LOCATION: MANAS BIOSPHERE RESERVE, INDIA
TARGET SPECIES: GOLDEN LANGUR
STATUS: ESTABLISHED (SUSTAINED BY LOCAL LEADERS)
In 1997, Community Conservation initiated The Golden Langur Conservation Project to protect the golden langur within its Indian range. CC partnered with Nature’s Foster and Green Forest Conservation to work to protect habit for this endangered species. Each of the organizations focuses on sections of the golden langur range and on specific aspects of conservation of habitat, while all working closely with the villages within their focal areas.
The golden langur is endemic to western Assam and southern Bhutan, meaning it exists nowhere else in the world. Having lost much of its habitat due to deforestation and other types of habit destruction, the primary area where the golden langur still exists is within the Manas Biosphere Reserve. This important reserve lies in lies in the western region of the state of Assam.
The forests of the Manas Biosphere Reserve have been threatened by illegal logging since the early 1990s. But now, local people are working as forest guards and are integral in protecting the habitat.Watch a video summary of the Golden Langur Conservation Project here.