Student found carrying carcasses of rare monkeys in central Vietnam

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Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak Friday placed a university student under investigation for allegedly transporting rare doucs for sale, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

On November 22, following a tip off from unidentified locals, the park rangers found Hoang Cong Dung, 24, carrying a sack of 14 dried carcasses of black-shanked doucs (Pygathrix nigripes) and a monkey, said Loc Xuan Nghia, vice director of Chu Yang Sin National Park.

Dung, who is studying at a college in Ho Chi Minh City, told police that he bought the carcasses from some locals in Dak Nue Commune for selling, the newspaper reported.

The case is being investigated.

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Native to forests of Vietnam and Cambodia, black-shanked doucs are listed as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

In Vietnam, it is categorized as 1B group under Vietnam's Red List, meaning that anyone who hunts and trades in the species faces criminal charges.

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