Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project
November 17, 2020
Golden-headed langur or Cat Ba Langur, belongs to the subfamily of the leaf-eating monkeys, which exists only on Cat Ba Island of Vietnam. This subspecies is probably the most endangered species of the Asian colobines and has the smallest distribution among the langur species. Cat Ba langurs are classified as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List and listed as the world’s 25 most endangered primates from 2000 to 2012. Poaching for traditional medicine and bush meat has been the main cause leading to small, isolated subpopulations and low population numbers. As a result of hunting, langur population was dramatically declined from approximately 2,400 – 2,700 in the 1960s to only 52 - 54 individuals in 2001, and most of the groups are already in reproductive isolation with no opportunity to exchange group members.