Endangered douc carcasses found in Vietnam forest

By Lam Vien, Thanh Nien News

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An intact dried carcass of the black-shanked douc langurs seized from a tent in a Lam Dong forest. Photo: Lam Vien An intact dried carcass of the black-shanked douc langurs seized from a tent in a Lam Dong forest. Photo: Lam Vien

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Forest officers in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong Wednesday found the carcasses of five endangered douc langurs in a forest but no poachers inside.
They were patrolling the forest in the contiguous zone between Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces when they found the dried carcasses in a makeshift tent belonging to a 58-year-old Lam Dong resident.
Two of the five carcasses were intact while the remaining had been butchered into 10 sets of arms and legs, bones, flesh, organs and skins.
The officers also found a hand-made gun, bullets and power saws in the tent.
They think poachers hunted the douc langurs in the forest in Binh Thuan Province’s Tuy Phong District and brought them to the tent to hide.
The Lam Dong police have been asked to investigate.
The black-shanked douc (Pygathrix nigripes) is an endangered species of monkey found in the forests of Vietnam and Cambodia. This species is unique among the doucs in having a largely greyish-blue face.
 

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