Study tour promotes conservation of endangered Popa Langur, only 300 left

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Popa Langur, a rare monkey species, found only in the Mount Popa area, Myanmar.

In order to encourage the preservation of Popa Langur, a species of monkey found only in Myanmar in the world with a population of only about 300, a study tour will be launched, according to Ko Tin Ko Min of Maha Giri group, which is organizing the trip.
Popa Langur study tour will take place from 6 am to 6 pm on 4 June, and each group of five people will study the Mount Popa Geopark where Popa Langur lives. He said that, on the excursion, ten people would be granted free participation.
“At present, as we have a little funds, we will give free participation to only ten persons. Each group will consist of five people who will study in the places where they live. People are interested. We will discourage the guests from eating monkey meat and keeping them as pets. And we will advise them to grow plants and fruits that monkeys eat. If a regional organization cuts down the trees, they should avoid such trees. There are only about 300 of them in the world, and they are only in Myanmar. Our purpose is to promote conservation,” he said.
After the world was told about Popa Langur in 2020, a study tour to promote conservation was done on 4 June last year for the first time, and it will be the second time this year while they are trying to mark 11 November as the Popa Langur Conservation Day, he explained.
Due to deforestation and farmland expansion, their habitat is shrinking, and they also face the danger of keeping them as pets and being killed.
“They mainly hunt the mother monkey. When the mother dies, a baby monkey is left. They sell these babies. Some people buy them to keep as pets out of compassion. They should not be kept as pets. As there are buyers, the hunters continue targeting these monkeys. As they live in the jungle, it is best they are released into the jungle,” he said. — MT/ZN

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