Hidden within the 4,439 hectare Son Tra Nature Reserve in Vietnam, also known to locals as "Monkey Mountain," is the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.
Named as the "green lungs" of Da Nang City, the Son Tra Peninsula is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and 370 species of animal. Other than the flora (several plant species were only discovered as recently as 2016), travelers could encounter the critically endangered red-shanked douc langur or the Sunda pangolin (the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world) on the peninsula. Listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in the Red List of Threatened Species, only around 1,300 of the critically endangered red-shanked douc langurs inhabit the nature reserve. Outside of Son Tra Peninsula, it is estimated that less than 1,000 individuals remain in the Annamite Rainforests.
Honored as “Asia's Leading Green Resort 2018” by World Travel Awards, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort has developed a variety of sustainable initiatives to protect Son Tra’s biodiversity and lead the sustainable development of eco-tourism in the region. Most recently, the resort has announced the appointment of James Morrison as the Resort Zoologist. Morrison is appointed to help protect the natural environment and genetic diversity by educating residents and guests about the wildlife and natural habitats in the resort, as well as conserving ecosystems on the peninsula.
James’ first experience in conservation was gained in 2011 working with an anti-poaching detail in Kruger National Park, South Africa. He moved to Vietnam in 2014 to lecture English and Environmental Studies at the National University of Water Resources in Hanoi. After traveling through national parks in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal he returned to Vietnam to take up the role of Head Keeper Pu Mat National Park for the organization Save Vietnam’s Wildlife.