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All Rhinopithecus species are among the most highly endangerd species known. They are also listed in the 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. Douc Langurs Pygathrix nemaeus are in Appendix I of the CITES convention on trade of endangerd flora and fauna. Douc langurs are also listed as endangered in the 1996 IUCN Red List of threatened animals and in Vietnam's Red Book. Yet this species is still hunted.
Dr Lois Lippold and Vu Ngoc Thanh found these skins on sale in a shop in Pleiku during a recent field trip. Lois Lippold has worked for many years to conserve this beautiful animal. Please visit her Douc Langur Website.
Location: Pleiku, Gia Lai Province
|This photo appeared in the Communist Party newspaper Lao Dong (5 September 1996). It shows a sports presentation ceremony in Ban Ba Thuot, Dak Lak Province in Vietnam's Central Highlands. The trophy is the skull of a muntjak Muntiacus muntjak. Seeing this, I recalled that I was also given a muntjak skullcap in 1992, while visiting Quang Binh. I tried to find out if there is some Vietnamese tradition for this kind of trophy giving. Mr Vu Ngoc Thanh told me, "No. It is a NEW tradition."|
Snakes are often used as a medicinal treatment. The snakes are
placed in strong wine which is then drunk. Quite a few animals are
similarly placed in wine. I recently visited the house of a friend who
is a doctor. He had a large bottle with wine, snakes and even a sea horse.
Some doctors say these traditional medicines seem to work. Perhaps
they do. But one would hope that such medicines do not deplete wildlife
This photo was sent to me by Helene Stenersen from Norway who visited Ho Chi Minh City earlier this year. Helene said that, during her visit, she was offered fresh bat's blood. That is an uncommon cuisine in Vietnam and it suggests that restauranteurs are hoping to draw in customers with ever more exotic wild foods. This is a distrurbing trend.
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
This photo from Rick Smolan's excellent book and CD-ROM
"Passage to Vietnam"
shows geckos on sale at a market. The common gecko Gecko gecko is
listed in Vietnam's Red Book of endangered species. The caption says that
geckos are sold by the kilogram, cooked in batter.
Location: Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan Province
This photo from Rick Smolan's book and CD-ROM
"Passage to Vietnam"
shows dried sea horses on sale at a market in Nha Trang. Sea
horses are seen as a medicine to increase sexual potency. However,
several Sygnathidae, the Family which includes sea horses,
are listed in Vietnam's Red Book of endangered species.
Location: Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Prepared by Vern Weitzel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Australia Vietnam Science-Technology Link