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Long-tailed macaques, photo by Sarah Kite

News Media Articles Involving Non-human Primates 2021

The following are articles about non-human primates reported in the news media. The first section lists articles involving Action for Primates. The second section lists other articles.

See elsewhere for non-human primates in the news from other years. For the current year, choose Resources > Primates in the news from the main menu.

Although an article may be posted here, it does not mean that Action for Primates agrees with any statements made or situations depicted. It should be clear that we are unequivocally opposed to keeping non-human primates in captivity.

See separate page on injuries caused by keeping non-human primates in captivity.


Articles involving Action for Primates

2021-12-06: "Monkey Deaths Reported On Plane Following US Import Of 720 Macaques From Cambodia". Jemima Webber. Plant Based News accessed 2021-12-07
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2021-12-04: "Lop Buri macaques scaring off tourists". Aekarach Sattaburuth. Bangkok Post accessed 2021-12-04
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2021-12-02: "South India's Bonnet Monkeys Are Facing Extinction: Here's Why". Ayushi Kalyani. Madras Courier accessed 2021-12-04

2021-11-21: "Long-tailed Macaques Sent to the United States For Laboratory Experiment Die During Plane Journey". Precious Smith. Nature World News accessed 2021-11-22
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2021-11-19: "MONKEYS DESTINED FOR CRUEL U.S. RESEARCH EXPERIMENTS DIE DURING GRUELING WAMOS AIR FLIGHT, NONPROFIT SAYS". Lex Talamo. Lady Freethinker accessed 2021-11-21
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2021-11-19: "Monkeys flown to US for lab tests die on board plane". Jane Dalton and Claire Colley. The Independent accessed 2021-11-20
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2021-11-18: "Activists call for end to monkey flights". Chris Lewis. Air Cargo Vision accessed 2021-11-23
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2021-11-18: "Monkey-brain study with link to China's military roils top European university". Kirsty Needham and Stine Jacobsen. Reuters accessed 2021-11-22
Refers to and provides link about our exposé of the research.

2021-11-17: "Activists call for end to monkey flights". Chris. Freight Business Journal accessed 2021-11-21

2021-10-19: "YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused of Not Enforcing Ban". Daisuke Wakabayashi. The New York Times accessed 2021-11-21

2021-10-04: "Animal Rights Group Calls On Airline To Stop Live Monkey Shipments From Cambodia". Sarah Kite. Cambodia News English accessed 2021-11-21
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2021-09-01: "Protection des animaux: action for primates sort les griffes contre la hausse de l'exportation des macaques". Shelly Carpayen and Carole Grimaud. lexpress.mu accessed 2021-09-02
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2021-08-15: "Grausame Affen-Folter in Indonesien". Bild accessed 2021-09-02
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2021-08-13: "People Buy Custom Baby Monkey Torture Videos on World's Worst Forum". Gabriel Geiger. Motherboard - VICE accessed 2021-08-13
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2021-08-11: "Baby monkeys tortured and killed in videos posted on US-based chat group". Holly Bancroft. Independent accessed 2021-08-11
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2021-08-08: "Baby monkeys tortured and killed by sadistic online group for sick entertainment". Simon Hamalienko. Daily Star accessed 2021-08-09
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2021-08-06: "UK 'complicit in cruel trade in wild monkeys' for lab tests as government refuses to match EU ban". Jane Dalton. Independent accessed 2021-08-06
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2020-07-16: "Primates imported to UK for laboratory experiments 'triple in a year to 6,752'". Jane Dalton. The Independent accessed 2021-11-20

2021-05-27: "UK's 'Action Plan For Animals' Cause for Celebration If Enacted and Enforced". Lex Talamo. medium accessed 2021-06-01

