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Vietnam Da Nang Red-shanked doucs

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Locally known as the Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain is a breath-taking national park in Da Nang that stands 693 metres above sea level, one of the last places in Vietnam where red-shanked doucs survive in large numbers

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Vietnam Da Nang Red-shanked doucs

  1. 1. Doucs are native to Southeast Asia. With their five-colour coats, they stand out from the great family of primates around the world. And so, they are dubbed the "queen of primates".
  2. 2. One of the most beautiful primates, red-shanked douc langurs are also referred to as "costumed apes" for their magnificent colors. The current population of doucs at Son Tra numbers about 1,300 and zoologists say they have the most beautiful colours of their species.
  3. 3. Females usually give birth to only one child at a time between February and June, when fruits are plentiful. It was observed that an infant can help deliver itself by pulling on the mother's fur once its arms are free
  4. 4. With time, the colours of a douc transform and become complete. Doucs under eight months have a blackish-blue face, pale chestnut body, gray tail, and black arms and feet. As a young adult from eight months to three years, doucs gradually adopt their five- colour coat: pink face, black head, hands and feet, gray body, white arms and tail. Most outstanding is their reddish-brown legs from the knee to the foot
  5. 5. Red-shanked doucs live in groups. The smallest unit is a family with a male, a female, and a few infants. A male living with many females can have up to twenty members
  6. 6. Each group has its own territory and does not enter that of its neighbours Each family has a male leader. He guards the other members as they eat and play, and alerts them when danger is near. He also helps his mate to rear their children
  7. 7. Other groups comprise several small families with blood relations
  8. 8. Each group has its own territory and does not enter that of its neighbours
  9. 9. Red-shanked doucs eat almost constantly, though they are not a gluttonous species. On the contrary, they are quite fussy about what they eat.
  10. 10. Among the more than 1,000 species of plants at Son Tra, only about 150 species are consumed by doucs
  11. 11. Millettia purple
  12. 12. Millettia purple
  13. 13. According to zoologists, their diet comprises 88 percent leaves, 10 percent fruits and seeds, 1.5 percent flowers, and less than 1 percent bark/pith
  14. 14. Growing up to around 60 centimeters in body length, the red-shanked douc langur has a tail that can be the same length as its body
  15. 15. Dalbergia tonkinensis (Fabaceae) is one of the most valuable rosewood furniture species in the world
  16. 16. This unique animal moves around on the canopies of trees, and almost never descend to the ground
  17. 17. Though their potbellies would suggest clumsiness, the red-shanked douc langur can jump very gracefully from branch to branch. The baby clings to its mother from the minute it is born. Infants are typically carried on the mother's belly
  18. 18. At institutes in Vietnam and around the world, many scientific works and papers are dedicated to researching red-shanked doucs at Son Tra. In addition to the IUCN and the Douc Langur Foundation (USA), there is the NGO GreenViet based in Da Nang. Since 2012, GreenViet has led a movement to protect this rare primate species.
  19. 19. Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain is a breath-taking national park in Da Nang that stands 693 metres above sea level. Locally known as the Son Tra Peninsula, the verdant mountain is also surrounded by pristine beaches such as Bai Bac, Bai Nam, Bai But, and Tien Sa Beach.
  20. 20. Sun World Ba Na Hills Resorts The Ban Co Peak (Chess Board Peak)
  21. 21. Legend has it that there were two deities sitting and playing chess on the Son Tra Mountain for many consecutive days but they were still inconclusive. Then one day, one of them lost the game because of being distracted by fairies who flew down the beach to take a bath. Out of control, he kicked the chess board into the sea and came back to Heaven
  22. 22. Therefore, local people had carved a large chess board on the rock and built the statue of a deity named De Thich who sits alone in front of the chess board, thinking carefully about his next moves
  23. 23. The name of the mountain peak ‘Ban Co’ also came from that legend, and the beach where the fairies took a bath was named Tien Sa, now has become the most beautiful beach in Vietnam
  24. 24. 2021 Sound Son Nam Sen · Le Hieu color of love (Sao Truc - Vietnamese bamboo flute) Text and pictures: Internet All copyrights belong to their respective owners Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda http://ma-planete.com/michaelasanda
  25. 25. With an area of more than 4,400 hectares, Son Tra is able to regenerate enough oxygen for 4 million people every day, and is a storage of fresh water for the city and the entire underground water system in Da Nang and Hoi An. With its strategic position, Son Tra and Hai Van are natural shields, reducing the damage from the storms that annually threaten this central region