India-Bangladesh join hands to protect spectacled Langur

India and Bangladesh have decided to take concerted conservation efforts to protect the rare spectacled Langur.

These conservation efforts will be taken to protect this species of Langur found in Patharia Hills Reserve Forest on either side of the fenced border along both nations in Karimganj district of Assam’s Barak Valley.

Decision in this regard was taken into effect at the meeting of higher officials of both countries.

The primary focus of this conservation effort is to preserve the habitat for the survival of the primates in the Patharia Hills Reserve Forest that is posing a major threat to the wildlife present in the forest.

It also seeks to spread awareness campaigns which will be conducted in the fringe villages to urge people not to destroy the forests for firewood.

Spectacled Monkey is popularly known as the ‘Chasme vala bandar’. They have white spectacle like patches around the eyes.

The Patheria Hills reserve Forest is spread over an area of around seven thousand hectares on the Indian side and consists of two blocks Patheria ‘A’ and ‘B’.

It is only the forest in Assam, where the Spectacled Monkey is found while Mizoram and Tripura are the other two states in the country where it inhabits.

Apart from spectacled Langur, the reserve forest is also home to the endangered Hoolock Gibbon and Golden Langur.

It should be noted that Golden langue is one of endangered primate species in India.

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