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A sanctuary for endangered langurs

Photo by Xuan Vinh

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Son Tra Peninsula, often described as the “green lung” of Danang City and a prime eco-tourism destination, is also renowned for being the natural habitat of the red-shanked douc langurs, affectionately known as the “queen” of primates due to their striking appearance. These langurs are classified as critically endangered in Vietnam’s Red Book and are recognized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as requiring unconditional protection.

The peninsula boasts the world’s largest population of red-shanked douc langurs, with over 300 individuals documented. These primates typically form herds ranging from four to 15 members. Adapted to an arboreal lifestyle, they primarily feed and live on trees, with their daily routine including foraging sessions typically around 6 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. This predictable schedule draws many tourists and photographers to the peninsula, eager to catch a glimpse of these majestic animals in their natural setting.

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