Son Tra Nature Reserve:
Son Tra Nature Reserve is the last remaining coastal rainforest in Vietnam. A long time ago, Son Tra was an island consisting of 3 mountains; over time, coastal water carrying alluvial deposits formed a strip of land bridging the mainland and the island, making it a peninsula ever since.
Son Tra occupies only 0.014% of the Vietnamese territory, but counts almost 38% of the total plant family of Vietnam, and hosts 287 different animal species, including the red-shanked douc langur.
Red-shanked douc langur:
The red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus
) is classified as “Endangered” in the IUCN Red List. In the last three generations, the species has experienced a decline of more than 50% and the prediction is that the population will continue to decline, at perhaps a greater pace. The habitat loss is a significant threat for the red-shanked douc, with large tracts of forest habitat lost due to extensive agricultural activities and infrastructure development, as well as significant portions of forest degraded during wartime. Hunting is also a serious threat for the survival of this species, since red-shanked douc are hunted by locals for subsistence, traditional medicine and for the illegal exotic pet trade.