Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!


Species: Javan langur

Nominated by: Aspinall Foundation

Conservation status: Vulnerable

Why do you love it? Langurs are very family-orientated and groups stay together most of their natural lives, with little ones being looked after by the whole group.

We have looked after Javan langurs at both Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve, since 1988 and have enjoyed great breeding success with these primates.  We now return langurs (along with Javan gibbons and grizzled leaf monkeys) from the Kent parks to our Javan Primate Project in Indonesia.

At our project, they are looked after by our dedicated team, adjusted to the climate and their new surroundings, before being introduced to langurs or gibbons rescued from the illegal pet trade in Indonesia and eventually released into protected forests in order to boost the dwindling wild population.

Howletts and Port Lympne have bred langurs for the past 20 years and we have one of the largest collections of Javan langurs in the world.

What are the threats to the Javan langur? Habitat loss, the illegal pet trade and hunting are all threats to the Javan langur.

What are you doing to save it? The Aspinall Foundation’s Javan Primate Conservation Project was set up in 2009 and aims to achieve the following:

– The reduction of the illegal trade and possession of Indonesian primates by repression (facilitating confiscation of illegally held primates) and by prevention (information, awareness, education

– The rehabilitation of confiscated primates, for the conservation and individual welfare of these ‘ambassadors’ of their species

– The reintroduction of endangered primate species to sites from where they have been extirpated

– The management of these sites for the restoration and the protection of their natural resources

– The promotion of local, national and international awareness of the threats facing the primates of Java

In addition to boosting indigenous populations with captive-bred primates and those rescued and rehabilitated in the charity’s centres in West and East Java, the Aspinall Foundation along with the Indonesian government is committed to a programme of reducing the illegal hunting and trade of the species through information, education and awareness.

Find out more about the Aspinall Foundation’s overseas projects

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