Mission: To conserve the François' Langur as a flagship species of Karst ecosystems for its long term survival. For the next 10 years the programme will aim to halt the declining trend of this species, along with reducing its threats and building strong local, national and international constituencies.
Species: François' Langur
Location: China and Vietnam
Support started: 2013
Donating: £1,500 this will help improve the understanding of the status of this species by monitoring population dynamics and carrying out relevant field research and improve awareness of the conservation need for this species.
Background: Founded in 1903, Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is the world's longest established international conservation organisation. There mission is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. The Francois' Langur currently deserves immediate attention. They are a limestone dependent primate with a distribution from north east Vietnam to southern China. The population is estimated to be at 1500-1900 individuals remaining in the wild. There is believed to be less than 500 individuals remaining in Vietnam and 1400-1650 in China.
The main threats to this species include; hunting, habitat loss, habitat degradation, habitat fragmentation, disease transmission from free-grazing livestock and lack of awareness particularly among the local government. In 2012, FFI sponsored by EAZA took action for this species and launched the project Francois' langur conservation action plan in the Guangxi Province.
Future objectives: The expected outcomes for this project include; improving the understanding of the status of this species by monitoring population dynamics and carrying out relevant field research; understand specific conservation needs of the species; allocate available resources and consolidate conservation efforts to create a conservation strategy and action plan; improve awareness of the conservation needs for this species; develop a long-term strategy and a detailed 5 year work plan for the conservation programme.