemic to the
island of Cat Ba in Northern Vietnam. By the year 2000, poaching had reduced
this species to only 53 individuals in several isolated sub-populations
and the Cat Ba langur became listed by the IUCN, the World Conservation
Union, as one of the world’s
most endangered primate species.
Towards the end of 2000, the Zoological Society for the Conservation of
Species and Populations (ZGAP)
and Münster Zoo (Germany) formed a cooperative partnership
with Vietnamese conservation agencies, and the “Cat Ba Langur
Conservation Project” was initiated.
then, langur poaching has been brought
under control and in 2003, for the first time in decades, the
population of the Cat Ba langur increased.
The ‘Cat Ba
Langur Conservation Project’ is operated by Allwetterzoo Münster and
the Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations