Khiri sponsors two animals at Vietnam’s Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (EPRC). Here’s some more about them…
Lucky and Lolem – Northern White-Cheeked Gibbons
Lucky was locked up for years in a small cage in the middle of a crowded city, day by day, strained and stressed out by the traffic noises. Lolem, who had been depressed for her whole life, laid on the cold ground in a house all day long.When she arrived she was still black color and was looking very scruffy and skinny. Since she did not look pretty the EPRC staff named her Lolem (Cinderella). But more concerning was that she couldn’t climb, she always only laid on the floor. Actually she had given up at that time. Thanks to keepers who gave her good care and a lot of enrichment she developed well and got better and better.
Gradually, the EPRC staff paired Lucky and Lolem together. They come along so well! When Lolem was to give birth for the first time we were worried that she would not be able to take care of her baby. We were prepared that we maybe would have to hand rear. But she did such a good job. Currently, Lucky and Lolem are happily living together with a son and a daughter.
Mung – The Red Shanked Douc Langur
In February 2017, while rangers patrolling, Beo was found in a small local house on the edge of the jungle. Beo was only a month old. People fed him with sugar milk. Although drinking sweetened milk will cause Langurs colic, since he lost his mother, he must drink it if he doesn’t want to starve. After being rescued and traveling 600km away, Beo was moved to live with other orphans in the EPRC’s kindergarten. During the first year, EPRC staff gave Beo non-sugar fresh milk mixed with oak-bark tea to help him build a healthier digestive system. At the same time, Beo has also gradually learned to eat leaves like other langurs. He is now starting to enter adulthood. In 2021, goodbye to Thanh, Khoa and the other babies at ‘Kindergarten’, Beo has been moved to a new enclosure with other Red-shanked doucs, then he will start building a new family.