When will it end?

New rescued Pygmy Loris

A few days ago again we confiscated a Pygmy Loris. It is a female and she is in very poor condition. This loris is very skinny and malnurished, her fur is very scruffy, her eyes are infected. Until our staff come to rescue her, she was even chained around her neck.
When we had a closer look we saw that her tits are still obviously and visible, what means she recently had a baby on her suckling, what most probably died when she was caught by the hunter. It is always hard for us to loom at animals in such a poor condition.
Our staff will make a big effort to rehabilitate her. But it will last month or even years until she is a healthy and good looking Pygmy loris again that is ready to be released back into the wild.
If we see wild animals in such a poor state we often ask ourselves how people can be so cruel to wildlife? What is the point in keeping a wild primate at home and make it suffer so much?
When will the wildlife trade finally end?
There is still a long way to go. But you can support our work by spreading the word „Primates are no pets!“ and / or donating to the EPRC.
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It’s been 4 years since Beo rescued, we still can’t forget the image of the pitiful baby Langur who used to hold keeper’s hands every day, mouth on the tiny milk bottle. But now, he is no longer a baby with sad eyes anymore. Beo has officially ‘graduated’ from our kindergarten.


In February 2017, while rangers patrolling, Beo was found in a small locals house on the edge of the jungle. At that moment, Beo was only a month old. People fed him with sugar milk. Although drinking sweetened milk will cause Langurs colic, but since he lost his mother, he must drink it if he doesn’t want to starve.

After being rescued and travel 600km away, Beo was moved to live with other orphans in the EPRC’s kindergaten. During the first year, we 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 start entering adulthood. 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. 

Wish Beo always healthy and well integrated with your new friends!

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𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘀

Some pictures recorded by installed infrared camera in a Pygmy Slow Loris (𝘯𝘺𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘣𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘺𝘨𝘮𝘢𝘦𝘶𝘴) enclousure at EPRC. You can see the mother loris licking her baby. Not just a gesture of love, more than that, this is how the mother loris are ‘putting on’ her child a protective ‘armor’ before her mother goes for food.

Did you know? Slow Loris (𝘕𝘺𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘣𝘶𝘴 𝘴𝘱) is 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀? Currently the world records more than 500 species of primate have been found, and the Slow Loris is the only ones of which is known to be poisonous. To access its poison, a slow loris licks (or slowly rubs its hands) under glands near its armpits- and cover its teeth. And the resulting bite can expose a person or predator to fantal potentially anaphylactic shock. Similarly, by licking her baby’s fur before going out at night, the mother loris has created a shell that protects her childs from predators.

Sadly, the poison is not able to hold them off against hunters who feeding a demand for the primates in the illegal pet trade. Even when rescued, we found that many of slow lorises had their fangs broken by hunters or their former owner (and they do not regrow permanently) to take away their defenses. They will end up in very painful situations, lose their defenses, and even find food in the wild.
𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙.

# Primates are not pets.

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A little family, a great happiness

A gibbon family at EPRC- Lolem & Lucky


A short story about gibbons Lolem, Lucky & their little family

A little family, a great happiness.

Lolem,the mother gibbon who had been depressed for her whole life, she’ve layed on the cold ground for all day long. Lucky– the father gibbon who was locked up for years in a small crate at the middle of a crowded city, day by day, strained and stressed out by the trafic noises and thousands sound of human city.

They were rescued. Once again they were immersed in nature, plants and then …they found each other. Their love bear fruit, they gradually began to build a small family, and this will probably be the family they live with for the rest of their lives.

Both have experienced seemingly insurmountable events. And perhaps the most regrettable thing is that none of us can go back in time and bring them back to where they were born and belongs, where they can freely fly for miles through endless jungles. But there are little things we can do is giving them a beautiful living place, wherether surrounds by green color of trees, there are birds and cicadas singing. Let’s give them the fruits and vegetables which they need. Let them wake up with peaceful mind every morning, let them sing the beautiful songs of the apes together. And…perhaps, most important of all: they will never have to be separated again.

 Join us to help them, even for the smallest of things!

 Thank you!

EPRC 03/2021



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Tilo Nadler: ‘One of my biggest success is: the EPRC’

In an interview with Veronika Perková from the Nature Solutionaries, Tilo Nadler – when asked what he consider his biggest success, Tilo mentioned the EPRC, namely the fact that the Center had thousands of visitors who now understand the value of nature of the country.
Besides, Tilo also shared a lot more about the primate conservation work that he did. 

Read more about Tilo Nadler’s interview

#Veronika Perková; #nature solutionaries

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Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

1 year with opportunity to extend




The Endangered Primate Rescue Center, based in Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh province, is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primate species.


  • Working time: 5 days/week
  • Health care for primates at EPRC.
  • Diagnosis, treatment and care when needed
  • Ready 24/7 for emergency cases in the rescue center
  • Manage dietary recommendations and work with a wildlife nutritionist to provide optimal nutrition for each species and individual
  • Store information both manually and in the ZIMS database for all animal shifts
  • Veterinary operation and maintenance together with quality control and maintenance of machinery and equipments
  • Work with students and researchers to learn more about the health of the animals at the center
  • Share complex cases with the veterinarian and / or veterinarian in the area so that the best possible care for the animal
  • Set up a reserve budget for consumption and inventory
  • Anatomy of dead bodies and find the cause of death
  • Periodic animal welfare reviews
  • Collaborate for capacity building with the veterinary laboratory of Vietnam Academy of Agriculture
  • Organize preventive measures to control / limit disease at the center
  • Teaching & support keepers to deal with potential animal diseases
  • Work with zoo staff to ensure the best animal care and train them what is needed to improve quality. Respect the caregiver’s experience and work together to get the job done


  • Vietnamese citizen
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Veterinary Medicine
  • Active and eager to learn
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Good cooperation with the team and volunteers
  • Proficient in written English (recommended) or will improve during work
  • Flexible in the work schedule from sudden daily changes


  • Working for an NGO that protects wildlife
  • Working in an English speaking environment
  • Working in an office based in beautiful Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Possible opportunities for work trips around Vietnam and internationally
  • Various communication learning opportunities from international consultants and advisors


Send a cover letter and a recent CV, in English and Vietnamese to

Applications: ongoing, hiring ASAP




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Trung tâm cứu hộ linh trưởng nguy cấp (EPRC), Vườn quốc gia Cúc Phương, Nho Quan, Ninh Bình, Việt Nam


Trung tâm Cứu hộ Linh trưởng Nguy cấp có trụ sở tại Vườn Quốc gia Cúc Phương, tỉnh Ninh Bình, là một dự án phi lợi nhuận nhằm cứu hộ, phục hồi, nhân giống, nghiên cứu và bảo tồn các loài linh trưởng nguy cấp và cực kỳ nguy cấp của Việt Nam.


  • Thời gian làm việc 40 tiếng/ tuần.
  • Được hưởng các chế độ, ngày nghỉ lễ theo luật lao động Việt Nam.
  • Được làm việc tại một trong những trung tâm cứu hộ và bảo tồn động vật hoang dã đầu tiên tại Việt Nam.
  • Có cơ hội được tập huấn, hướng dẫn nâng cao tay nghề bởi đội ngũ bác sĩ thú y giàu kinh nghiệm về cứu chữa động vật hoang dã trong và ngoài nước.
  • Làm việc trong một môi trường năng động, gần gũi thiên nhiên. Được tiếp xúc với nhiều chuyên gia nước ngoài, có cơ hội giao tiếp và cải thiện nâng cao trình độ Tiếng Anh.


Ký hợp đồng 1 năm với cơ hội được gia hạn thêm.


