Ha Long Bay monkeys find a haven of peace
A accumulation of French tourists yield photos of monkeys active in and about Ha Long Bay’s Luon Cave. The monkeys accept become tamer through again acknowledgment to visitors. (Photo: VNS)It was about 9 o’clock in the morning. Ha Long Bay was covered in a attenuate blind of mist, with drops of dribble actuality and there.
But none of the tourists seemed to apperception the weather, they were active watching and agriculture pieces of assistant to groups of monkeys active in and about Luon Cavern on one of the several islets in the bay breadth monkeys still live. “I didn’t apprehend to acquisition monkeys here, it’s a contentment to watch them,” said Rachel Hobbes, an American tourist, blithely as about 20 of the bold little animals fought over the morsels, blind of the bodies watching them from boats.
The actualization of so abounding monkeys in one breadth behaving afterwards abhorrence of bodies follows the accommodating plan in contempo years of workers at the Centre for Cavern and Park Attention beneath the Ha Long Bay Management Committee. Luon Cavern is not the alone abode in the bay inhabited by monkeys, but their absorption there is a big day-tripper drawcard.
To allurement the animals to the site, workers started alms them food, afterwards acceptance tourists to augment them. Before that, the simians had to beat for aliment on their own. They accept aswell become added acclimatized through their acquaintance with people. According to Hoang Van Hanh, agent administrator of the attention centre, about 60 rhesus monkeys reside in or about Luon Cave. “Four years ago, there were alone about 10 at any one time – and they were generally trapped and ill-treated by bounded people,” Hanh said.
This all afflicted afterwards the centre began to administer the breadth to stop the hunting of monkeys. The centre’s agents aswell banned the use of motor boats, which afflict the ecosystem. The centre aswell protects the animals by authoritative abiding that tourists do not aggravate or abuse them.
The amount of monkeys active in the cavern has risen to about 60. The cavern has become a safe haven. Added and added the monkeys besiege axial the day-tripper area, alive that they are safe from hunters. Up to 500 bodies a day now appointment the monkey cavern either by boats or by kayak.
Nguyen Dac Van, an agent at the centre, said the monkeys had fabricated the cavern their home – and a top attraction. He said, however, that it was not consistently simple to accumulate ascendancy of them, because they tended to roam if bake-apple was in season. This apparent them to actionable hunters who were answering a appeal for beginning monkey meat.
To advice bear the tourists to and from the island, the centre has assassin 11 association from Bo Nau amphibian fishing apple to plan as boatmen. This provides them with an added income.
The aforementioned arrangement of alluring monkeys to a axial day-tripper area is now getting acclimated to put the abounding iguanas in Ha Long Bay on show. The centre has now appear up with the abstraction of agriculture iguanas from adjacent Me Cung Lake to allure them to a adjacent cave of the aforementioned name. It may yield months, or even years, to get the co-operation of the reptiles, but the centre’s agents are patient.
“Maybe it will yield some time, but I will abide to augment them regularly,” said Nguyen Van Thu, one of the guards at the centre.
Ha Long Bay in arctic Quang Ninh Province afresh has been recognised alert as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Website and has been voted one of the seven new Natural Wonders of the World.