2021-04-27: "Animal Protection groups outraged as Mauritius government gives permission for capture of wild monkeys". Theodore Koumelis. TravelDailyNews International accessed 2021-04-27
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2021-04-16: "UPDATE: Indonesian YouTuber Who Tortured Captive Monkeys FINED and JAILED". Lex Talamo. lady freethinker accessed 2021-04-17
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2021-03-21: "A look at wildlife farming in PHL" Jonathan L. Mayuga. BusinessMirror accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-02-16: "YouTube videos showing monkey abuse slammed by PETA, Action for Primates" Patrick Knox. news.com.au accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-02-15: "VILE CRUELTY Adorable baby monkeys tortured, exploited and killed in sick YouTube snuff films for click" Patrick Knox. The Sun accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-02-04: "Three Monkeys Rescued From YouTuber Who Brutally Tortured Them For Profit" Lex Talamo. lady freethinker accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-02-01: "Warga AS Laporkan kepada Anies Youtuber yang Siksa Monyet" Wahyu Adityo Prodjo. Kompas.com accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-01-26: "Monkeys suffer 'extremely cruel' torture as scientists try to simulate human depression" Berny Torre. Daily Star accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-01-15: "US plan to breed 10,000 monkeys a year for medical experiments means industrial farming of primates, say critics" Jane Dalton. Independent accessed 2021-03-28
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General interest articles

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2021-12-31: "People feeding monkeys near human habitation will be fined, says Delhi cantonment board". Mirror Now Digital. TimesNowNews.com accessed 2022-01-02
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2021-12-31: "Delhi Cantt board to fine people feeding monkeys". Paras Singh. Hindustan Times accessed 2022-01-02
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2021-12-24: "The economic pains of human-wildlife conflict". Onyango K'onyango and Fred Kibor. Business Daily accessed 2021-12-24

2021-12-15: "title". The Times of India accessed 2021-12-22

2021-12-14: "Primate sanctuary, JNF swing into action to take 1,100 monkeys off state's back". Sue Surkes. The Times of Israel accessed 2021-12-19
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2021-12-10: "Woman admits abusing pet marmoset she offered cocaine and flushed toilet on". Nadeem Badshah. The Guardian accessed 2021-12-11
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2021-12-06: "Call to end Mauritius trade in monkeys for research". Alex Glenn. EuroWeekly accessed 2021-12-07
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2021-11-28: "Fruit galore: Thai monkey festival returns as tourists come back". Reuters. Reuters accessed 2021-11-30
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This is not 'entertainment' and is inappropriate behaviour by people.

2021-11-26: "Campaigners criticise European zoo proposals to cull adult male gorillas". Helena Horton. The Guardian accessed 2021-11-27
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2021-11-25: "Delhi drops surgical sterilisation plan to control monkey population". PTI. The New Indian Express accessed 2021-11-30
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2021-11-25: "Delhi drops surgical sterilisation plan to control monkey population". PTI. The Economic Times accessed 2021-11-30
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2021-11-24: "Activists Say Monkeys Dressed Like Jockeys Are "Violently Strapped" to Dogs and Raced at Broward County Fair". Alex Deluca. Miami New Times accessed 2021-11-26
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2021-11-24: "Cruel or Cute? Monkey Jockey Show at Florida County Fair Sparks Outcry From Animal Activists". Susannah Bryan. The Chronical accessed 2021-11-26
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2021-11-16: "This year's big attraction at Broward County Fair 2021? Monkeys riding on dogs". Phillip Valys. South Florida Sun-Sentinel accessed 2021-11-21
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2021-11-14: "Centre turns down Himachal's request to declare monkeys vermin again". Gaurav Bisht. Hindustan Times accessed 2021-11-21
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2021-11-11: "Viral video: Baby girl and monkey snatch phone from each other". Anonymous. Times Now Digital accessed 2021-11-21
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This was no laughing matter for either individual. The infant girl could have been seriously injured. It is clear from the video that the macaque was 'possessive' about the phone and made threatening gestures. If he had harmed this child, it is likely that he would have been captured and killed.

2021-11-07: "Poisoning monkeys in Maheshkhali protested". Tribune Desk. Dhaka Tribune accessed 2021-11-10
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2021-11-05: "Baby monkey forced to smoke cigarette for zoo's 'public health campaign'". Siba Jackson. Metro accessed 2021-11-06
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2021-11-05: "Zoo sparks outrage by forcing baby monkey to take a puff as 'anti-smoke campaign'". Tiffany Lo. Daily Star accessed 2021-11-06
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2021-10-31: "Yung Bleu Wanted Baby Monkey But Mistakenly Got Baboon Instead". Martine Robert. California News Times accessed 2021-11-01
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2021-10-31: "Lucknow: In a bid to scare away monkeys, LMRC places cut-outs of Langurs at 9 metro stations". ANI. The Economic Times accessed 2021-11-01
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2021-10-29: "Illegally kept monkeys found in Manila". Coconuts Manila. Coconuts Manila accessed 2021-10-31
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2021-10-19: "Five critically endangered monkeys shot dead in Vietnam". Anonymous. France 24 accessed 2021-10-22
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2021-10-14: "Poisoned, in their habitat". Mostafa Yousuf. The Daily Star accessed 2021-11-10
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2021-10-08: "BKSDA Jember Lepas Liarkan Kera Ekor Panjang di Pulau tak Berpenghuni". Tim TvOne and Sinto Sofiadin. tvonenews.com accessed 2021-10-08
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Release of rescued long-tailed macaques onto Indonesian island.

