Help save Vietnam's critically endangered primates

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Haivenu in partnership with Fauna & Flora International

Vietnam has rich biodiversity, but it is under serious threat and rapidly being lost. The country’s extremely fast economic growth is drawing heavily on its natural resources like timber, water and land. Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the world's longest running international conservation organisation, has a well established Vietnam Programme at the forefront of saving unique and severely threatened wildlife, much of which is teetering on the verge of global extinction.

Two of the world’s rarest primates

In Vietnam, FFI is working to conserve a number of extremely rare primates. Vietnam has an incredible diversity of gibbon and monkey species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. The Tonkin snub-nosed monkey and Cao vit gibbon are two of the most endangered primates in the world, driven to the brink of extinction by loss of habitat and hunting. The Tonkin snub-nosed monkey was considered extinct until two groups were rediscovered in 1992. There are approximately 200 Tonkin snub-nosed monkey individuals remaining. The Cao vit gibbon, also known as the eastern black crested gibbon, is the 2nd rarest ape in the world after its closest relative the Hainan gibbon. Only about 110 Cao vit gibbons are known to remain.

Working with local people
FFI has established a number of Community Conservation Teams (CCTs) in the isolated and fragmented forests where these unique species live. The teams patrol the forest to monitor primate numbers and prevent illegal activities such as hunting and logging. CCTs also raise awareness and seek to include forest-adjacent communities in the conservation of these rare species. FFI provides training, equipment and logistical support to the teams, who work in trying conditions, often spending days on end patrolling the rough forest terrain. The teams regularly require new equipment, training and logistical support in order to ensure that they can continue to effectively patrol the forests.

Supporting the work of Fauna & Flora International

Haivenu is proud to support the FFI Community Conservation Team in Quan Ba District of Ha Giang Province near the Chinese border. We directly sponsor a member of this team which is working to protect their local forest and its small population of Tonkin snub-nose monkeys. This sponsorship provides a two-fold benefit: first, boosting the livelihoods of local people, who know and can protect the forest and its inhabitants better than anyone; and second, providing a vital window of opportunity for stabilizing the population of this critically endangered primate. The team goes on regular forest patrols to monitor the monkeys and gather data for research on the species, and is always on the lookout for any sign of illegal activity. The team also works to raise awareness within their community about the value, and necessity, of conservation. We at Haivenu are delighted to be a part of this effort, and we invite you to consider playing a role through FFI in preserving Vietnam’s incredible natural heritage.

You can contribute to FFI’s Vietnam Programme in the following ways:
  • Make a donation of up to 1% of the value of your Haivenu holiday and Haivenu will match it, dollar for dollar.
  • Make a cash donation through Haivenu or through the FFI website.

How FFI will use the funds raised

The following are examples of what your donation can do:

  • USD 70 – Can purchase clothing and equipment for a Community Conservation Team member, including a new uniform, boots and wet weather gear.
  • USD 300 – Can purchase a GPS device for a Community Conservation Team to monitor biodiversity and record illegal activity.
  • USD 500 – Can provide an education kit for raising awareness in communities near protected forest areas.
  • USD 1,000 – Can provide funding for alternative livelihood options to alleviate pressure on forest resources, with projects involving steel water wheels, animal husbandry, fuel efficient stoves and tree nurseries.
  • USD 2,800 - Can provide enough funding for one Community Conservation Team member for a whole year.

For more information:

Visit the FFI website (

Or contact

Fauna & Flora International’s Vietnam Primate Programme
340 Nghi Tam, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: +84-4-719-4117
Fax: +84-4-719-4119

Download FFI species profiles:

The 'Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey Conservation Project' in Ha Giang

The 'Cao Vit Gibbon Conservation Project'

The 'Western black crested gibbon profile'

The Local Movement: Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV)

Vietnam’s first non-governmental organization dedicated to the conservation of nature and the environment, ENV was formed in 2000. ENV’s primary focus is on raising public understanding within the country about environmental issues, inspiring Vietnamese to take the initiative in protecting their own rich natural heritage. ENV also runs programs to strengthen the management of protected areas, to advise decision-makers on improving the laws and policies surrounding this issue, and to directly combat wildlife crime. ENV is among the organizations most capable of addressing wildlife crime in the country. If you witness any wildlife crime or illegal wildlife products for sale while in Vietnam, you can report it directly via the ENV website or live wildlife crime hotline.

Visit ENV’s website at:

Or contact:

Education for Nature-Vietnam
No. 5, IF1, Lane 192, Thai Thinh Street
Dong Da District, Hanoi,
PO Box 222, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel/Fax: (84 4) 3514-8850

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