Who are the 10 vulnerable douc families?
Most of the sightings of red-shanked douc in Son Tra are the ten families that dwell at the perimeter of the reserve, as illustrated in our graphic map below. After years of research and education activities, these families, although might deceptively appear identical to the others, are unmistakable in the eyes of GreenViet’s researchers. Why are they so special?
- These families are the most observable in Son Tra
- Thanks to their visibility, they have been an endless source of inspiration for numerous local and international photographers and film crews including the BBC and National Geographic.
- Families such as the The Models, The Wises, The Upsets are particularly well-known and widely adored by more than 3000 Danang’s people who have joined GreenViet’s I Love Son Tra Journey.
- Their beauty makes thousands of others become infatuated with them only through photos and stories on the Internet
- They stir up the curiosity and desire for learning in children who come to visit Son Tra
The road to wildlife conservation among Vietnamese community is still under-travelled. But now, the love for nature starts with red-shanked douc.
Why do they need my help?
Despite all this, these 10 families are facing an unprecedented risk: their home ranges overlap the areas where a massive development plan has been proposed to the Prime Minister. According to local experts, three main natural habitats of the doucs will be destroyed if the plan moved forward as a way for Danang city to extract economic values from Son Tra. In addition to existing risks to the red-shanked douc species in Son Tra including diseases, accidents with human, poaching, lack of local awareness, the aftermath of possible habitat loss adds a new level of threat particularly to these 10 vulnerable families.