Nam Cat Tien National Park

Located 150 km from Hochiminh City, the jungles of Nam Cat Tien support an astounding variety of bird life, a very healthy population of monkeys. Nam Cat Tien boasts a wide range of evergreen, semi deciduous and bamboo forests; some 1800 species of plants thrive in the park. In 2002 UNESCO added Cat Tien National Park to its list of biosphere reserves.

The park consists of evergreen tropical and deciduous forest, dominated by Dipterocarpaceae, Fabaceae and Lythraceae (especially Lagerstroemia spp.), with 40% of the park comprising bamboo woodland, and the remaining 10% farmland, wetlands and grassland.

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The park fauna is impressive, if highly threatened, comprising of such impressive megafauna as Javan Rhinos (one of only two populations in the world), Asian Elephants, and Sun Bears. Gaur still persist in the area, whereas banteng, kouprey, and Wild Asian Water Buffalo no longer occur in Cat Tien. Some accounts also list Indochinese Tigers, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Dholes and Asiatic black bears; however, a recent series of surveys did not confirm this.
The park also holds hosts of smaller mammal species, including Yellow-cheeked Gibbons, Silvery Langurs, Crab-eating Macaques, Pygmy Slow Loris, as well as civets, mouse deer, and treeshrews.

The park also has impressive bird species including: peafowl, Siamese fireback, endemic Germain’s peacock-pheasant, endemic red-vented barbet, bar-bellied and blue rumped pittas, milky stork and a wide variety of resident and migratory waterfowl. Groups of 10-20 lesser adjutant storks have been observed, and the species is said to breed in the centre of the marsh along with various herons and egrets. Woolly-necked stork has also been reported in recent years. Some migratory ducks are present during winter. The reserve is also rich in birds of prey including several species associated with the wetlands, such as osprey, grey-headed fishing eagle and the crested serpent eagle.

The Cat Tien National Park is located in the three provinces of Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc and located approximately 150km north-east of Ho Chi Minh City. Vegetation is varied and made up of seasonally flooded grassland and swamp forest. The wetland is bounded to the east, south and west by dense humid evergreen forest with Hills support semi-evergreen and deciduous forest.

You may wish to visit the Stieng and Chau Ma people, who have lived in the central valley of the reserve for several centuries, and several hundred people are currently resident – especially in the South of the Park.

Nam Cat Tien National Park

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