As many as 21 animals and one plant in the southern province of Kien Giang have been classified as endangered species that need to be better protected, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The threatened species include the hopea pierrei in Phu Quoc District, flying lemur, white-cheeked douc langur, European otter, sirenia, great hornbill, king cobra, yellow-cheeked gibbon, sun bear and Asian black bear in Hon Dat District, among many others.
The province needs to set up scientific research and preservation programmes with the involvement of State and local authorities, aiming to manage and protect endangered species while conserving biodiversity, said department deputy director Quang Trong Thao.
The provincial authorities also detected some species belonging to primates, testudines and squamata and recommended them be added to the list of rare animals that need prioritised protection. That list comprises the crab-eating macaque in Hon Dat and Phu Quoc districts, macaca nemestrina, Mekong snail-eating turtle, yellow-headed temple turtle, Bengal monitor in Hon Dat District and Indochina silver langur in Kien Luong District.
Viet Nam’s first safari zoo, featuring more than 150 rare and endangered species, opened late last year on Phu Quoc Island.
The zoo’s unique natural environment is also home to 200 flamingoes, 100 rhinos and 60 giraffes. It is the only place in Vietnam breeding large numbers of wildlife herds.