Thỏa thuận, dựa theo năng lực


Càng sớm càng tốt


  • Báo cáo trực tiếp với giám đốc trung tâm về tình trạng sức khỏe động vật
  • Thời gian làm việc: 5 ngày / tuần (8 tiếng /ngày).
  • Chăm sóc sức khỏe cho các loài linh trưởng tại EPRC. Chẩn đoán, điều trị và chăm sóc động vật khi cần thiết
  • Sẵn sàng 24/7 cho các trường hợp khẩn cấp trong trung tâm cứu hộ
  • Đưa ra các khuyến nghị về chế độ ăn uống và làm việc cùng với chuyên gia dinh dưỡng động vật hoang dã để cung cấp dinh dưỡng tối ưu cho từng loài và cá thể
  • Đánh giá phúc lợi động vật định kỳ
  • Tổ chức các biện pháp dự phòng nhằm kiểm soát / hạn chế dịch bệnh tại trung tâm
  • Lên kế hoạch cho ngân sách dự phòng tiêu dùng trong thú y, vận hành và bảo trì phòng thú y
  • Giải phẫu tử thi và tìm nguyên nhân tử vong
  • Lưu trữ thông tin cả thủ công và trong cơ sở dữ liệu ZIMS về tình trạng động vật
  • Làm việc với các sinh viên và nhà nghiên cứu để tìm hiểu thêm về sức khỏe của động vật tại trung tâm. Hợp tác nâng cao năng lực với phòng thí nghiệm thú y của Học viện Nông nghiệp Việt Nam
  • Chia sẻ các trường hợp phức tạp với bác sĩ thú y và / hoặc bác sĩ thú y trong khu vực để có thể chăm sóc tốt nhất cho động vật
  • Dạy và hỗ trợ các nhân viên chăm sóc tại trung tâm trong việc đối phó với các dịch bệnh tiềm ẩn
  • Làm việc với nhân viên sở thú trong nước và nước ngoài để đảm bảo việc chăm sóc động vật tốt nhất và cải thiện chất lượng. Tôn trọng kinh nghiệm của người chăm sóc và cùng nhau hoàn thành tốt công việc.


  • Là công dân Việt Nam
  • Tốt nghiệp bằng cử nhân trở lên chuyên ngành Thú y
  • Tinh thần làm việc năng động và ham học hỏi, thái độ tích cực.
  • Có kỹ năng làm việc nhóm
  • Thành thạo tiếng Anh là một lợi thế
  • Có khả năng linh hoạt trong lịch trình làm việc


Gửi thư xin việc và CV, bằng tiếng Anh và tiếng Việt đến địa chỉ mail hoặc

THỜI HẠN ỨNG TUYỂN: 25/03/2021

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WANTED – Volunteer and Research Coordinator

Volunteer and Research Coordinator

1 year with opportunity to extend

7,000,000 VND a month plus allowances (phone and transportation) 300,000 VND per month and housing support of 500,000 VND a month



The Endangered Primate Rescue Center, based in Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh province, is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primate species.

The primary function of the EPRC is to provide rescue and rehabilitation to endangered and critically endangered primates that have been confiscated from illegal wildlife trade. We have established captive populations of highly endangered primate species, with a final aim to reintroduce and release these animals as stable family groups into well-protected natural areas. During this process we work to achieve our goals with compassion, commitment, transparency and co-operation.

We’re looking for a volunteer and research coordinator to help us improve our current program. Over the past two years we have an increased interest from people both in Vietnam and internationally to volunteer at our center, and we want to ensure that the volunteers can contribute to our mission whilst having a memorable stay here in Vietnam.

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WANTED – Veterinary Advisor!

Objective: Support the veterinary program in enhancement through prioritized projects to develop clinical, laboratory and management skills and clinical education for the Vietnamese veterinarians at Endangered Primate Rescue Center.

About the Organization:

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primate species. First established in 1993, through a collaboration between Frankfurt Zoological Society and Cuc Phuong National Park, the center is presently managed under the umbrella of the Vietnam Primate Conservation Program, jointly operated by Zoo Leipzig and Cuc Phuong National Park. More than 180 animals have been born at the center, some being the first of their species to be born in captivity, including the critically endangered Cat Ba Langur, Delacour’s Langur, and the Grey-Shanked Douc Langur.

Today the center is home to around 180 primates representing 15 species. The primates are housed in more than 50 large enclosures including two fenced semi-wild areas of primary forest, measuring 2 and 5 hectares in size. These enclosures serve to prepare animals for release into the wild and provide opportunities to study the behavior of animals in semi-wild conditions. The EPRC currently employs 31 staff both from the local community and abroad.

Work place: Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan, District, Ninh Binh Province

Report to: Director 

Working time: 6 months (possibility to extend)

Expected starting date: As soon as possible (rolling application process)

Salary: Minimal. To be discussed. 


