The Golden langur, a charismatic primate species conspicuous by its lustrous creamy-golden fur and found only in few forest patches of Western Assam and Bhutan has now been listed in the World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates. It was enlisted based on their extensive habitat fragmentation, habitat destruction, encroachment and alarming decline in population.
It was announced during a session of International Primatological Society and American Society of Primatologist, held at Chicago (USA) from August 21-27, 2016. Over 1500 delegates from 56 countries participated in the conference including Dr Dilip Chetry, Head of Primate Research and Conservation Division of Aaranyak (Assam).
Chetry said that the safe future of endangered Golden langur in Assam is in the hands of mankind and their survival can be protected only through education, awareness and habitat conservation. Golden langur has already been listed as endangered species in the IUCN Red List (2016) and Schedule-I species in Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972).