Primate Rescue Center (Vietnam)

Cuc Phuong Nationaal Park, Vietnam

What does this project involve?

The Primate Rescue Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park southwest of Hanoi is working on the conservation of endangered primate species and the protection of their habitat. They do this by forming stable populations in captivity and later returning them to the wild. It is home to more than 140 primates, including six endemic species. In recent years, hundreds of primates, langurs and gibbons have been rescued and released back into the wild. There is also a breeding program to maintain the populations of the endangered species. The centre is split into two parts. In the first, the animals are collected, fed and examined for diseases. In the other part, the animals are 'under control', as they prepare for a life back in their natural surroundings. Lastly, there is a separate shelter for the babies.

Where do the donations go to?

In 2011 we adopted two monkeys (langurs) and named them "Loem" (for Koning Aap) and "Pia" (for Shoestring). Up until 2015, our donations paid for food and drink for Loem and Pia and for the restoration of the terrain on which they live. In 2016, we received the bad news that Pia had fallen ill and died shortly thereafter. Following this sad event, our donation went to Nhat. Nhat was still a baby when to our horror, he died too. Work is going on to try to figure out which disease is to blame, in order to prevent other baby langurs suffering the same fate.

From 2018, Shoestring sponsor a new langur called Clara. She is four months old. Clara is growing fast and is increasingly looking like a mini douc langur. She still drinks from her mother, but from time to time, she also eats many leaves. The Rescue Centre is located in an area that is colder than where Clara and her family come from, which is why they are in an indoor area during the winter months.


CLARA - Red-shanked douc langur

NB: the Red-shanked douc langur is one of the most beautiful monkeys in the world, but also one of the most endangered monkey species!



Loem meanwhile, lives half in nature, and half 'under control' in the centre. She learns to adapt to her natural setting very well, where she belongs. In addition, in 2016, she had a baby!

In 2017 Fritz, the male from the group of Loem and her family, died. No male is added to the group yet because it is not uncommon for Delacour’s males to kill the young of the old group leaders. The 3 youngsters in the group first have to mature. Loem is currently enjoying the 'half wild' together with her mother, sister and the little ones.


LOEM – Delacour’s Langur

YourWay2GO now also has it’s own gibbon! His name is Lucky, he was 7 years old when we adopted him and saved him from imprisonment in Hanoi 3 years ago.

Lucky is really changing into a typical male, Northern White-cheeked gibbon. It is impossible to take a good photo of him because he is so active. He is used to people because he grew up in captivity. He spends his days playing with his buddy Lo Lem, and hopes that the sun will shine again soon!


LUCKY - Northern White-cheeked gibbon

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Klaartje Geerts

Klaartje Geerts

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