The mountain range in central Vietnam contains the largest contiguous forest in the country, an island in an otherwise densely populated and agriculture-dominated country.

Within the forests of Kon Ka Kinh lives the largest population of grey-shanked douc langurs. This primate species is endemic to this region and Critically Endangered according to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The area also is home to the Northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, which is listed as endangered.

Since 1991, FZS has been supporting the protection of endangered monkey species and their habitats in Vietnam. The first few years of work focused on the Cuc Phuong National Park and the Van Long Nature Reserve in the north of the country and later expanded to the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Since 2010 the FZS engagement exclusively covers the mountainous region in central Vietnam.

The government is keen to preserve these remaining havens for the diverse and in some cases unique fauna and flora by setting up conservation areas. Illegal tree-felling, poaching, and the steady expansion of cultivated land, however, respect no boundaries.

Today, we support the administration of Kon Ka Kinh National Park (420 km²) and the nearby Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve (159 km²) in controlling and managing their protected areas. These are still connected to other unprotected forests and together form a total forest block of 1,200 km².

Together with our partners Stiftung Artenschutz, GreenViet, and Fauna & Flora International, we are collecting biological data on the mountain forest region and advising the government on the development of a land protection plan aimed at preserving the entire contiguous forest area.

Our focus areas in Vietnam

  • Support protected area administrations manage Kon Ka Kinh National Park and Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve
  • Offer environmental education activities to local communities
  • Conduct grey-shanked douc langur and northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon censuses
  • Undertake field, consulting, and planning work to improve conservation of unprotected forest areas in the region
  • Training biology students in nature and wildlife conservation

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A White-lipped Pit Viper in Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
Rhesus Macaques grooming each other in Son Tra Nature Reserve on the Tho Quang Peninsula, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
A drone photo over Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve and its surroundings. FZS is working to connect this nature reserve with a corridor to Kon Ka Kinh NP. Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
A Natalia’s Spiny Lizard (Acanthosaura natalie) photographed in Kon Ka Kinh NP in Vietnam. This species was recently discovered and described in 2006. Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
A waterfall in the forest of Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Vietnam. @ Daniel Rosengren
A male Red-shanked Douc in Son Tra Nature Reserve on the Tho Quang Peninsula, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
The carnivorous Sundew plant photographed on a meadow in Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
A Ranger in Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
A caterpillar in Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
A student doing research in the Lab of Plant Cell and Tissue Culture. FZS cooperates with and supports environmental research at the University of Da Nang. Da Nang, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
An Orchid in a meadow in Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren
A Butterfly in Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Vietnam. © Daniel Rosengren

Projects in Vietnam

  • Vietnam

    Kon Ka Kinh and Kon Cha Rang

Milestones

FZS expands field activities to Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve 2021.

2021

The second grey-shanked douc langur census in Kon Ka Kinh National Park takes place, showing positive results in comparison to 2010 data – the start of the project.

2020

FZS conducts an initial inventory of yellow-cheeked crested gibbon occurrence in Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve.

2019

FZS expands conservation activities to include the endangered northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbons thanks to funding from Stiftung Artenschutz and its partner zoos.

2016

FZS supports the establishment of Vietnamese NGO GreenViet, which aims to protect the unique forest ecosystem with endangered species in the central highlands region.

2012

FZS establishes an annual practical training course for 25 biology and environmental science students, with the University of Danang and the Kon Ka Kinh Park Management.

2011

The first grey-shanked douc langur census in Kon Ka Kinh National Park takes place.

2010

Start of the Kon Ka Kinh National Park project.

2010

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center, for the first time, releases Hatinh langurs into Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

2007

FZS establishes the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (EPRC) which is handed over to Leipzig zoo in 2013.

1993

FZS initiates a project in Cúc Phương National Park (CPNP) to assess the status of the Delacour’s langur.

1991

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