Hello monkey lovers!!
To let you know a little about myself, I am a student at Oxford Brookes University, studying a M.Sc. in primate conservation. I also studied a B.Sc in biology and geosciences at the University of Wollongong in Australia. In the past I have spent almost a decade working in environmental conservation from bush regeneration and microbat surveying in eastern and central Australia to a year long volunteer post in the Nimba Mountains of Guinea studying chimpanzees. With each project my passion and understanding of how the state of the world depends on the actions of each person truly matters.
(Photo: A picture of myself in outback Australia catching micro bats in a mist net for an ecology survey)
Photo: A young Sooty Mangabey I spotted whilst waiting for the chimps to show up in the Nimba Mountains, Guinea (West Africa)
Today falls at your feet the chance to help save a species from the brink of extinction! This Project is so simple and clear cut that it does away with all of the mysterious dealings associated with large scale charities. Any money you donate here simply funds one research project that is designed to save the Tonkin Snub-Nosed monkey. The reason that I am asking for donations is the same reason that most of you have never heard of a Tonkin Snub-Nosed monkey, they are often forgotten. This is because funding for conservation and awareness is not evenly spread so while well known animals like orang-utans and tigers attract millions of dollars in funding, very little falls into the hat for the lesser known. As a result conservation of an underdog species like the Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey needs support from the environmentally aware inidividuals in society, such as the people making time to read about this project. Today there are less than 200 of these colobine beauties left with us making them Critically Endangered as lack of action has let the population dwindle. They are quite literally at the point of being wiped from the face of the earth unnecessarily. This is why it is up to the people who care about all wildlife, all of us, to make sure it doesn't happen.
Photo: a small group of Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys, in Khau Ca, Vietnam 35km from Tung Vai. Photo by Quyet Le Khac
This project will work towards forming a safe haven for the second largest population of Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkeys. During this 18 month project I will visit the field site 3 times for (total of 9 months). The objective of this project is to count how many individuals we have left and to find which areas of their habitat would be best included in a protection area. I will be supported by a local Vietnamese guide and translator. The outcome of this research will tell us the areas that should be included in the newly proposed Species Protected Area from the Vietnamese government.
The most important expense is to pay research assistants and translators for their time and food allowances (so you will also be providing money for local people!!). I will need local expertise from research assistants to find these monkeys and to identify the different species of trees in a forest where they all tend to look the same. I will hope to be able to hire one for the first 30 field days which will cost £2250 (including food allowance). The rest of the time I hope to hire a local guide/translator because most people in this area don't speak Vietnamese and even less speak English! Locals also know the best places too look for these illusive canopy hoppers. This will cost approximately £2340. These workers will be organised through Fauna and Flora International. Research will carry on indefinitely after this 18 month period by me and paid local Vietnamese workers. To maintain transparency I should also state that my airfares (£1600) are included in this crowdfunding, but all other items on the budget will be paid for before any of my personal expenses.
I will hopefully receive funding from grants and bursaries outside of the crowdfunded page. You will all be notified if this happens as we are all in this together! These notices will be posted via the 'Save the Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey' Facebook page here so be sure to like and subscribe.
According to Fauna and Flora International of which David Attenborough is the Vice-President we still have a window of opportunity to stop the extinction of the Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey. Let's show that the community of people in this world who are environmentally conscious grows bigger every day. Let's save the Tonkin Snub-nosed monkey in Tung Vai!
for morre information on the Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey check out FFI's page: