The search for Delacour's Langur
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A short bus drive away from Cuc Phuong is the small national park of Van Long, we drove by it on the way but totally missed it as it is obscured by developments and cement factories. We reached ther reserve by bus and by foot and hired a boat. To be honest it was not the most spectacular scenary, more limestone karst, but the karst here was surrounded by a wetland teaming with fish and buzzing with dragonflys.
Our boatman punted us along slowly through the thick aquatic vegetation and we watched king fishers skim across the waters surface to catch the small fry and egrets patrol their watery home. We reached a cave and then turned off around a particularly large piece of Karst and it was there we saw what we had come to see, the Delacour's langur.
The view was marred by huge explosions which reverberated off the sides of the karst stone like thunder, the surrounding mounatins are literally being blown to pieces, looking 90 degrees in any direction we could see houses, factories, pylons and roads, but sheltering in a tiny pocket of forest were these beautiful creatures, their future on a knife edge and symbolic of much of what we have seen so far in Asia.