  • Identify areas needing improvement in veterinary capacity. Focus attention on improving those areas of weakness.
  • Improve the quality of veterinary care provided for animals to increase survivability of rehabilitation so we can release more stable animals back into the wild and improve the welfare of our sanctuaried animals
  • Support capacity building projects with contracted professional volunteers to aid in enhancement of the practice
  • Educate Vietnamese staff to ensure true understanding of the capacity building initiative in order to evoke sustainable change in the practice
  • Aid in the fundraising/ grant writing process for these projects to launch

Primary Duties :

  • Lead team in coordinating daily tasks and carrying out the functions of the practice
  • Prioritize welfare of patient over everything else
  • Train and educate Vietnamese veterinarians in improved medical management and patient care
  • Diagnose disease, provide treatments and intensive care as needed
  • Follow protocols and aid in updating them as necessary
  • Be on-call for emergencies at the rescue center
  • Co-manage diet recommendations and work with abroad wildlife nutritionist to provide optimum nutrition
  • Recordkeeping both manually and in ZIMS database for every case
  • Operate and maintain the veterinary clinic along with maintenance and quality controls of all equipment
  • Necropsy all deceased individuals and seek cause of death
  • Aid in team efforts to improve both in-house and send out diagnostics
  • Work to enhance the capacity with the veterinary laboratory at Vietnam University of Agriculture Veterinary Medicine
  • Organize preventative measures to control/ limit disease outbreak in the center
  • Aid in education for captive team when dealing with potential zoonotic diseases and improve biosecurity protocols
  • Aid in Disease Risk Analysis


  • Graduation from an accredited veterinary or veterinary nurse/technician program
  • Licensed or registered to practice
  • Up to date rabies and tetanus vaccines
  • TB test within the last year
  • Experience in a zoo or wildlife rehabilitation facility
  • Teaching experience
  • Must be flexible and patient
  • Must work with cultural sensitivity and respect

How to apply:

  • Email resume and cover letter to and
  • If you do not have the ability to carry out a major project, but have an idea of how you could support our capacity building, email your idea(s) to &

Contact: Director – Caroline Rowley:



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Baby Monkey Boom

Baby Boom at Endangered Primate Rescue Center

The Center has seen 5 new births these last couple of months, totaling 8 births since the beginning of the year. They are exclusively Hatinh Langurs and Douc Langurs newborns, and it’s interesting to see how seasons in EPRC are punctuated with different species reproduction… let’s get a clearer picture of our primates habits:

First, we cannot talk about langurs’ reproduction without mentioning their group structure, as it is composed of one male to at least three or four females and their infants. That potentially means a big family! Their breeding is all year long but Hatinh Langurs birth peaks are observed between January and March and Douc Langurs between March and June. They reach sexual maturity around 4-5 years old, and their gestation lasts 6 to 7 months. 

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Baby Monkey Boom

Baby Boom at Endangered Primate Rescue Center

Trong vào tháng qua, đã có thêm 5 cá thể mới được sinh ra tại trung tâm, như vậy chúng tôi đã có tổng cộng 8 cá thể mới sinh kể từ đầu năm. Chúng chỉ là những cá thể sơ sinh của 2 loài: vọoc Hà Tĩnh và chá vá, và thật thú vị khi thấy sự sinh sản theo mùa của những loài khác nhau tại EPRC,… hãy cùng chúng tôi tìm hiểu về tập tính của các loài linh trưởng của chúng ta:

Đầu tiên, chúng ta không thể nói về sinh sản của voọc mà không đề cập đến cấu trúc đàn của chúng, vì nó bao gồm một con đực cùng ít nhất ba hoặc bốn con cái và con của chúng. Điều đó có khả năng có nghĩa là một gia đình lớn! Sinh sản của chúng là quanh năm nhưng thời gian sinh sản nhiều nhất của vọoc Hà Tĩnh được ghi nhận từ tháng 1 đến tháng 3 và chà vá trong khoảng từ tháng 3 đến tháng 6. Chúng đạt đến tuổi thành thục (tuổi sẵn sàng để sinh sản) sau khoảng 4-5 tuổi và thời gian mang thai của chúng kéo dài 6 đến 7 tháng.

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