THE PLIGHT OF VIETNAM’S KARST-DWELLING SPECIES

I was quoted in a recent article detailing the development of karst areas in Vietnam, and what that means for biodiversity and biodiversity researchers. Research has shown that these karsts host an array of endemic species (species found no where else on Earth) that is at risk of extinction or extirpation if karst stripping and cement processing continues throughout not only Vietnam, but more broadly Southeast Asia. In this article in the Southeast Asia Globe, journalist Govi Snell writes about the destruction of the karsts, with particular reflection of the impact on Delacour’s langur, one of the most critically endangered primates in the world. Snell also discusses Vietnam’s most recently described snake species, Zugs’ odd-scaled snake, which colleagues and I recently discovered.

THE PLIGHT OF VIETNAM’S KARST-DWELLING SPECIES

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