Short film, “Conserving Colobines: Saving Endangered Leaf Monkeys in Việt Nam” – Andie Ang’s pre-dissertation work

Andie Ang, who was previously studying the critically endangered banded leaf monkeys in Singapore (Evolutionary Biology Lab), is now in the second year of her PhD programme at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

During the summer (Jun-Sep) she spent conducted pre-dissertation work in Vietnam on the colobine monkeys there, and a short film (nine minutes) was made about her research by At Films (atfilms.info).

I told Andie she looked too fierce in the film, and she promised to smile more in future!

Her work with population genetics of Vietnamese colobines is critically needed as most of the colobines are either critically endangered or endangered and are found in decreasing areas of forest fragments. Andie will be examining the genetic variability of three Vietnamese colobine species: the black-shanked douc (Pygathrix nigripes), the Indochinese silvered langur (Trachypithecus germaini), and the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) to assess the viability and conservation status of these threatened species.

For updates about Andie Ang’s research on primates, see her Google Site.

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