2021-10-05: "Primate center broke interstate transport laws. Negligence led to 5 monkey deaths". Rob O'Dell. azcentral accessed 2021-10-07
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2021-10-05: "After valley fever rips through Arizona breeding colony, questions are raised about monkey research". Rob O'Dell. USA Today accessed 2021-10-07

2021-10-03: "Forty-Four Macaque Monkeys Saved from Chinese Dinner Tables". Anonymous. CTN News accessed 2021-10-03
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2021-10-01: "Three performing monkeys rescued". Anonymous. The International News accessed 2021-10-02

2021-09-30: "Kolar: 16 monkeys found dead in gunny bag". Express News Service. The New Indian Express accessed 2021-10-01
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2021-09-28: "Baby monkeys chained to cramped cages by the neck and sold in horror wet market". Kirsty Card. Daily Star accessed 2021-09-29
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2021-09-08: "Lab Monkey Exports Rise Again During COVID Situation". Anonymous. Cambodia News English accessed 2021-09-10
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2021-09-04: "With no tourist handouts, hungry Bali monkeys raid homes". Firdia Lisnawati and Niniek Karmini. AP News accessed 2021-09-09
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2021-09-01: "Social media platforms under fire for hosting horrific and rampant animal abuse videos". Tracy Keeling. medium accessed 2021-09-03
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2021-08-10: "Gram Panchayat officials accused of cruelty on captured monkeys". Anonymous. Star of Mysore accessed 2021-08-15

2021-07-31: "SHOW'S OVER TikTok slammed by rescue animal charity for 'glorifying baby monkeys as pets' with lollipop and tap drinking videos". Emma James. The U.S. Sun accessed 2021-08-01
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2021-07-29: "Watch: Miscreants kill 30 monkeys in Karnataka's Hassan district". Ians. Telangana Today accessed 2021-08-15

2021-07-14: "Totally bananas: Missing monkey makes herself at home inside clothing store". Melissa Moon. News3 accessed 2021-07-15
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2021-07-05: "Globe Biotech workers allege assault while catching monkeys to trial COVID vaccine". Gazipur Correspondent. bdnews24.com accessed 2021-07-06
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2021-07-05: "Not just vaccine, even monkeys used in Covaxin trial were 'made in India'". Abantika Ghosh. ThePrint accessed 2021-07-06

2021-07-04: "Inside Britain's undercover monkey trade: Thousands are now kept as pets, many in cramped or unsanitary conditions, and ministers have vowed new laws to protect them. MARK EDMONDS reveals the barbaric reality of life for primates trafficked on the dark web". Mark Edmonds. Mail Online accessed 2021-07-05
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2021-07-01: "Concerns mount as Baboons appear in several neighborhoods of Saudi capital". Tareq Al-Thaqafi. Arab News accessed 2021-07-01
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Periods of development and economic boom have meant that the baboons' natural habitat has often been invaded. This continuous sabotage over the course of many years – excessive logging, destruction of forests, and the killing of natural predators such as tigers, hyenas, wolves, and lynxes – led to the rise of the "monkey phenomenon" in different regions of the Kingdom. They began to flee from the natural areas in which they lived to agricultural areas, attacking the livelihood of farmers.

Ahmed Al-Bouq, supervisor of the national launch program and the research and breeding centers of the National Center for Wildlife, stated that …killing the animals was not a viable solution, stressing the important issue of maintaining ecological balance.


2021-06-27: "How this Saudi farmer keeps baboons at bay". Samir Salama. Gulf News accessed 2021-06-28
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Al Abdali added as the monkeys are smart, he changes the position and location of the tiger toy, creating tiger roar from time to time, so that the monkeys get scared, and do not come close, thinking that it is a real tiger.

