San Diego Zoo staff members Bryan Endress and Maren Peterson are currently in Vietnam to help put together a conservation plan for critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys. They are keeping us posted on their progress. See Maren’s previous blog, Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkeys.
Yesterday was a series of meetings with the local conservation organization to discuss their proposed efforts. We had lunch – where we’re getting better at using chopsticks – and then braved the traffic to visit the University of Hanoi’s Forestry Department. They welcomed us with great kindness and excitement about potential collaborations. A number of professors gave presentations, and we toured their experimental forest. We then went to dinner and discussed conservation and research opportunities over many glasses of rice wine.
Today we woke early to leave for Ha Giang, close to the Chinese border. We will meet with local officials tomorrow and then will explore potential reforestation areas and visit areas of primary forest. We hope to see the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey. We will also talk to local residents about their forest resource use and conservation education needs. Hopefully the next time I write, we will have some pictures for you to see. We’re off to brave the traffic again!
January 1, 2009
Here is a picture of the Tung Ba commune. It’s a beautiful place. We spent time looking at the forest around the village and talked to people about what forest resources they use. We are headed to look for the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in a few minutes.
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