2021-06-24: "Two charged with Animal Cruelty in death of monkey found in a hot car". Savannah Smith. WVLT8 accessed 2021-06-25

2021-06-10: "How much does it cost to buy a monkey?". Adrian Zorzut. The U.S. Sun accessed 2021-06-18
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2021-06-07: "Great apes predicted to lose 90% of homelands in Africa, study finds". Damian Carrington. The Guardian accessed 2021-06-08
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2021-06-05: "Runaway monkey reunited with family after train station adventure". Anonymous. Sky News accessed 2021-06-08
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2021-06-01: "Depressed monkeys self-harm in caged hell as Britain's squalid suburban pet trade exposed". Nada Farhoud. The Mirror accessed 2021-06-02
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2021-05-28: "Police seize more than 100 monkeys allegedly trafficked in illegal meat trade". Tanutam Thawan. Thaiger accessed 2021-05-30
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2021-05-28: "Man arrested for allegedly smuggling over 100 wild monkeys". Anonymous. The Nation Thailand accessed 2021-05-30
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2021-05-25: "Monkey Business In Reno Neighborhood As Pet Macaque Escapes". Anonymous. 2 News accessed 2021-05-27
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2021-05-25: "Perhilitan: Seven dusky leaf monkeys culled in Port Dickson after they attacked humans". Sarban Singh. The Star accessed 2021-05-25

2021-05-25: "Malaysians aghast over culling of 20 dusky langurs". Sarban Singh. The Star accessed 2021-05-25

2021-05-23: "Port Dickson folk livid over heartless shooting of endangered langurs". Amar Shah Mohsen. the Vibes.com accessed 2021-05-25
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2021-05-18: "Sheriff's Rodeo celebrates 25 years". Cody Estremera. The Times-News accessed 2021-05-26
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This is an appalling abuse of monkeys.

2021-05-10: "Smuggled monkeys, lizards and snakes find peace in Gaziantep Zoo". Daily Sabah accessed 2021-05-13
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2021-05-08: "Smuggled monkeys seized at Turkey-Iran border delivered to zoo". Haber Merkezi. Yeni Şafak accessed 2021-05-13
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2021-05-08: "'Pet' chimp chained up for 25 years is rescued". Jane Flanagan. The Times accessed 2021-05-10
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2021-03-26: "Capuchin monkey found outside Owenton home, Ky. Fish & Wildlife investigating". Taylor Durden. WAVE3 News accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-03-11: "Runaway monkey fell from balcony after owner 'kept it in shocking conditions'" Faye Brown. Metro accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-03-09: "Rescued Monkeys arrive at Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K.) Sanctuary, a Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) Member" APOGroup. The Guardian accessed 2021-12-10

2021-02-11: "PETA demands probe of 'cruel' experiment on monkeys in China using NIH funds" Lexi Lonas. The Hill accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-02-09: "Nine monkeys recovered from shrine in DI Khan" Ehtisham Khan. The Express Tribune accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-02-01: "Youtuber Takes Monkeys Using Firecrackers and Beats, Americans Report to Anies" author(s). Headlinesmania.com accessed 2021-03-28
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2021-01-27: "Animal rights group press government to sanction, fine UL for monkeys' deaths" Ken Stickney. The Acadiana Advocated accessed 2021-03-29
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2021-01-24: "'No more monkey selfies': scientists told images could drive illegal pet trade" Patrick Greenfield. The Guardian accessed 2021-03-29
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2021-01-24: "Man arrested for selling macaques blames virus" Wassayos Ngamkham. Bangkok Post accessed 2021-03-29
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2021-01-21: "Florida 'Monkey Whisperer' Charged in Illegal Wildlife Trade" AP. 6 South Florida accessed 2021-03-29
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2021-01-13: "Through the looking glass: Europe's captive primates – in pictures" Anne Berry. The Guardian accessed 2021-03-29
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2021-01-10: "Limestone mining in northern Vietnam pushes endangered langurs to extinction" Anonymous. ASEAN Today accessed 2021-03-29
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2021-01-06: "Tapanuli Orangutan: Rarest Great Ape Is in Greater Danger Than Previously Known" Isabella B. The Science Times accessed 2021-03-29
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2021-01-04: "World's second largest population of rare langurs threatened by limestone mining" Tat Dinh. VnExpress accessed 2021-03-29
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